Have you ever had a year that just wont quit?
Not in the good way like “that girl’s got a booty that won’t quit”
But in the literal “this year needs to stop” way.
One thing you should know about me is I’m impatient. As I get older I realize that I may be two years away from yelling about children being on my lawn (that is, if I had a lawn to yell about) so I need to practice the art of…well, waiting without being anxious. Becoming a fully patient person is probably not in the cards for me, but I figure I can compromise. Cooking doesn’t have to be some insanely time-consuming task, I am fully capable of making a quick yet satisfying meal for myself. Not just ramen or something like that, but real food with real ingredients.
All extremely personal issues aside I’ve been waiting for so many new things to happen lately that in my constant state of anticipation I forgot the most important rule of life “nothing changes unless you do”. So, I buckled down, went grocery shopping and have been cooking food for myself at least once a day for the past two weeks. With summer school and work it’s so easy to get caught in eating fast food all the time. I’m trying to save money, I’d like to rent a house when my lease is up, and after looking at my bank account I realize how much money I was literally throwing away daily and how easily that would change if I’d just get off my ass and buy groceries.
And to be honest, I just haven’t felt much like cook cooking these days. It’s strange the connection i have to food. In the middle of the most stressful times of my life I have been able to find serenity in the kitchen. For that, I will always be grateful.
Determined to not waste any of my money by letting food go bad in the fridge I decided to make some lamb shoulders tonight for dinner. I couldn’t think of what to eat with it (trust me, I’m not above just eating a plate full of red meat) but I realized I had some couscous in the pantry. Then things started to come together.
Seared lamb shoulder and Lemon Goat Cheese Couscous
I wish I could give a concise recipe, but measuring has never really been my thing unless I was baking. For this I used one lamb shoulder, covered it with sea salt, pepper, and cumin and let it sit at room temperature while I started the couscous. To make the couscous I diced some red onion and sautéed it in a pan with a bit of oil, added a healthy amount of garlic, and threw in the dried couscous for about a minute then added water and salt and brought the whole party to a boil. Once the water was at a boil, I put a lid on it, reduced the heat to a slow simmer and began my meat cooking.
Turning the pan on high, I put some vegetable oil in and let it all get nice and hot. Sear the lamb for about 4 minutes on both sides and then cook to your desired temperature and let rest on a cutting board. By this time your couscous should be done. Before plating I added a bit of lemon juice and goat cheese to the couscous, mixed it up, and topped it with cilantro.
Super simple & filling meal that may just be enough to kick myself into gear and start making the changes in my life that I want.