“I love cooking, and am good at it, but just don’t feel like bothering these days. At most, I grill a cut of meat and toss a simple salad.” – From The Prophet Murders by Mehmet Murat Somer (Kenneth Dakan, transl.)
It’s time to revive the reading aspect of this reading and cooking blog and I’m excited to say that I’ve chosen to take a stab at cooking Turkish food. The novel that I’m reading features an unnamed transvestite in Istanbul who is a part-time web designer, part-time club owner, and full-time busybody, amateur detective. So far, it’s a standard murder mystery with a slightly more colorful cast of characters.
I like that the narrator describes herself (although male, she refers to herself with female pronouns consistently) as a lazy cook which should give me the opportunity to be equally lazy and prepare a lot of simple, delicious dishes.
Marinated Lamb Chops
2 bone in lamb chops
About 2 tbsp of olive oil
About 2 tbsp of dry white wine
Salt, oregano, and Cumin to taste
Marinate for up to 12 hours (the longer the better, but see my note about laziness above). Preheat the broiler and broil for about 9 minutes on each side for rare chops (less if they are thinner).
I served my chops with figs and garlic skewered on rosemary sprigs and Parmesan couscous from the box. The whole meal was quick, easy, and delicious.