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Thanksgiving 2008

Last year at this time, I invented a new measurement to express how far one’s Thanksgiving diverges from the media ideal. This year, our holiday is also nontraditional. The menu: lamb stew and tabbouleh. The tabbouleh is from the Nile Spice box, with some fresh mint added. I found a lamb stew recipe on the Internet and messed with it some:

Lamb Stew with Chickpeas, Golden Raisins and Figs

* 1  teaspoon olive oil
* 1 1/2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cubed
* 4 cups onion
* 1/4 cup water
* 5 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
* 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 32 ounces chicken broth
* 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
* 2 cups baby carrots
* 1 cup golden raisins
* 1/2 cup dried figs, halved
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
* Salt to taste

Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Sauté lamb until browned. Add onion, 1/4 cup water, and garlic; cook until the onions are softened, scraping the pan to loosen browned bits. Add cumin, coriander, ginger, saffron, allspice, pepper, and cinnamon; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Stir in chickpeas, carrots, raisins, and figs; cover and simmer until carrots are tender. Stir in mint and salt.

We had the stew over couscous, and it was delicious.

For dessert, the one traditional element of the meal: Laurie Colwin’s gingerbread. Over at Paper Fort, that’s one of the things I said I was thankful for. Click that link above to read what else, and what some other Oregon authors had to say.

How were/are your Thanksgivings?

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  • sdn
    November 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    that sounds wonderful. and that is one of the best gingerbread recipes ever ever.

    i thought of you yesterday and also today. (actually, every day.) xxoo

  • Deb
    November 29, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    That sounds delicious. I love coriander and cumin together . (I do that with guacamole and it tastes great. I made a soup for tg day with winter squash, onion, apples and chicken broth plus curry. Nice also not having the turkey scene all the time.


  • Ana
    December 9, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Sounds like a good meal to plan ahead for the holiday season. My husband love lamb chops and anything that is lamb. Thanks for the recipe!