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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'm Not Eating That!

So far, Project What's For Dinner has really been fun for me. I'm looking forward to planning, and cooking meals for my family again. It's been a long time since I've had this much fun, just thinking about cooking.

Since the start of this project, I knew I wanted to make lamb. Valentine's Day dinner was PWFD # 6, breast of lamb, rosemary roasted potatoes, and green beans.

When shopping for the cut of lamb to cook, I took in consideration price, and quantity of meat. We're a family of 7, and I was cooking for everyone. I bought the breast. There seemed to be more, for less money.

I didn't find a recipe, instead, I relied on my cousin, who has cooked lamb. Per her instruction, I seasoned with my regulars, season salt, a couple of garlic cloves, a little olive oil, and my new find, 7-up seasoning. Yes, 7-up, it's a mix of lemon pepper, and lime pepper. Get it, lemon-lime.

While cleaning and seasoning the breast, my 12 year old, was cringing. "Little lamb, little lamb," she kept saying. I kind of figured she wouldn't want to partake of Mary's little friend. After the kids hated the Chicken Piccata last week, and my daughter's comments, I figured I should make an extra meat, just in case.

The children had a practice, so Mr. Husband, and I had dinner alone. He at the lamb, and enjoyed it, and still doesn't have a clue that he's a test subject. And I plan on keeping him in the dark.

When the kids returned, I stood around, watching as they fixed their plates. Everyone steered clear of the lamb. I was excited about them trying something so different. "What about the lamb?" I asked.

"I'm not eating that," Almost in unison.

And none of them touched it! Minus the lamb, dinner was a success.

Rating: A resounding 1 Fork; Never cook that again, because it will not get eaten!


Anonymous said...

Now you know I'm going to be looking for that 7 up seasoning. Sounds like it would go good on fish. I think I would have had to side wih the kids. I'm not a lamb girl myself. Something about the texture of it just doesn't agree with me.

tristan said...

Darn! Maybe they would have liked it! Maybe next time it should be a taste then tell situation. I like lamb when cooked "correctly." I love hearing the final score. :) Keep it up!

Drama Queen said...

Your kids sound just like mine!

I have learned that I need to keep it a secret of what I am's all "hamburger." :)

La'Tonya Richardson said...

Angela - The 7-Up seasoning is good on fish! If you can't find it where you are, I can give you the info. for the spice retailer here. They sale wholesale amounts, and not expensive at all!

Tristan - It was good. I was surprised, it turned out really well. My nutty children didn't even try it. They missed out!

Drama Queen - I've now realized, to keep my mouth shut about what's for dinner, and just ring the bell when it's done. I like the idea of everything being hamburger. Around my house, I should just say chicken!

Stesha said...

Lamb is so good. The kids and I ate some today...but I didn't tell them it was lamb. I don't play fair!

Hugs and Mocha,

parentingBYdummies said...

My mom was always trying to push that on me when I was little. I'd never touch the stuff and now, as an adult, I don't really have the taste for it either. Hubby is not into trying anything that's not beef, pork, or chicken based, and I know my kids would balk unless I dressed it up like a chicken nugget. So, looks like Mary's little homie is safe over here!

African American Mom said...

7-up seasoning sounds good to me too. Next time you should take pictures.

Maybe you can tell the kids it is steak next time....ha ha!

Nicole said...

That is so funny! I remember trying out different recipes and getting discouraged because my kids wouldn't eat it! It's fun doing it though!

cocoamommy said...

This was so funny. When my kids see any meat that is not in the shape of a drumstick or nugget they are hands off. The closest to lamb I have ate is in my gyro which is a lamb/beef mix. My mother always told me that lamb has a unique smell so I was never brave enough to make it. Your daughter's comment reminds me of why I can't eat curry goat. :)

La'Tonya Richardson said...

Steesha - It looks like I'm going to have to do the same. I can't take them with me to buy groceries. They watch everything I throw into that cart. My daughter was with me when I bought the lamb.

PBD - My mom never cooked anything "different." She's not adventurous when it comes to food. Like you all, chicken, fish, only certain kinds, pork and beef. That's it!

A-A Mom - The 7-up seasoning is pretty good. We did a 7 up Talapia, the kids said there wasn't any huge taste difference. I guess that's a good thing when it comes to my kids?!

Nicole - I don't care if my kids like it or not. I kinda care if Mr. Husband does or not. I'm having a good time, and I have a friend who will eat what they wont!

Cocoamommy - I love gyros, and the kids like it too. I don't think they knew it was part lamb. I don't know it I want to cook goat or not. I might try it if someone else cooked it.

Reggie said...

I have been known to grill lamb chops and a nice leg of lamb. Initially no one wanted to eat it but my son and I; but the last time I cooked it, I watched my daughter inhale about 20% of it in one sitting.

Brown sugar is a nice complement to the meat, I'll season mine much like you did and then brush the surface with honey dijon mustard and dump a sprinkle brown sugar over it. I seal mine in aluminum foil for the first hour or so and then brown it over the grill.

That's some damned good eating, it'll make your tongue slap your brains clean out!!!

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