It’s funny how one little thing can ruin a perfectly good plan.
There I was on Wednesday, all ready to make the February 2010 cover recipe, Bill Granger’s cumin-spiced lamb with fresh mango chutney, for dinner. I’d carefully chopped the green chilli, ginger and garlic as finely as I could. I’d measured out the garam masala and turmeric and squeezed the lime juice. I mixed it all together to make a delicious marinade. So far so good.
Off to the fridge I went to get out my lamb cutlets. When I opened the plastic, I knew straight away – rotten!! Now I don’t know about you, but lamb cutlets are a luxury in my house. My kids love them! But with a $30/kg + price tag, they are a rarity. I was foul! Furious!
In a frenzy I rummaged through my handbag to find the receipt. Having only bought them on Monday, I was hoping that for one time in my life I had somehow kept it. Yes! Next, a phone call to the store manager to voice my anger and request a refund or return. No problem she says. Just bring it back as soon as you can. Next, a quick phone call to Mr Picky Palette and a plea to him to visit the big red supermarket chain and replace them for me. Yes dear.
By now, it was too late. B2 and B4’s dinner cries were reaching a crescendo! What to do? So I bailed on the idea of cooking the lamb cutlets as planned. I was out of time and out of lamb! Dinner was saved by a frozen salmon fillet and a few salad items hiding in the fridge. Kids were fed! Phew…
Mr Picky Palette arrived home soon after. Replacement lamb cutlets were put in the freezer to be served another day.