I was in Turkey today. I mean, I felt like I was in Turkey. My boyfriend came around for dinner tonight and we decided to make Jamie’s Turkish Flats with salad. This quick and easy recipe was a delight to make and eat.
This is one recipe where I didn’t have to buy too many ingredients. This made me happy 🙂 I HATE throwing away food. Its funny how when I used to live with mum and dad, I loved food shopping and wouldn’t think twice about buying ingredients. Because mum and dad took care of all the bills, not me. But since I have been living on my own, I have really come to value food. Its not cheap and fresh food goes off very quickly. So once I buy stuff, I try to make recipes which use the same ingredients so that I don’t have to throw away expired items. I also don’t like stocking up my pantry too much because otherwise I forget what I have and end up buying things twice or chucking it away because it has gone past its due date before I notice it sitting on my shelf! Either way…you get the point.
For the Turkish Flats, I browned some lamb mince first. The recipe called for cumin seeds and paprika powder. I opted for red chilli powder instead….by now you must be fully aware of my love for chilli! And instead of cumin seeds I used cumin powder because I didn’t want to see the seeds in my food. Tastes exactly the same! I seasoned the meat and added garlic and rosemary. I got to use leftover rosemary from Sausage Fusili with Creamy Garden Salad – YAY for no wastage! In went the walnuts, tomato puree and lemon juice and that was it. I was quite surprised at the minimalism and was doubtful of its taste at that point.
The lamb mixture didn’t take very long to cook. I spread out this mix on tortillas and crisped them up in the oven.
Making the salad was a breeze. I skipped the capsicum and cucumber and used a mix of baby spinach, lettuce and mesculin leaves with spring onions and coriander. A drizzle of EVO and red wine vinegar, crumbled feta cheese and some seasoning made my salad ready for the table.
The salad went on the tortillas. Doesnt it look gorgeous? Crisp fresh salad with spiced lamb on soft tortillas.
Now for the taste test. Funnily enough, Jamie’s 15 minute meals TV show was airing while we had this meal. This was a dreamy meal. The salad was crunchy and fresh and the lamb had just enough spice in it with the walnuts adding a slight unexpected crunch. Warm lamb with fresh salad on soft tortillas…roll it up and gobble it down. Now if thats not a great 15 minute meal then I don’t know what is!
I completed this within 15 minutes. There was hardly any prep involved! Probably didn’t need to put the tortillas in the oven; 10-20 seconds in the microwave would have done the job before adding lamb mince on top. I will definitely be making this one again 🙂
Verdict – 4/5
Time – 15 minutes.