VERLAQUE BRAAI CHALLENGE

My friend Brenda won a sheep a while back on the Braai4Heritage Facebook page.  The challenge was to do with the best recipe for lamb on the fire, and Brenda answered something to the effect that lamb was flavoursome and needed little more fiddling than a bit of salt and pepper. (I can’t find the original post on the B4H page to link to.)

This I bore in mind when contemplating what to do for my entry for the Verlaque ‘Ver-lekker Braai Food challenge.

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=174004282615477

Lamb is probably my least favourite food and I never cook it indoors.  Our chef friend was coming for lunch and a braai seemed the perfect thing.  I had my butcher cut me some good loin chops, brought them home and stared at them for a while.

We were to have a simple meal; said friend had heard about my potato and anchovy salad during his last visit and had made a special request for it, so I had to take care that the lamb chops would compliment it, but still keep it simple.

My marinade was:

2 tablespoons Verlaque Wild Garlic infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tablespoons Froggit Thyme infused Balsamic Reduction

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

1 tablespoon soya sauce

Ground Rainbow peppers

Ground coriander seeds

No fuss, no fiddling, I soaked the meat overnight.  A short time on the coals, pink in the middle and quite perfect.

 

What the chef-friend said?

“Can I have the recipe for that marinade …”

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. that was a nice compliment!

  2. halfp1nt says:

    Marinade recipe added to my file!

  3. souldipper says:

    Any woman who is a good enough cook to invite chefs to a meal deserves to be asked for her recipes by them!! Well done!

  4. gospelwriter says:

    A lovely compliment! It does look good, especially on the plate with the potato and anchovy salad.

  5. thysleroux says:

    I really need to taste that salad … I do!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s great as a meal on its own:
      boiled baby potatoes
      parsley (lots)
      anchovies (and their preserving oil)
      capers
      green peppercorns

  6. MissChris says:

    Yum – lamb is one of my favourites and I am definately writing that recipe down – it will be good on roast lamb too – too bad I did not have the recipe yesterday!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am sure your roast was delicious 🙂

  7. Adeeyoyo says:

    The lamb chop looks good and so does the salad! Congratulations on impressing him with your marinade. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks adee, have a super week.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A lone leftover in the fridge for my lunch 😀

  8. Supa says:

    Nice pics Cini.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ta Supa, I expect there will be many more fancy entries for the competition 😉 professional chefs etc …

  9. Best compliment! Looks wonderful – you’re very clever! Good luck for the competition.
    Sushine

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sunshine, I imagine you miss Saffie braais a lot?

      1. I certainly miss the occasion of Saffa braais, and my friends! Being married to a vegetarian, though, meat doesn’t feature on our menu at all. Our friends here are all amazed as they thought a South African vegetarian was an oxymoron! xx

      2. theonlycin says:

        haha, I was one for years 😀

  10. aardvarkian says:

    How can I get a sheep? I’m gonna need some woolly jumpers this winter?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Can’t help, sorry aardie … I think Brenda’s sheep arrived without a jumper and was chopped into tidy little freezer-sized bits.

  11. Naomi says:

    As a bit of a lamb fan, this look DELICIOUS!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It sure went down well 😀

  12. Koek! says:

    Sounds delicious! Must try it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Simple and worthwhile 🙂

  13. slpmartin says:

    I will try this since lamb is not really high on my list either. 😀

  14. Some sad ironies in life, no.

    I bet it was a lovely dinner.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good company we had, it was a grand day.

  15. Delicious looking lamb, your marinade is very tempting… I´ll try it!

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