Spiced lamb skewers with blackberry quinoa salad

Look out for packs of mixed red and white quinoa with bulgur wheat, which cooks in just 10 minutes and makes a great change from rice. Any leftovers can be packed into a plastic box and taken to work for lunch.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10-14 minutes


Lamb skewers
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roughly crushed
1 teaspoon peppercorns, roughly crushed, plus a little extra
1 lemon, juice only
2 teaspoons runny honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
Few salt flakes
700g (1lb 9oz) lean lamb leg steaks, cubed
125g (4 1/2oz) fine asparagus

Quinoa salad
750ml (1 1/4 pint) vegetable stock
200g (7oz) mixed red and white quinoa with bulghar wheat
1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced
200g (7oz) blackberries
100g (4oz) sun blush tomatoes in oil, drained
Small handful flat leafed parsley, roughly chopped
Small handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, halved


Add the garlic, crushed cumin and peppercorns to a shallow dish; add the lemon juice, honey, 1 tablespoon oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and fork together to mix. Add the cubed lamb and toss in the garlic mixture then thread on to 8 small metal skewers. Toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and a little extra salt and pepper.

For the quinoa salad, bring the stock to the boil in a saucepan; add the quinoa mix and simmer for 12 minutes or until the grains are just beginning to separate.

Pour off any excess stock, leaving just enough in the pan to keep the quinoa moist. Tip into a bowl then add the remaining salad ingredients and toss together with a two spoons.

Preheat a griddle pan or grill and cook the lamb skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning several times until browned. Take out of the pan, add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes until just tender.

Add the asparagus to the salad then serve with the lamb skewers. Squeeze over lemon juice to taste.

Recipe thanks to Seasonal Berries
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