Well this afternoon was a fine example of what my afternoons can often be like. I did not think i would even get photo’s for this post. Dinner time loomed quicker than i expected and all of a sudden i have a 5 year old pestering for something to eat, and an 18 month old standing in the pantry pointing at the biscuits. Thankfully tonights dinner needed minimal cooking, so a crazy rush ensued as i madly assembled some fillings for tonights lamb wraps.
First job was to slice up some lamb from last nights left overs. Channeling my inner ‘doner kebab’ goddess, i carved up the meat and placed it on a tray covered in foil to warm up in an low to moderate oven (120 deg.celsius)
Next, the filling.
I have recently fallen in love all over again with couscous. The kids enjoy it and i wanted to bulk out the wraps with something yummy. I use instant couscous which involves placing equal parts couscous and boiling water in a bowl and covering for 5 minutes till all the water is absorbed then fluff it up with a fork. To add some extra toasty flavour to it, i then fried off a clove of crushed garlic, pinch of fennel seeds and 1 tsp of ground cumin in a frypan until it is fragrant and add the cooked couscous and fried it for a minute until it had absorbed all the flavoured oil. Some toasted flaked almonds were then mixed through and some mint leaves added.
I then made a simple yoghurt dressing made form 1 cup of natural yoghurt, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs lemon juice and 1/2 tsp ground cumin.
So here is the final layout of the fillings
So with the fillings all ready, and the meat warmed up all i needed was some mouths to feed.
With a range of ages to feed all ‘wraps’ were age appropriate. Ella obviously is too little to coordinate holding a wrap (neither am i really, but that is part of the fun!) So her meal was just served up separate (or if i am sounding fancy a ‘de-constructed’ wrap)
Mr 5 year old likes to have his as a wrap, and decided on his fillings which included (cringe) tomato sauce (cringe). But hey, if he eats it then so be it.
And the ‘big’ people – well give us the lot with lots of lashings of hummus, yoghurt, couscous, lamb and salad
Well the verdict
BIG PEOPLE – all gone
MR 5 YEAR OLD – all gone
MISS 18 MONTH – (sigh) – meat gone, couscous nibbled and wrap gone. Cucumber and tomato pushed around the plate but no tears and a pretty happy and relaxed table so thats a positive.