SWEET AND SOUR KEBABS
500g Leg of lamb, cut into 2,5cm cubes
Wooden or metal skewers
200g (about 18) peppadews
1 pineapple, peeled and cut into wedges
1 green pepper, seeded and cut into cubes
80ml (1/3 cup) peppadew syrup
15ml (1 Tbsp) honey
15ml (1 Tbsp) light brown sugar
15ml (1 Tbsp) lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Thread the lamb onto skewers, alternating with the peppadews, pineapple wedges and green peppers.
- Basting: Mix all the ingredients together.
- Arrange kebabs on a grill rack over and oven pan and place under a preheated grill for about 7 minutes per side. Alternatively grill over moderate – hot coals. Turn frequently and baste with sauce while grilling. Serve immediately.
Variation: Add peeled, halved pickling onions.
LAMB AND MUTTON BUYING AND COOKING TIPS
In the shop:
- Request a lean cut when buying lamb and mutton.
- Take a cooler bag with you when you buy meat to keep it cooler for longer.
- Select meat last when shopping to ensure that it stays cold for as long as possible
- Take meat home directly and place in the refrigerator.
- Cook meat by sell-by date or within 3-4 days.
- Never put cooked meat back into the same container where raw meat was in.
- It is best to thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth. If kept in the refrigerator, meat can safely be refrozen for later use.
- Before meal preparation, ensure that all surfaces, utensils and hands are clean to avoid contamination.
- Cut visible fat from meat before preparation.
- Avoid adding any fat during food preparation and use cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Lamb is a nutrient dense food. It provides good quality protein, the vital mineral such as zinc, iron and magnesium, as well as the B group vitamins: B6, B12, Niacin (B3), Riboflavin (B2) and Thiamin (B1). It also contributes to the intake of selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium in our diets.
- Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, especially in developing countries such as South Africa. Lean lamb is a good source of iron in the diet. Iron is an essential mineral to good health. It has a diverse range of functions, including transport of oxygen in the blood; children can have significant and permanent effects on brain development, particularly in infants under 24 months of age.
- Trimmed of visible fat, lean lamb contains about 10g or less of fat per 100g and can be included in low fat diets.