Paying through your teeth to rent an abandoned shed in London? Or working 40 hours a week to afford your biannual artisan coffees? Don’t worry, we get it. And we get that this nonsensical cost of living is probably affecting the amount of holidays you have planned, too. But fret not! We’ve cooked up some internationally-inspired recipes to teleport your taste buds to some of the globe’s most exotic corners. Each ready in 30 minutes or less, so you can focus on the more important things in life - like pretending you have enough money to buy a house, or watching longingly through the window at people who can afford more than two artisan coffees a year.
Moroccan Lamb Salad (30 Minutes)
Dust off your fez, sharpen those snake charming skills and join us in our first taste-bud-tingling destination: Morocco. Starring this Moroccan Lamb Salad that is a feast for all the senses, made with tender lamb leg steaks and a host of fragrant herbs and spices that will leave you wondering why you’ve never tried it before. If you love your spice, add a little more harissa to the mix and get set to get your sweat on.
Teriyaki Lamb Rice Bowl with Chilli Dressing (30 Minutes)
Delve into the height of Japanese/Hawaiian dining with this poke-inspired dish: Teriyaki Lamb Rice Bowl with Chilli Dressing. Which, for the uninitiated, is essentially a medley of finely sliced fresh vegetables and lip-searing oriental sauces that are topped with melt-in-your-mouth lamb leg steaks. It’s effortless, affordable, photographable and so delicious you’ll forget it’s healthy - what are you waiting for?
Lamb and Cheddar Quesadillas (25 Minutes)
Mexico is a byword for wrestling, tequila and tortillas. All three of which are great, but only one is required to make these sizzling Lamb and Cheddar Quesadillas. It’s no secret that Mexico is one of the culinary capitals of the world, which is embodied in this lip-smackingly good lamb mince recipe. So all that remains is for you to serve up these little bites of heaven in just 25 minutes and to let yourself slip into a spring-long siesta.
Bo Bun Style Lamb (20 Minutes)
Next stop on our tasty world tour is Vietnam, as you set aside just 20 of your precious minutes to cook up this Bo Bun Style Lamb Recipe. Typically made with Bo (beef in Vietnamese) we’ve instead opted for delicious lamb stir fry strips to elevate this vibrant dish to new culinary heights. It’s fresh, affordable and is guaranteed to make your friends think you have your life in check.
Grilled Lamb Chops with Chimichurri Salsa (20 Minutes)
Just in case the classic lamb chop wasn’t enough to satisfy your senses (and stomach), we’ve added a little zing to this hallowed dish to bring you our Grilled Lamb Chops with Chimichurri Salsa. Inspired by the lamb-loving legends of Argentina, which is made using garlic, onion, oregano, thyme, piri piri, paprika and all that good-smelling stuff.
Lamb Mini-Meatballs with a Taste of Thailand (30 Minutes)
Think Thailand and your mind will no doubt take you to the nation’s classic offerings of coconut-laden curries and lip-searing noodles. But these Lamb Mini-Meatballs too offer a traditional taste of Thailand, which are bursting with fresh, flavoursome and healthy ingredients. Cook in just 30 minutes and serve either hot or cold as a snack or starter, with sweet chilli sauce to dip.
Lamb Pides with Tomatoes and Yoghurt sauce (35 Minutes)
Okay, so we know this dish takes a little longer, but those 5 minutes are more than worth the wait for these Turkish Lamb Pides. Essentially Italian pizza with Turkish flair, where the emphasis is on fragrant lamb, fresh ingredients - onion, tomato, green pepper, finely chopped chilli and mint - and traditional touches such as yoghurt and ras el hanout.
So there you have it, folks. Our lamb-inspired guide to some of the planet’s tastiest corners. But these are just a few of our easy lamb recipes from around the world that have been created by people like you, for people like you to cook at home - what are you waiting for?