Portly Cooks | Lamb Iskender… Kind of

I had this for the first time ever in a restaurant I’d been taken to Istanbul by my friend, this is my go at making something near to Iskender, I’m not saying it is Iskender but it has all the flavours. Serves 3-4 1 Boneless Leg of lamb 1 tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp Mixed…

Portly Cooks | Spiced Lamb Mince and Orzo

I got a new spice mix the other day and used this dish as an experiment and it worked really nicely. Don’t worry if you can’t find Lebansese 7 Spice, you can sub it out for Harissa Spices/paste and this will still work perfectly. 100g Lamb Mince 65g Orzo Half a courgette (diced) 1 Tomato…

Portly Cooks | Slow Cooked Lamb Shank in Minted Gravy

Oooo Lamb Shank, this is up there in the top 3 of answers to the question, ‘What would your final meal be?’  It’s an indulgent meal perfect for a Sunday roast or a fancy mid-week treat, all this one needs is time, and you get that awesome smell of dinner wafting through the house when…

Portly Cooks | Arrosticini

Since I first tried them in Abruzzo, Italy I have been trying desperately to make a decent replica of Arrosticini.  I finally think I’ve cracked it. Although I used Lamb leg and not shoulder. 2 Lamb Leg Steaks 8 Skewers Salt Chop the lamb into bite sized chunks and put on to the skewers, I…

Portly Cooks | Lamb Kofta

Sometimes you want to jazz up your evening meals and make something slightly more interesting. Koftas for me are definitely up there with something that will excite not only your eyes but taste buds too. They aren’t particularly that difficult either and everyone loves something on a stick right? 500g Lamb Mince 2 tsp Harissa…

Portly Cooks | 10 Hour Lamb Belly Tagine

Slow food is some of the best food and who doesn’t love a good tagine?  This one is literally a chuck it all in and leave it kind of deal. 200g Lamb Belly 1 Rasher Bacon 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes 1 Small Tin Butterbeans 1 tsp Harissa Spice Mix 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp…

Portly Cooks | Harissa & Mint Lamb Belly Pita

So, this one came to mind while I was watching a cooking demonstration last weekend. This is perfect for the BBQ and seeing as this weekend is a Bank Holiday why not wheel it out (brolly at the ready just in case) and chuck this on the coals. Lamb Belly 1 tsp Harissa Spice Mix…

Portly Cooks | Leftover Hot Crust Pastry Minted Lamb Pies

Here’s an answer for what to do with your leftover lamb. Who doesn’t love a good pie? 220g Lard 200ml Water 500g Plain Flour 250g Leftover Lamb (Shoulder/Leg/Belly… even Chop) 50ml Leftover Gravy 1 Egg (beaten) It’s fairly simple really. In a saucepan bring the water to the boil and then melt the lard into…