Thursday, January 14, 2010



Long before Wall Street forced us to relocate to Penny Lane, Richard and I had been shopping ‘sales,’ (we’re writers – translation: we’re out of work–a lot!!) cutting coupons and frequenting places like Costco or Target for ‘deals’ on food, cleaning products, etc. I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t. Well, maybe not the cutting coupon thing which I do obsessively (but only for things I really use) because every coupon is cash to me (double cash if you go to a double coupon market) and I hate to see money thrown into the recycle bin. Hell, I still pick up a penny on the lane if I see one, even if it’s tails up... but I digress… We buy fresh salmon in Costco for ‘pennies,’ cut it up in serving sizes and freeze it. Sadly, we can’t buy produce there since we’re only ‘two’ and most of it would go bad, but the stuff we can buy on the cheap and freeze – In. Our. Cart!!!  Our freezer is packed with healthful, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, beautiful lamb chops, fish, pork chops and steaks that give us many dinners for less than $10.00.

In past blogs I’ve written about the three meals we get from a 4 pound roast chicken. And then there’s my ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ pasta I wrote about that cleans out all the leftovers in our refrigerator – a delicious supper (it’s pasta!!) that’s good for you and cheap, cheap, cheap… Why would anyone rush down the lane to a Burger King when you can eat delicious, healthful, cheap meals at home!

Until recently, however, I never thought of leftovers as “gourmet: But, remember that leg of lamb Richard bought on sale? Well, last night he made Montefin’s leftover, low carb (I’m South Beaching it while doing the Weight Watcher point thing) leg of lamb stew.” Cheap! Healthful! Delicious! But so is my pasta, right? Well, yes. But this stew kicks the leftover thing up a couple of notches to become a real gourmet leftover. I mean really… it has fennel seeds!

(Note: is a website Richard found that features low carb recipes, among other ideas, to help me South Beach it.)\

montefin's Leftover Leg Of Lamb Stew Recipe

Serves 2. (Actually we found there's more than enough for 3 or 4)

• 1 - Leftover Leg Of Lamb with about 2 lbs. of meat left
• 2 large stalks - Celery, cut into 1 1/2" lengths
• 2 - Turnips, peeled and diced the size of Vegas dice
• 1 large - White Onion
• 1 Tsp. - Fennel Seed
• 2 Tsps. - Cumin Seed
• 2 - Bay Leaves
• 2 - Carrots, cut into 1" lengths
• 2 - Green Peppers (Richard’s not crazy about green peppers – so he
•                  used one green and one red bell pepper)
• 10 - Garlic, peeled
• 2 Tbls. - Dried Basil
• 1 Tbls. - Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce
• 3 Dashes - McIllhenny's Tabasco® Sauce (Richard chose not to
•              include the Tabasco sauce)
• 1/2 Cup - Sour Cream


Remove the meat from the Leg Of Lamb. Cut the meat into 2 1/2" cubes, cover with clear wrap and refrigerate.

Set the bone in a pot containing 2 quarts of cold water. Add the Celery and Bay Leaves. Cut the top and bottom off the Onion and toss them in too. Put the pot on a low flame and simmer it for 1 hour. Do not cover the pot.

Remove and discard the bone and onion pieces, but leave the celery and bay leaves.

Add the Lamb chunks, the Fennel & Cumin seeds, basil, the Turnips (the ones with the purple tops, not Rutabagas, the yellow ones), Carrots and Garlic cloves. Cut the Onion into eights and add to the pot. Simmer it all on low for 45 minutes.

Add the Green Pepper (and in Richard's case, red bell pepper) andWorcestershire Sauce and cook another 15 minutes.

Just before serving, dip out about 1/4 cup of the pot liquid, stir into the Sour Cream. Serve the stew out onto plates, top with dollops of the sour cream sauce and spritz the sour cream with Tabasco Sauce for color and zing.

Only 12 Carbohydrate grams per serving


luann said...

The lambs stew sounds so yummy I can't wait to try it. And thanks for the website for low carbs. Helpful.

ilona saari said...

You're welcome. Enjoy.

Richard said...

One of the best ways to dress up leftover lamb. Turns off the rack into couture.

Susan said...

I don't eat lamb, but I'm glad you are making use of your Costco membership. Nice photos, too.

ilona saari said...

Love Costco - not only for food, but for paper products, some canned goods ie: tuna - sometimes books, etc. Glad you like the pix, Susan

Lana said...

I, too, LOVE Costco, and I can't resist picking up a penny, either. "Find a penny, pick it up - All the day you'll have good luck." Hey it's worth a try!