How about this simple but luscious, comparatively light and healthy recipe for a bit of NYE entertaining? Really useful if you have to feed lots of people, and also easy on the crockery as napkins or picnic plates could be used Bring a fragrant, exotic flavour to your celebrations, no matter how large or small, to welcome in the new year, even in the depths of a British winter!

Turkish Lamb Wraps

These amounts are proportionate, so increase dependent on how many you’re feeding:

4 lamb fillets, sliced into thick strips/slices
40g of golden syrup or honey
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of ground cumin
1 garlic clove, finely crushed
1/4 bunch of rosemary, finely chopped
1 tbsp of rapeseed oil

In a bowl large enough to take all the lamb, weigh out the honey/syrup, then add the other marinade ingredients, mixing well. Warm slightly if necessary to loosen the honey/syrup and allow all the marinade ingredients to combine. Add the lamb to this marinade, coat all the slices well, cover and leave to soak up the flavours for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight, stirring occasionally.

When ready, remove the lamb from the marinade and sear the strips to the desired pinkness, which should only take a few minutes, depending on the thickness of the slices – remember that the syrup/honey element will tend to burn. Leave to rest for 10 minutes in a warm place. Adjust the seasoning as required.

Present the lamb in a warmed serving bowl (scattered with pomegranate seeds and dried edible rose petals if you want to make a real statement!) Accompany with a plate of flatbreads, wraps or pittas, with condiments like cucumber and mint yogurt, fried peppers and onions, or other middle eastern relishes. Dishes full of shredded lettuce, thinly sliced tomatoes, spinach leaves, watercress and rocket up the healthy veg still further while still seeming indulgent when topping this lovely lamb. Then stand back as the stampede begins…..

Happy new year to you all – let’s make 2014 deliciously healthy! 

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