Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wildlife Art, Car Repair, A/C

Facebook does have its uses. Today it brought this video of our son-in-law's art and I thought you might like to see it. I warn you it is quite a long video but really worth looking at. They are mostly done in acrylics but there are some oils. There is a link on this blog to his current art.

I told you it had to be Mercury Retrograde. We now have an expensive car bill to deal with. It ended up Matt came home having left the car to be repaired. This meant that our usual Tuesday afternoon shop had to be abandoned. I complained the garage that we would starve. He thought that was funny. The A/C is now supposed to be installed on Thursday. The tech apologised but as he said, it was out of his control.

This really appeals to me, I like the idea of mini meals in muffin tins, but have never tried it, here is one I might have a go at. For those of you who don't like lamb, I assume you could sub beef instead but that will be such a shame. Obviously the two unusual items, ras al hanout and Aleppo Pepper are an essential item to make this an African spiced dish.

African Spiced Lamb and Spaghetti Squash Mini Lasagnas

Lamb and Squash

1 small spaghetti squash
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 onion, minced
1 lb ground lamb
10 dried apricots, finely chopped
2 tsp ras el hanout
8 oz tomatoes (I used fresh, but a can and juices would work well too)
1 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs peanut butter
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Coconut Bechamel and Garnish

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup flour
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
Fresh feta
Aleppo Pepper
Cilantro, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375º. Stab squash all over with a knife or fork and microwave on high for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. It should be soft to the touch (but touch it with a towel, it will be hot!). Let it rest while you cook the lamb. Heat 1 T oil in a pan over medium heat and sautée onion with a pinch of salt until beginning to brown. Add 1/2 of garlic and stir until aromatic. Remove to a bowl. Add 1 T oil and cook lamb until cooked through. Add spice mix and hearty pinch of salt and stir to combine. Add onions, tomatoes, apricots and broth, cover and simmer until tomatoes have broken down and liquid starts to thicken (about 5 minutes). Stir in peanut butter until mixture has thickened. Cut squash in half, remove seeds and gently shred with a fork. Heat a pan and toast almonds until brown. Remove. Melt 1 T butter and cook squash for a few minutes. Add remaining garlic and cook until squash begins to brown and liquid has evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat coconut oil in a pot and stir in flour cooking for a few minutes. Whisk in coconut milk and broth and continue stirring until thickened, but smooth. Salt to taste. Oil muffin tins. Place a won ton wrapper in each so that the corners go up the sides. Place a spoon of squash, then lamb, then Béchamel into each. Place another won ton wrapper on top rotated 90º and push gently in the center. Sprinkle almonds, then squash, lamb, sauce again. Bake in oven 15 minutes or until edges are browned, rotating halfway through. Sprinkle with cilantro and aleppo pepper and, if you wish, feta

Yield: 12 mini lasagnas

Source: savorthis

Have a great day


  1. Lovely art work. I used to go to art fairs all the time. Now I have more 'stuff' than I can even display.

    1. I'm the same with stuff I can't display Denise. We have lots of Mikes paintings and prints on our walls.

  2. Some amazing artwork! I like his owls and hawks best.

    1. Basically, so does he Alex. They used to have an owl some years ago.

  3. Hi Jo - lovely art work ... beautiful - clever chap. The spiced lamb sounds delicious too ... love those flavours - cheers Hilary

    1. We have always thought so Hilary. He lives in the Medway Towns.

      Does sound delicious doesn't it?

  4. I really enjoyed the video of the artwork put to music. I just adore birds.

    1. Thanks Truedessa. We really love his work.

  5. How wonderful! Scotto and I are about to visit a local artist and perhaps purchase my first real piece of art! Your son is so talented.

    1. Son-in-law actually Pinky. Yes he is talented. Did you buy something from your local artist? You can always buy something from Mike, he would be delighted. He has sold pix to the States and other countries (Hong Kong was one).