Sunday 8 January 2012

January Challenge: Day 4

Today I used up the last of a bottle of soy sauce making the dressing for cabbage and noodle salad. For a moment in the supermarket I was pondering buying a dressing but remembered my goals for this month - making the dressing was easy because I already had all the ingredients in my pantry.

I continued my assault on the pantry with Moroccan lamb meatballs for dinner. They were surprisingly good!
Meatballs aren't photogenic.

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs

500g lamb mince
1 heaped tsp caramelised onion jam (or your favourite chutney)
1 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp chilli paste
1 egg
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1 tin diced tomatoes
1 small onion, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp preserved lemon rind, finely chopped**
1 small zucchini, diced

Make the sauce by sautéing the onion, garlic and spices in olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, honey, lemon and zucchini and simmer for 5-10minutes while you make the meatballs.

Mix the meatball ingredients together and shape into golf ball sized pieces. Place the meatballs into the sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes, turning the meatballs occasionally as they cook. Serve with seasoned couscous.

** I was given a jar of homemade preserved lemon from my friend - I finally got around to trying them and they're delicious!

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