"8 day old lamb...ewww!"
"You're going to get food poisoning..."
"Just how broke are you?"
"That's just wrong..."
"8 days?! Are you crazy?!" etc, etc
But just bear with me.
At some point last week, I want to say it was Tuesday, I made lamb chops. And they were good. Really Good:
Bone-in Lamb chops
Cracked whole garlic cloves
Fresh ground black pepper*
Marinated in a ziplock bag, about 6 hours. (I came home from work during my lunch break to prepare them, took about 20 minutes, yeah...living walking distance from my job is a real PLUS)
Grilled (yes, grilled) on a good quality, solid cast-iron grill pan. (apartment warming gift from my sister, LOVE IT!)
*These are non-negotiable. Dried rosemary really won't cut it, and neither will pre-ground black pepper. You will tasted the difference, and after all that work, why make a fuss over such reasonably priced extravagances. TRUST ME.
[I will have to dedicate an entire post to kitchen/pantry must-haves]
**When marinating meat with such an aromatic herb such as rosemary, I skewer the rosemary into the flesh of the meat, to really ensure the flavor penetrates within.
mmm lamb chops...last Tuesday.
So then what happened??
I of course made a whole meal complete with sides (and wine), but they were nothing special, so I won't elaborate on that meal any further.
>>>Fast forward. If you know me well, you know I have the attention span of a two year old, and after 2 days of chops for lunch and/or dinner. I had enough.
Then LIFE happened, and I had to go out of town for a few days. The lamb went in the freezer, and 4 days later, I returned home to Baltimore and the STORM OF THE CENTURY. Rather than eat more lamb chops during the days I was confined indoors, I only did what prisoners of winter usually do: indulge my cravings for breakfast food and cheesy bread.
Before I realized it, the lamb chops had been out of the freezer for days, that bag of fresh spinach I bought the week before was still open, probably half frozen, most certainly kinda slimy, and I had not eaten a real meal in over a week! [gasp says the health promotion professional!]
So what's a girl to do?
Pray & Get Creative:
That not-so-fresh, kinda slimy, but it still cost $4 bag of spinach did not go to waste!
Sauteed in butter & olive oil [yes, both! butter is love, but olive oil is life, will discuss later] with minced garlic, salt & pepper.
A simple grocery store baguette will do, [I've long stopped searching for the ever elusive authentic Parisian baguette. I've accepted the fact that I'm not in paris anymore...sigh] my only demand is that if I give the bread a squeeze, I feel a crunch. See those crumbs? That a from a good outer crust.
Diced tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper to taste.
Now this was a departure from my usual bruschetta recipe. I "fried" the bread in butter & olive oil on the stove top. [I should defend this action by saying i just spent 4 days in Georgia]
Best decision EVER.
Oh yeah, and the lamb chops. I just reheated a chop in the same skillet I fried the bread in, with butter remnants and all, and a little water for some moisture. The end result:
A wholesome, delicious real meal, complete with lemon for a bit of acid on the spinach, an aperitif of sparkling peach pear soda (courtesy of Target!) with a splash of vodka, over ice.
Mmmm, leftovers never tasted so good.
[and I didn't die, yay!]