Before Jeff left for work this morning he left a note for me on the kitchen counter that made my heart sing! Now some of you might imagine a flowery message declaring his undying love; while others may jump to something a bit racier. But those who know me best will not be surprised to hear that the note read, “Girls [our dogs] did not eat. Would you mind marinating the lamb chops?”
Lovelier words cannot be spoken to someone who loves to cook, eat and entertain! In fact, they are two of my favorite words when spoken together – lamb chops. Clearly you can surmise that I am not a vegetarian – not that there’s anything wrong with that! So yes, honey. Yes, I will marinate the lamb chops. In fact, I will photograph the process!
To my way of thinking a simple but flavorful Mediterranean preparation is best when it comes to this delicious meat.
I start in my herb garden, a place that gives me great delight – the possibilities are endless and when you lightly brush against the plants you are rewarded with a lovely aroma. Rosemary is my go to herb when it comes to lamb so I cut some fresh rosemary and immediately pull one of the fresh sprigs through my hand to warm it ever so slightly. Immediately I smell that piney scent and have the slightly sappy feel on my hands like you get when you touch a pine tree.
Back inside I prep my other ingredients. A fresh lemon, several cloves of garlic and some red pepper flakes. Mmm mmm mmm, my hands smell wonderful.
I season the lamb chops with salt and pepper on both sides and place them in a zip top bag with some olive oil and the juice of one lemon. I then add the lemon zest, the chopped garlic, the red pepper flakes and the chopped rosemary. The chops are now resting in the fridge waiting to be grilled to perfection and served with a creamy polenta and some fresh veggies.
Do we always eat this extravagantly? I wish I could answer, “Yes.” But the truth is, we’re like so many other couples – busy beyond belief, running from one thing to the next and sometimes too tired to cook. Some nights dinner is take-out pizza or breakfast food or leftovers eaten in front of the television; but not tonight…..tonight, we just might eat at the table!!!!