Thursday, 28 July 2011

Easy dinner recipe

Does anyone else get tired of their cooking?  I know I do and I'm always looking out for new recipes that are not only tasty but easy to make.  I found the following recipe here. 
I've adapted the recipe by adding zucchini as I wanted to include more more vegetables.

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, (I used olive oil)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 zucchini, grated (my inclusion)
500g lamb mince
4 garlic cloves, minced (I used 2)
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cumin, (I added more 'cos I love cumin)
salt and pepper
1 Turkish bread loaf, halved horizontally
100g baby spinach leaves
3 cups grated mozzarella
Lemon wedges to serve (I forgot about the lemon)

1.  Preheat oven to 220C (200C for fan oven).  Heat oil in frying pan over high heat and add onion and carrot, (and zucchini if adding).  Fry gently for 4 minutes.
2.  Add mince to pan and cook for 3 minutes to brown well.  Add garlic, allspice and cumin and cook for a further 2 minutes until mince is almost cooked through.  Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
3.  Assemble pizzas.  Place bread halves on a lined tray.  Spoon lamb mixture over bread and top with spinach and mozzarella.  
4.  Bake pizzas in oven for 15 minutes until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbling and golden.
5.  Cut into portions and serve with lemon wedges.

Loving the way Stripey is looking on.
Even though I chose the leanest lamb mince I could find, I had still had to drain off a lot of fat from the meat mixture.  I think I would prefer beef or chicken mince although this is obviously not authentic to the Turkish influence in this recipe.  I found the lamb fat taste was quite strong.  Other than that, it was delicious and sooooo easy.

I'll leave you with a photo taken a few weeks ago of a sunset from the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne.

Have a fab day/evening,

Anne  xx


  1. Wow, that sunset photo is just beautiful Anne.

    Yes, I get sick and tired of cooking meals and I'm afraid I'm not very adventurous either, but I might just have to give that pizza recipe a go.
    Lamb mince does have a very distinct flavour so I think you're right about using either beef or chicken mince.

    Trouble with living out of town away from supermarkets is you can't always be spontaneous. I will just have to try and be a little more organised perhaps !!

    Claire :}

  2. What a coincidence. I was just commenting on The Good Life blog about courgettes and asking about recipes. Your Turkish Pizza is a good one to add to my list. Looks very tasty.
    Love from Mum

  3. Anne, I am so with you in feeling tired of my own cooking - you get into a rut of cooking the same things week in and week out.

    This looks yummy - can you tell me what Turkish bread is like? I don't think I have seen it in the UK? Can you suggest an alternative, I really want to try this?!!

    S x

  4. Hello! Thank you for visiting me - I'm so glad you did, because now I've found your lovely blog and that rather amazing looking food! I absolutely love your cat's face peering over the top of the table - hilarious!
    Emily x

  5. The recipe looks delicious!
    What a wonderful photo of sunset from the Bolte Bridge!

    I hope you have a pleasant weekend.

  6. Beautiful sunset!
    Like Sarah B, I was wondering what us Brits could substitute for Turkish bread? I'm thinking, maybe pitta bread?
    Looks lush and I will have to try.

  7. Mmm, that looks scrummy!

    The sunset is lovely.


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