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Old 03-24-2006, 06:36 PM   #11
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IMHO Shepherd’s Pie can be a bit dull. However, it can be given a lift if you add a scant tsp each of allspice, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Furthermore, I prefer to top with mashed cooked carrot instead of mashed potato.
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Old 03-24-2006, 07:01 PM   #12
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Don’t forget the good old standby for leftover lamb; Rissoles.

450g (1lb) cooked lamb passed through the mincer (grinder)
75g (3oz) Breadcrumbs, fresh or dried
5 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 Egg
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Dried Mixed Herbs
1 Clove Garlic, crushed


Place all of the ingredients except the oil into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Shape into balls.
Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan on high heat.
Fry the rissoles until golden brown, turning as required.
Reduce the heat and allow to cook through.
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Old 03-24-2006, 07:37 PM   #13
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I second it lamb curry. There was a very old lamb recipe made as sweet and sour sauce with pineapple, marshino cherries, sherry wine and lamb over rice. Very good. Sorry I do not have the recipe but I fake it sometimes.
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Old 03-24-2006, 09:01 PM   #14
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Lamb Curry is nice with additional fruit. But may I give a tip? Add the fruit for the last five minutes of the cooking, otherwise the flavours are drowned. I have not used maraschino cherries but I sometimes use chunks of peaches instead of the pineapple. Apple is also a nice additive, again for the last five minutes only.
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Old 03-25-2006, 08:31 AM   #15
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IMHO Shepherd’s Pie can be a bit dull. However, it can be given a lift if you add a scant tsp each of allspice, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Furthermore, I prefer to top with mashed cooked carrot instead of mashed potato.
yummm,, good ideas advoca, thanks. i've never thought of mashed carrot, i'll try a mix of carrot and spuds next time. i've tried sweet potatoes with success.

i like the idea of allspice and cloves, but i'm not a fan of cinnamon, except with fruit. i like to add a little allspice, cloves and bay leaves to water used to make rice, and boil them for a few minutes before adding the rice.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:13 PM   #16
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Buy a package of couscous (I generally buy unflavored MidEast). I reconstitute it with chicken stock according to instructions.

Then toss in your minced leftover lamb (if you don't have leftover, buy ground or chop up some inexpensive cut and sautee).

Add:

almonds or pine nuts
some sort of chopped dried fruit -- anything from raisins to dates
capers or green peppercorns
any fresh herbs you like: parsley, sage, cilantro, chives, green onions, etc

Drizzle the completed dish with olive oil or melted butter (ghee would be better, but I'm too lazy)

Serve with a cucumber/yogurt/mint salad, and a relish tray with lots of olives and nuts as a first course.
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