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Of Lamb Chops on a Weekday Afternoon

Lamb chops are an all-time favourite. Roasted, marinated, pan-fried, bread crumbed – you name it – I like them all. Though I love having them with mustard, it’s nice to try variations. And when I have limited vegetables in stock, I become too lazy to go grocery shopping and instead, try and salvage something delicious with whatever I find. This is such a story.

Lamb Chop with Veggies
1 lamb chop
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 small carrot (chopped)
1 tbs tomato paste/sauce
1 tbs English mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chilly flakes
2 tbs oil
Salt to taste

– Heat the oil in a pan and once hot, sear the lamb chop till golden brown. About 2-3 minutes a side will suffice.

– Wrap the chop in foil. Keep aside.

– In the same pan which has the juices, add the chopped garlic and chilly flakes.

– Add the chopped onion and carrot and cook till softened.

– Add the oregano, mustard and tomato paste. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Season well. Add the juices from the foil in which the chop is kept.

– Plate everything and serve hot!

Simple pleasures

Simple pleasures

And healthy too!

And healthy too!

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The organic debate

I recently received an invite for an organic event in Calcutta (or Kolkata). That got me thinking about the wave of free-range and organic produce found in the markets today. If you like Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows as much as I do, you’ll know that he promotes organic produce for the benefit of the consumers.

I started reading up on ‘why organic’. Yes, I won’t buy ready-to-eat meals or packaged soups and pastas but I would buy ingredients, say like eggs, without really thinking whether they were free range or not. I spoke to a friend who owns an organic food/retail company called Living Free. “It’s the question of the choice one makes,” she said when I questioned why would someone pay a lot more to buy free range eggs. “The idea is to reduce packaged food consumption and increase the intake of fresh produce. It’s about getting people to understand there are healthy options. We are here to spread awareness about holistic living,” she said.

A simple google search will give you thousands of reasons why people are choosing to go organic against the processed and packaged. But of course you will find skeptics calling this a fad. When one describes organic produce, one believes they have been obtained without the use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. Though there are claims of organic food tasting better, I honestly haven’t consciously gone shopping keeping in mind that I must buy such products. But as a keen student of food, I would definitely love to try it out.

I wish I was there but for all you in Calcutta (Kolkata), if you have the time and are keen on checking out organic produce and fashion, do drop in at Jhaal Farezi (near Park Circus) on January 12!

What do you feel about the organic- non-organic debate?

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