lamb chops

To all the chops I’ve loved before….spicy lamb chops!

Yudhika on SABC 2's Mela..for all the chops I have loved before!

Yudhika on SABC 2’s Mela..for all the chops I have loved before!

I have a strange sense of humour and drive my kids and my mom crazy with the songs I sing! One of my favourite singers was Julio Iglesias and his song, ‘To all the girls I’ve loved before’….what sounded romantic to me as a child, just sounds completely ironic now.

My version of the song, is ‘To all the chops I’ve loved before’…

To all the chops I’ve loved before,
Who marinated in and out my store,
I’m glad they came along…
I dedicate this blog….
To all the the chops I’ve loved before!

I am not shy to say…but boy, have I loved a few chops in my time! I am kind to myself and know that it’s a part of growing up and sometimes a part of growing old! I should write my memoirs and share some of my giggles but that would be telling, wouldn’t it?!

So, I like most of you have had my share of ‘boy trouble’ and the problem with boys is that they grow into bullies which is most unattractive and unacceptable! So from the cheats, to possessive freaks to older men and aging playboys…I have seen and experienced my fair share!

Has it made me bitter…absolutely not…I have learnt to laugh about it. And once you laugh, the tears never fall. Life is beautiful so why should we define it by dodgy relationships!

I do love lamb chops and marinated ones are my favourite. I prepared these on Mela a while ago and thought that if you have a love of chops, like me, then this recipe will not disappoint like some other chops do!

A message to all the chops I have loved before, your time has passed, I have grown from my experience and thank you for the education, the lessons learned and experience. I won’t look back and haven’t…there are no second chances or third ones and sorry won’t do! I guess if some of those chops walk past my work in a book store, they must be surprised and possibly kicking themselves for judging me by everything I did not have… where I come from, girls from wealthy families were taken seriously and money talked, while the rest walked! I don’t have regrets for it has shown me that some people lack character! For those of you who have had your heart broken, smile for you are free from what could have caused you a lifetime of pain! There is a reason why people don’t make a book and just have a chapter in your life! Love yourself and be kind during the hard times and heartbreak! And I wish you much happiness and love on your adventure!

If you missed the episode on Mela, click here, https://yudhikayumyum.com/sabc-2s-mela-videos/mela-spicy-lamb-chops-and-pavlova/

To all the chops I've loved before....marinated lamb chops by Yudhika Sujanani

To all the chops I’ve loved before….marinated lamb chops by Yudhika Sujanani

Masala Lamb Chops

12 lamb chops

Salt, to season

Marinade:

45ml crushed ginger

15ml crushed garlic

2ml black pepper

25ml fresh cream

25ml greek yoghurt

10ml ground cumin

15ml red chilli powder

10ml garam masala

50ml lemon juice

Sunflower oil, to baste

Lemon wedges, to serve

Here’s how:

Season the lamb chops with salt.

Mix the marinade ingredients together until smooth.

Rub the marinade over the chops and leave to rest in a refrigerator for a few hours.

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Place a wire rack over a baking tray.

Arrange the chops on the wire rack and drizzle with a little sunflower oil

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the chops.

Serve with lemon wedges.

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Loving my chops…

A good chop loving....by Yudhika Sujanani

A good chop loving….by Yudhika Sujanani

I am a ‘Lamb Chop’ sort of girl and feeling a little curried out!  I have just prepared this for lunch and they are delicious!  They are marinated twice…and that Serve with a side salad and some crispy bread, it is an absolute winner!

Skinny chops are just not fun…they should be thick cut and chunky with a good piece of creamy fat attached….it is the fat that keeps the chops tender!  Ask your butcher to get some done for you….I know that our fabulous Broadacres Spar always does the loin chops beautifully….think Moto Moto….I do like them big and chunky!

You can roast these chops in an oven or cook them over hot coals….the oven for me is a better option!  There is lots of ginger in this recipe….I know, it reads 45ml ginger…that’s 3 tablespoons!  Ginger is added to marinades to tenderize the meat…but it also adds flavour too!  I make up a special spice blend called Magic Masala for my Curry Me Home spice range – it is a mix of my favourite flavours….chilli flakes, cumin, cardamom and cinnamon!  The Magic Masala is available at Holi Cow and select Spars around Gauteng.

For the banting bunnies….Make this a banting friendly recipe by adding coconut oil instead of sunflower oil!  I think this recipe would make Tim Noakes a happy professor!

Marinated Lamb Chops….

Ingredients

12 lamb loin chops
45ml ginger paste
15ml garlic paste
2ml black pepper
Salt to season

Marinade:
50ml fresh cream
15ml ground cumin
15ml red chilli powder
10ml garam masala
5ml ground coriander

15ml Magic Masala

50ml lemon juice

Sunflower oil, to baste
Lemon wedges, to serve

Here’s how:
Trim the lamb chops and place them in a mixing bowl.
Add the ginger, garlic, black pepper and season with salt.
Refrigerate the lamb chops for an hour.
Add the marinade ingredients to the lamb chops and mix well.
Place the chops in a Zip seal bag and refrigerate for four hours or preferably overnight.
Cook the lamb chops over hot coals or cook in an oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius for 10 – 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat – Place a wire rack on a baking tray, then place the chops on top.  This prevents the chops from ‘stewing’ in the marinade.

Baste with sunflower oil every 5 minutes.

Yudhika’s tips:
The ginger and garlic paste must be smooth.  Liquidise the paste if necessary.
Yoghurt can be used instead of fresh cream.