Cheerio and welcome travelers and foodie lovers to this week’s The Traveling Foody adventure in England. As the 2012 Summer Olympics come to a close in England, I like to honor all the participants; from the athletes who performed their hearts out to the family and fans that have supported them throughout their lives, thank you for your outstanding performances. Not only have there been ups and downs but many surprises and drama to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although, I am an American, I fully respect any great athlete and to see England take the Gold in their country for Men’s tennis… Well that was great to see! Another highlight for us was watching the Water Polo events. All in all, this has been a great experience for us and for many others for there was so much passion and determination by all of the athletes, coaches and supporters.
There might be a few readers that are unaware of England’s topography, migration and cuisine. England is located in northern Europe between Scotland and Wales and has a temperate climate which allows farmers to produce a wide range of foods. Early settlers grew wheat and barley for breads. Later, Romans brought new herbs and introduced farming techniques such as fencing livestock to supplement the hunter-gathering diet. During the Viking invasions, the Danish and Norwegians brought with them smoking and fish drying techniques. Many meals after this time were prepared as a stew or pottage. English cuisine today has retained the heart of its earlier cooking history while utilizing its global shipping hub to incorporate herbs, meats and spices in creating the savory and sweet taste the world has come to know as English cuisine.
Cuisines of England that we love but are not limited to:
· Toad in the Hole
· Fish and Chips
· Yorkshire pudding
· Shepherd’s/Cottage pie
· Bangers and Mash
· Apple Crumble
· Black pudding
· Bubble and Squeak
I would like to leave you with a Lamb Kebab in Spicy Yogurt Dressing recipe which is featured in the England section of Around the World in 80 Recipes, which can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Damien-T.-De-Witte/e/B0080YZEU4. The book also consists of a Shepherd’s pie and Toad in a Hole Recipe. Don’t for get to visit the website and faceboook page for cool photos and updates.
Lamb Kebab in Spicy Yogurt Dressing
- 1 large corn-on-the-cob
- 8 shallots
- 5 oz natural yogurt
- 1 garlic clove, skinned and crushed
- 2 bay leaves, crumbled
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 ½ lb boned leg of lamb, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 8 oz zucchini cut into ¼ inch slices
- 4 tomatoes, halved
- salt and pepper
- lemon wedges, to garnish
Blanch the corn in boiling salted water for 1 minute, drain well, cut into 8 pieces and set aside. Blanch the shallots in boiling salted water for 1 minute, skin and set aside.
To make the marinade, pour the yogurt into a shallow dish and stir in the garlic, bay leaves, lemon juice, allspice, coriander seeds and salt and pepper.
Thread the lamb cubes on to eight skewers with the zucchini, tomatoes, corn and shallots. Place in the dish, spoon over the marinade, cover and leave for 2-3 hours, turning occasionally to ensure even coating.
Grill the kebabs for about 15-20 minutes, turning and brushing with the marinade occasionally.
Spoon remaining marinade over the kebabs and garnish with lemon wedges.
-Damien – The Traveling Foody