Monday, 8 September 2008

Humble Fare

Cooking gourmet style meals are great when you have all the time in the world, but when you're a busy working wife and mother, getting food into tummies, as quick as possible, is more often than not your biggest priority. Usually (for me) this is paired with completing an assignment, that my 14 year old should have handed in yesterday!

This simple meal of roasted vegetables, with grilled rosemary chops is perfect for those days when standing in the kitchen is simply out of the question. You just get the vegetables in a hot oven for about an hour. You then put the chops in to cook, about 15 minutes before the vegetables are done. It only takes 2 quick trips into the kitchen and it's done!

Low Fat Roasted Vegetables

2 0r 3 Red Onions quartered (keep the root intact so it does not fall apart)
Butternut pieces (as much as you need to feed your clan)
1 Red or Green Pepper (or both )
2 Sprigs Rosemary
1 Chicken Stock Cube
A little water

Put all the ingredients into your baking pan and finely crumble the stock cube over the top.
Stick pieces of rosemary all around the vegetables.
I use about 25ml water just to start the cooking, but you can use olive oil if you're not watching your fat intake.
Roast for about 1 hour at 200 -220 degrees.

Grilled Lambs Chops

2 Chops per portion (or more for bigger eaters)
Fresh Rosemary
Coarse Sea Salt
Zest of 1/2 a lemon (more if you have lots of chops)
Little olive oil to lubricate

Pound all the above ingredients together to form a paste.
Massage into the chops.
Grill in very hot oven (or over coals) for 15 minutes.

Serve with the roasted vegetables and some mash.
Simple home style cooking, with absolutely no fuss at all.


Nina Timm said...

You have it worked out to a fine art....any quick breakfast ideas for these mornings when "little Mr Timm" quietly breaks the news that there is a Geography assignment due today!!!Aaaahhhhhh!!!!!
I love grilled chops!!!

Rose&Thorn said...

Nina - LOL, nothing like a little warning for those assignments. I always prepare breakfast the night before (plates, pills, glasses everything) - a real favourite is plain yoghurt with a little brown sugar and some fresh granadilla.

justfoodnow said...

MMMMMM - this is my absolute best!!!!

Thanks for so much inspiration!

Rose&Thorn said...

Just - I've been keeping it simple lately. Don't really want to spend hours cooking, but still crave good wholesome food.

Jeanne said...

Mmm, look at those beautiful veg - not to mention the lamb chop! I absolutely adore lamb chops but never seem to make them if we're not braaing - silly me. I also hear you on simple food - we have had visitors since Sunday and it's been eating out and eating fancy food non-stop. Tonight, all I want is a stir-fry!!

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - They also only seem to star when we have a braai, but with the weather being so bad lately, I couldn't wait any longer!

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