GREEK FEAST PART TWO + WEEKLY ROUNDUP

i wouldn't have posted this post due to the kinda dodgy photography (a rushed photo is never a good one), but the recipe is just too delicious not to share. this was part two of our oh my goodness we're leaving for perth tomorrow dinner. mum actually walked past me as i had my hands in marinated lamb mixture saying "this is kinda fancy for make-and-do". 

not so much fancy, more....delicious. 

the pilaf recipe is based off the one from sweet greek (which i blogged about here) a gorgeous cookbook. nuf said. read the other post for more and another recipe! the lamb marinade i based off this one here, but adjusted based on what i had in the cupboard and personal preference. 


WEEKLY ROUNDUP

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my dreams of becoming an old french grandmother baker become more tangible with this post from food52

a non food related link, but a very cool photographic collection . check it our here!



MARINATED LAMB + MUSHROOM PILAF

adapted from sweet greek

ingredients

for the lamb

4 lamb fillets, chopped 

1/4 cup dried oregano

juice of 2 lemons

1/3 cup olive oil

6 garlic cloves (3 crushed, 3 finely chopped)

salt

pepper

for the pilaf

1 1/2 cups basmati or long grain rice

1/2 cup olive oil

3 cups chicken stock

4 large cap mushrooms, finely diced

salt

method

mix all the marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl. add the lamb and cover with liquid. leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight.  

wash the rice well. in a medium/large saucepan, heat the oil until the surface is glistening.

add the rice and toast lightly. 

add the stock carefully, as it may bubble profusely. 

with the lid on the pot, leave simmering until pockets of air bubble appear on the surface of the rice. you may want to check that the rice is cooked by tasting. 

remove from heat and stir through a pinch of salt and the mushrooms. 

 cover the rice with a clean tea towel and replace the lid. leave for 10-15 mins. fluff with a fork and serve. 


warning: although these recipes are lovely, i do advise a solid teeth brushing afterwards. unless you want to be the front man in a battle against vampires :) 

- jess