Friday, 6 September 2013


I think I have said it before, how much I love middle eastern food! This is no exception. The lovely soft braised meat covered in spices with bursts of sweetness and sourness, fluffy couscous and a zingy fresh salad.


olive oil
6 lamb chops
2 onions sliced
8 cloves garlic crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cinnamon stick
4 star anise
1 orange zest grated
2 tbs tomato paste
3 tbs pomegranate molasses
1 L chicken stock
handful Iranian/wild figs
1.5 C couscous prepared to package instructions just before lamb is finished.

2 blood oranges segmented
1 tangelo segmented
1 ruby grapefruit segmented
1/2 red onion finely sliced
handful coriander leaves

Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Heat oil in a pan and brown of lamb. Remove and set aside. Add onion, garlic, spices and orange zest and cook for 5 minutes until starting to colour. Add tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, stock and figs. Add lamb back and bring to a simmer. Cover pan and put in oven or transfer into an ovenproof dish and allow to cook for a couple of hours until lamb is lovely and tender.

Add all salad ingredients in a bowl and toss together.

Serve on top of couscous with the salad on the side.


  1. Hi Nathalie,

    It's my first post on your site:)

    This looks yum! I bet the citrus flavour really compliments the lamb....mmmmmmmm

    1. Thank-you for stopping by :D Thank-you it was delicious! Citrus and Lamb are always a winner!

  2. This recipe sounds delicious. I love pomegranate molasses, and the addition of such a variety of citrus in the salad is so unique.

  3. I've not had much (any) middle eastern food, but the flavor combinations sound interesting. Thanks for sharing at Food on Friday.

    1. Oh Middle Eastern food is amazing, do try and hunt some down :D

  4. I just love Lamb and I can almost taste your awesome salad. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  5. This looks delicious as well as nutritious. We Americans need to eat this well. sigh... Time and work are the biggest issues here, I think. Thank you for linking up with Inspired Sunday,

    1. It really was :D Oh yes and so do some Aussies, with the same factors leading to a bad diet! Thanks heaps for stopping by!

  6. I came across you blog while on another one and your salad sure did catch my eye. I am always looking for a new recipe idea. The Middle Eastern Lamb and Citrus salad have my mouth watering. I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    1. Oh thanks! It is such a pretty salad! I will check it out, blogging is unfortunately taking a back seat at the moment as we prepare for bubba number 2 and finishing of some renovating!


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