Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

November 10, 2008

Stand-back-and-throw: Lamb with oregano and fetta

In my mind this concoction is actually called Greek lamb casserole. A simple casserole mingling the classic Grecian flavours of oregano, lemon, fetta and .... paprika. Yes, paprika: the spice so loved in that well-known Greek city north of Athens ... Budapest.

And if you're shaking your head now, take a couple of minutes to watch this game-show gem where geographical confusion abounds (the poor contestant - she does look very perplexed).

Onward-ho. Here is my fusion lamb dish ...

Toss some diced lamb in some flour and a very liberal amount of paprika. Throw it into a casserole dish with diced potatoes and carrots. Sprinkle with grated lemon rind and plenty of fresh or dried oregano. Slosh over some chicken stock and bung the whole thing in the oven until the lamb and vegies are tender.

To finish this dish, you hurl in some diced fetta and a handful of finely sliced black olives. But here's the thing: the final ingredients can tip the casserole over the edge. Keep the saltiness in check by using a reduced salt stock and being judicious about the quantity of olives and cheese you chuck in. The line between tasty dish and tastes like the Dead Sea, is indeed a fine one.


  1. Oh delicious! I'll have to try that one.

  2. It looks great!
    The video is ... how can I say? An amazement...?

  3. I've got a good one similar to this. Lamb, (can use chump or loin chops but I like lamb rumps), onion, kalamata olives, tinned tomatoes zuchhini chopped in chunks, mozarella cut in chunks, dried oregano, cracked pepper.

    Brown the chops in a frypan, then the onion. Chuck it all in a baking dish, scatter mozarella over top bake it in the oven about 25 mins. You can cover it to start with and then take the lid/foil off so the cheese melts nicely on top. (adjust quantities depending on how much lamb) Serve with mashed sweet potato and some steamed greens if you like, but I added the zuchhini to the bake so I didn't have to feel bad about being too lazy to steam greens!

    Can email you the measurements if you like?

  4. Sounds great! I might give it a go!

    Do the smalls like it?

  5. Looks delicious! I'll give this recipe a go tonight.
    Words fail me on the video....


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