Friday, September 18, 2009

Kosher Lamb

Serves: 8

  • 1 kg lean lamb strips, cut up thin
  • 4 very large washed leeks
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled
  • 4 peeled potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large bottle of tomato pieces (coarse)

Put meat in the saucepan. (I use my pressure cooker).

Add sliced up leeks (they need a lot of washing and you have to open the sheets because there is lots of mud/earth). On top of lamb - add sliced carrots and potatoes. Salt and pepper & any spices you like.

Pour bottle of tomato on top (coarse, with pieces).

Cook for 1/2 hour on very small light. The slow cooking is best as it allows the flavours to run through each other; stir from time to time to make sure nothing sticks.

It was delicious. Must make it again soon. and notice NO FAT!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Barbecue Veal / Lamb Chops

Barbecue Veal / Lamb Chops
Serves: 6

  • 6 chops
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (click here for vegetarian/homemade recipe)
  • 4 tablespoons water
Blend all ingredients for sauce.

Place chops in sprayed and foil-lined pan. Cover chops with sauce.

Bake at 350°F for about 1 hour or until tender.

Poster's Notes:
This is a recipe I used with veal chops, but I am sure it can be equally good with lamb chops.

Add small potatoes to pan to complete the meal.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lamb Classifications and nomenclature

Classifications and nomenclature

Because of dramatically differing economic values of each type of animal (lamb being the most expensive), classification systems have developed to ensure consumers receive the product they have purchased. The strict definitions for lamb, hogget and mutton vary considerably between countries. In New Zealand for example, they are defined as follows:
  • Lamb — a young sheep under 12 months of age which does not have any permanent incisor teeth in wear
  • Hogget — a young male sheep or maiden ewe having no more than two permanent incisors in wear
  • Mutton — a female (ewe) or castrated male (wether) sheep having more than two permanent incisors in wear.

In Australia the definitions are extended to include ewes and rams, as well as being stricter on the definition for lamb which is:

  • Lamb — 0 permanent incisors; female or castrate entire male ovine 0–12 months (note that the Australian definition requires 0 permanent incisors, whereas the New Zealand definition allows 0 incisors 'in wear'.)

The younger the lamb is, the smaller the lamb will be, however, the meat will be more tender. Sheep mutton is meat from a sheep over two years old, and has a less tender flesh. In general, the darker the colour, the older the animal. Baby lamb meat will be pale pink, while regular lamb is pinkish-red.

Other definitions include:

  • Lamb — a young sheep that is less than one year old
  • Baby lamb — a milk-fed lamb between six and eight weeks old
  • Spring lamb — a milk-fed lamb, usually three to five months old, born in late winter or early spring and sold usually before July 1
  • Yearling lamb — a young sheep between 12 and 24 months old.

Chuletillas in Asturias
  • Milk-fed lamb — meat from an unweaned lamb, typically 4 to 6 weeks old and weighing 5.5 to 8 kg; this is almost unavailable in countries such as the USA and the UK, where it is considered uneconomic. The flavour and texture of milk-fed lamb when grilled (such as the tiny lamb chops known as chuletillas in Spain) or roasted (lechazo asado or cordero lechal asado) is generally thought to be finer than that of older lamb. The areas in northern Spain where this can be found include Asturias, Cantabria, Castile and León, and La Rioja. Milk-fed lambs (and kids) are especially prized for Easter in Greece, when they are roasted on a spit.
  • Sucker lambs — a term used in Australia — includes young milk-fed lambs as well as slightly older lambs up to about 7 months of age which are also still dependent on their mothers for milk. Carcases from these lambs usually weigh between 14 and 30 kg. Older weaned lambs which have not yet matured to become mutton are known as old-season lambs.
Lamb shanks
  • Salt marsh lamb (also 'Saltmarsh lamb') — the meat of sheep which graze on salt marsh in coastal estuaries that are washed by the tides and support a range of salt-tolerant grasses and herbs such as samphire, sparta grass, sorrel and sea lavender. Depending on where in the world the salt marsh is located, the nature of the plants may be subtly different. Salt marsh lamb has long been appreciated in France and is growing in popularity in the United Kingdom. Places where salt marsh lamb are reared in the UK include Harlech and the Gower peninsula in Wales, the Somerset Levels and Morecambe Bay.
In many eastern countries including the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia and Singapore the term mutton refers to goat's meat (which is also called chevon) and usually not to sheep's meat. Often, the mutton curries of the Indian cuisine use goat meat when cooked at home, although in Indian restaurants sheep meat is often used.