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Roast Lamb with Basil, Yogurt and Fajita Spice

Fajita Spice sounds as though she’d have been a good singer, perhaps that injection of Latin missing from the original line up. Anyway, this dish was simply yummy and pretty easy to put together.

Take a leg of lamb and butterfly away from the bone.
Rub in some fajita spice, about half a packet.
Lather with a mix of Greek yogurt and chopped fresh basil.
Salt and pepper
Leave to marinade for 2 hours

Place the lamb in a very hot oven for 55 mins
After the lamb has been in for 30 minutes, put some potatoes on the boil. Also add som red peppers to the lamb dish.
After the potatoes have been on for 15 minutes add some spinach and green beans over the same boiling potatoes and steam for ten minutes.

Mash the potatoes with salt and flora.
Carve the lamb
Serve with the wilted spinach and the crunchy green beans.

The verdict : scrummy. I couldn’t stop mmmming and ahhhing. Really annoyed the kids doing this so they marked it down to a 8/10. The lamb was a bit too pink for them, so leave on for another 15 mins in the oven if you like.

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The lowdown on Basil – The unique array of active constituents called flavonoids found in basil provide protection at the cellular level. Orientin and vicenin are two water-soluble flavonoids that have been of particular interest in basil, and in studies on human white blood cells; these components of basil protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage.

In addition, basil has been shown to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth. These anti-bacterial properties of basil are not associated with its unique flavonoids, but instead with its volatile oils, which contain estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene. Lab studies show the effectiveness of basil in restricting growth of numerous bacteria, including : Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli O:157:H7, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Essential oil of basil, obtained from its leaves, has demonstrated the ability to inhibit several species of pathogenic bacteria that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs. In a study published in the July 2003 issue of the Journal of Microbiology Methods, essential oil of basil was even found to inhibit strains of bacteria from the genera Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Pseudomonas, all of which are not only widespread, but now pose serious treatment difficulties because they have developed a high level of resistance to treatment with antibiotic drugs.(September 8, 2003)

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