Learning to Eat My Words.

Middle Eastern Carrot & Lamb SaladI have, if we’re being honest here, never quite been a Jamie Oliver fan.

Don’t get me wrong. I do respect the man- especially how he single-handedly revamped British school lunches and made us all think twice before mindlessly wolfing down a handful of French fries or a pile of golden brown nuggets that had just moments before been sizzling in a pool of hot gleaming oil- but his shows, between their poorly lighted sets and shaky cameras,  honestly annoyed me the hell out of me.

That was, until Jamie at Home came along.

A huge garden with mind boggling varieties of every vegetable you can imagine growing (organically, to boot!), charming kitchen filled with the most gorgeous light combined with Jamie’s infectious, insatisable passion for growing and eating good food, the show quickly had me hooked quicker than I could reach for the remote to switch channels instinctively.

And before long, I was eagerly watching episodes after episodes of Jamie at Home, all the while wishing really hard I had his garden.

So when my mum gifted me the Jamie at Home cookbook (no hint dropping involved I swear! Just being glued to his show 24-7 seemed to do the trick ha!), it was all I could do not to drop everything and race to the kitchen.

Middle Eastern Carrot & Lamb Salad II

And what better to kick off my new found fascination with Jamie’s new show than with a carrot salad he so casually puts together on the show?

Now, carrots to me have always been just, well, carrots. I happily eat them raw in salads, steamed served with a piece of steak but they have always sort of been the sidekick.

But in this salad, carrots happily take to the limelight and hog the limelight, they do so incredibly well.

Tossed in a middle eastern-inspired dressing and served with fragrant minced lamb and some toasted pita, it was just an incredible salad through and through.

This had even my little sister picking at it and eventually giving in and filling up half a pita disc all the while proclaiming how good it was despite not being much of a carrot person.

I have to admit that for once, I’m happy to have to eat my words about Jamie’s shows.

And if this salad is anything to go, I really can’t wait to check out the rest of his cookbook (and  show, of course)!

Carrot and Lamb Salad [adapted from Jamie Oliver's Jamie at Home]

Middle Eastern Carrot & Lamb Salad III

Ingredients
2 lamb sausages, with the meat removed from the sausage casings
1 tsp garam masala
Sea salt
3 carrots, peeled
A small bunch of corriander leaves, chopped
2 small discs of pita breads, toasted
1/2 a lemon, sliced into 2 quarters

Dressing
1/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
A small knob of ginger, peeled and grated
Extra virgin olive oil

  1. Heat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the ground lamb. Add the garam masala and stir. Keep frying until the lamb’s fragrant and crisp.
  2. Cut the carrots into juvenile strips and set aside.
  3. To make the dressing Grind the cumin seed using a mortar and pestle. Combine the ground cumin with the lemon zest, juice, onion, grated ginger and a pinch of salt. Whisk everything together with a glurg of olive oil until it all comes together. Stir the dressing into the carrot. Mix the corriander in.
  4. Divide the lamb mince between two plates and serve with the dressed carrot, toasted pita bread and lemon slices. Serves 2
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10 Comments

  1. Shirley@kokken69

     /  October 18, 2010

    This is possibly the third carrot dish I have come across today… I am not a big fan of carrots but I guess with so many good recipes out there, I should start eating carrots.

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  2. Top notch post. Really, it came together quite well, and the photography was exquisite. And you have me wanting the book. Jamie Oliver should hire you to be a spokesperson, if he needs one.

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  3. Hey Laureen,
    The picture looks like it’s out from the cookbook! It looks truly good. If you asked me, I won’t bother to make this, but I would really like to try this if it’s available at any cafes! Kekeke….

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    • Hi Shirley. Really, third recipe? That is a lot of carrot recipes in a day! I adore carrots so I definitely have to roam the Internet to check those recipes out :)

      Aw thanks, Andrea! You’re always such a sweetheart :D The book definitely get my vote- everything in there looks incredible!

      Hey Jane :) Heh I don’t know of any cafes that might serve this but you should definitely give making this a go. It’s so easy! And if I can make you, it’ll be a walk in the park for you! :)

  4. Talk about lighting, I love your lighting in this photograph. I also love the salad. I like how the carrots are thinly shaved/sliced like that.

    Great job on the recipe. This is definitely going on my to make list.

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  5. A pity you’re not a Jamie fan! I happen to be a fan of the shaky cameras;– makes me feel like I’m watching an indie show of sorts :P But yes, Jamie at Home is a delight! Makes me wish I had my own garden and outdoor coal-powered oven at my backyard.

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  6. I’m just starting to learn the magic that JO casts over food. I never really saw the appeal of his shows, but his books are quite a different matter. I love how simply he deals with food, preferring instead to let the natural flavours speak. My kind of man!

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  7. Aw thanks, Naomi- I got lucky with the light at sunset! :D

    Hey Zhul :) I imagine plenty of people are fans of it, given how wildly popular his shoes are! But it reminds me way too much of the Blair Witch Project (worst show ever!)to ever be a fan :lol:

    Hi Celeste! Finally- a woman after my own heart! I think his tv producers and book publishers are finally stepping up with the quality of his shows and books- and I can’t be a bigger fan now! :D

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  8. Hey Laureen, have you watched River Cottage by Hugh Whittingstall? I love that show to bits. It’s got cooking and it’s got gardening and it’s got farm animals. I wish there were more food shows with the garden/farm to kitchen table concept!

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    • Hi! Yeap I’ve seen the show! Love the whole farm to dining table concept too.
      I have to admit that watching scenes of the slaughterhouse in one of the first episodes I caught was a little hard to watch but it’s hard not to be inspired by the guy’s passion for food and realism of where our food really comes from :)

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