I grew up in a village in Aberdeenshire. With its nearby woods and wade-able stream, burning fields and tadpole infested bogs, perfect height swings and tiny sweetie shop (which also sold Doc Martin boots, for some odd reason), it was the perfect place to be a kid. The friends I made in the sandpit at nursery were the same friends I played hide and seek with at primary school. They were mostly the same friends I discovered cider, boys and music with in secondary school. And now, thirteen years after leaving school and twenty seven years after moving to the village, the girls my Dad affectionately calls “the munchkins” and I are still close.
I like that. 🙂
This past weekend the four of us went to Glasgow to celebrate our thirtieth year on earth. On Friday we spent a hilarious night surrounded by old photos and letters and cards and sticker albums and wine. On the Saturday evening, after an afternoon being cleansed and rubbed and steamed in a local spa, we went to The Living Room for a meal. Low red lighting, sumptuous leather booths, flickering candles, a grand piano and months of news to talk about- it was a special night! The food was delicious too. So good, in fact, I recreated my main course for D this evening: lamb chops with jewelled couscous and minted yogurt.
It’s a low fuss dinner. The lamb chops were simply rubbed with olive oil and seasoning before being grilled for 5 minutes on each side. A handful of chopped mint was stirred through plain yogurt. Both were served atop the following couscous (which is GREAT for lunch the next day too!).
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
4 spring onions, chopped
Handful of pistachios, bashed
Handful of fresh mint, chopped
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
Zest and juice of one lemon
- Gently fry the garlic and spices for 2 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil. Pour in the couscous, stir once, cover and take off the heat. Leave for 10 minutes.
- Fluff up the couscous and add the rest of the ingredients. Gently combine.
P.S. No idea why my font is so small this evening. Can’t seem to change it!