Rant time. It’s been a while. Do any of you shop on Amazon?
Is the Pope Catholic, I hear you think.
Or does a bear, so the saying goes, shit in the woods?
Well, my take on Amazon is that it’s great. Until it’s not.
I know many bloggers do not watch TV. But I do. Love TV. Sat through 180 episodes of ‘Lost’*. Watched all of Star Trek.
So when Amazon started ‘streaming’ (what a great word that is) TV and films from it’s website I said to myself ‘I’ll have me some of that!.
Now American TV is the best. A series on American TV goes on for ever. Episode after epidode. Not like British TV. Four episodes of ‘Sherlock’ and that’s it for a year. With American TV you got 24 episodes of ‘24’ (canny that) and it seems to take over your (some might say sad) life.
So I settled in to watch a TV show called ‘Once Upon a Time’. The premise is simple. Fairytale characters (you know, Snow White, Hanzel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood etc) get transported to the real world by the Wicked Queen and live in a small town in Maine, unaware of who they really are until someone comes along and messes with their heads.
And I was getting into it. Episode 10 (of about 40). Then suddenly Amazon tells me I will have to start paying extra for it. Well that got me on the customer complaints page quicker than you can say ‘Rip off’.
I got an automated reply ‘We love you and we are totally committed to everything…but tough luck buddy’.
So I cancelled my subscription. And tried Netflix. Which of course doesn’t have ‘Once Upon a Time’. But I showed Amazon. Amazon is quaking in it’s boots. Right now.
*turned out they were all dead after all.
And so I turned off the TV and went and did something less boring instead (I’m paraphrasing an old children’s TV show; see? TV on the brain) by making Lamb Koftas with Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes.
I deployed a child to assist. Gather the ingredients…and it couldn’t really be easier.
- 650g lamb mince (or just a lot. However much you think you need, add some more)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tbsp chopped mint (or failing that, mint sauce)
For the potatoes
- potatoes (really?)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- English Mustard
- ½ cup natural yogurt
- ½ cup mayo
- bunch of mint leaves, chopped
- salt and pepper
To begin. Put the Kofta ingredients in a bowl.
Combine. Use your hands (they’re clean, of course)
Shape the meat into balls (removing any rogue lumps of garlic as you go)
Roll the balls into oblongs and slide onto metal skewers.
Place the skewers on a baking sheet and leave in the fridge for a half an hour to firm up (or until you are ready to cook)
Meanwhile make the potatoes. Bake them (use skewers and they cook better). Slice in half lengthways. Gouge out the flesh into a bowl and add the mustard, Worcestershire Sauce and some cheese. Season and combine.
Stuff the potato skins and place on a baking tray.
Bake the koftas and potatoes for 20 mins at 180 centigrade. Make the yogurt:
Get those Lamb Koftas out first…
Then the potatoes…
Also we did some veggie kebabs with haloumi cheese (which suffered droopage)
Serve with a Caeser Salad (if you want)…
P.s. This isn’t one of my ‘less than 300 calorie series. Obvs.