A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran
A while ago, I was offered an excellent job at the casino where I worked. Upon assuming the post, I soon discovered the family sacrifices I had to make were far too high. With much trepidation, I gave up the new job and stepped back into my old one. Since then, I have been desperately scouring the internet for an alternative source of income. I am bored, and I am desperate. I need something new, something more. I need something I can work hard at and sink my teeth in to! I want something interesting, something with scope and imagination. Something around the family. Something which lets me have a personal life and family life at the same time. In short, I want what everyone else wants. Not much competition there, really…. 😛
After much searching, I have found TEFL, which stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A bit of research later, and I discovered, like many jobs, since coronavirus changed the world, it is now fast-growing as an online job. A bit more research later, and I thought it sounded interesting, worthwhile, and, luckily, I already had most of the necessary requirements. If I went online, I could do it around my family’s needs. There was also substantial variations of teaching, and the job also led to other options not teaching-related. I consider this a huge plus in case I discover I have taken a disastrously wrong turn. If there is one thing in my life that I have always regretted, it was the degree I took; it was so specific I could do nothing else with it. Perhaps, as well, it’s me getting older and looking back upon my life, but another good aspect, I thought, was a job which would give to society rather than take from it.
I have embarked on the course forthwith and am working my little socks off, and, after a super start, I came to a screeching halt at the English grammar section grammar. It mentions tenses, present simple, past participles etc. These things exist?! Aaaahhhhhh! But, I shall continue! I refuse to be beaten by my own language. I shall persevere!
Around all this work redirection, home life continues. My kids are still attending school and settling in really well. My son keeps getting sent home far too often with little toilet ‘accidents’. Currently, though, he is at school far often than not and benefitting from the interaction he has with other kids. Every day, I dread another lockdown.
Currently, the government has declared we all must wear masks all the time when outside. There are exemptions for those under three, anyone with a respiratory disorder, and… erm… anyone smoking a cigarette… Yep, thought I should throw that one out there, as it’s got the majority a bit gobsmacked as well – obviously, there are far too many politicians who smoke! On a personal level, the problem for us is trying to get the kids, especially Taran, my littlest, to keep their masks on while playing in the local park. It is nigh-on impossible, so we just haven’t been out much: maybe this was the idea behind making everyone wear masks outside?
A Little About The Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Allspice and Rosemary
Traditionally lamb is seasoned with rosemary, thyme and garlic. This recipe for those who don’t like change; it keeps most of the old but introduces a little of something new. Allspice is one of my favourite seasonings; it has a lot of homely warmth to it.
Lamb chops can cook a little on the tough side, so the marinading is essential to soften up the meat ready for grilling. I state at least 5 hours, but, in reality, I would start the marinading at breakfast and grab the chops out of the fridge at dinner time. For lunch, I would marinate from the night before.
I Recommend This For: Grilled Lamb Chops with Allspice and Rosemary
This recipe will work for every diet I currently cover on this website. I do, however, find lamb to be a little lacking in satiety purely because the chops tend to be on the small side. I often need a filling side dish or a starter as well, sometimes both, and so this is where my recommendations will differ.
Paleo, paleo-ish, whole30 could try Butternut and Bell Pepper Curry. The Butternut and Bell Pepper Curry is simmered on the hob for the last 15 minutes giving you ample time to crank up the grill and cook those lamb chops. The curry is almost a meal in itself and is more than enough to satiate the biggest of appetites. The warmth of its spices complements nicely with the allspice.
Lamb is one of those rare meats whose fat content outweighs its protein content; this gives keto-ians tons of flexibility for their side dish. Start out with the Keto Prawn Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce; this is easy to prepare ahead of time and keep in the fridge. Then, while the lamb chops are grilling, the hob is free to cook up the Keto Goats’ and Cheddar Cheese Omelette. Both recipes will take a similar amount of time in the kitchen and work great together on a plate. The whole meal is substantial and only costs 7.3g net carbs.
Atkins’ Induction would work well with the Keto Goats’ and Cheddar Cheese Omelette, one of your allowed cup of salad greens and a good-sized blob of Easy Homemade Mayonnaise. Be aware that the lamb recipe will remove your lemon juice allowance for the day, and the omelette will take half your cheese allowance too. But! Don’t let this put you off because it’ll be delicious. Just keep it in mind and accommodate from your other meals.
Atkins’ Maintenance can follow the suggestions I made for Atkins’ Induction. For something a bit different, perhaps think about Tomato Twisted Tuna Burgers – the burgers taste just as great cold as they do hot. Make the burgers up, add in some low carb crudites and Easy Homemade Mayonnaise to dip them for your starters. Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs makes for a nice and easy side dish beside the lamb chops. Both of the suggested dishes can be made ahead of time, so when dinner rolls around, all you need to do is cook the lamb.
And Here It Is: Grilled Lamb Chops with Allspice and Rosemary
Grilled Lamb Chops with Allspice and Rosemary
- 4 large lamb chops, bone in (approx 145g each)
- 60 ml olive oil (1/4 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- Mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, allspice, black pepper and rosemary together. Add in the lamb chops and leave in the fridge to marinate. Marinate for at least 5 hours.
- Preheat the grill to medium high.
- Place the lamb chops onto some aluminium foil on a tray.
- Grill 5 mins on one side. Flip over and grill 5 mins on the other side.