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(Photo and recipe via here)

Serves 4

Preparation: 45min

This is a children’s all-time favourite (including those who still take credit rating agencies’ predictions seriously). Serve with French fries or, if you decide to skip the sauce, with potato puree.

For the Mint Sauce

1 cup fat Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced fresh mint
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp kosher salt, divided

To make the yogurt sauce mix yogurt, garlic, mint, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

For the Lamb Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb
¼ cup plain bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 tblsp chopped fresh coriander
½ cup minced onions
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp allspice
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 pieces whole wheat pita bread

Preheat oven to 180oC / 350oF / Gas Mark 4.

In a bowl combine lamb, bread crumbs, egg, coriander, onions, cumin, allspice and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Mix well. Roll into 12 meatballs (Helpful hint: Shape your meatballs using an ice cream scoop for consistent size). Place meatballs in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
Spoon yogurt sauce on down the middle of the pita, top with three lamb meatballs. Serve.
These would also make a great appetizer. Simply put toothpicks in the meatballs and serve the yogurt mint sauce alongside for dipping.


Food for thought

Moody’s downgrades UK – Osborne ploughs on regardless

Here’s Osborne in April 2012, following S&P’s decision to affirm the UK’s AAA credit rating:

“This is a reminder that Britain is weathering the international debt storms because of the policies we have adopted and stuck to in tough times…The budget showed we are ready to go on making the difficult decisions that are keeping our country safe. Once again we are reminded that those who want to spend and borrow even more would lead our country into an economic catastrophe.”

So the AAA rating proved austerity was the right thing to do and changing course would risk losing it which would lead to “economic catastrophe”. But hang on a minute. Today, horror of horrors, another ratings agency – Moody’s,does downgrade the UK. Economic catastrophe? What does Osborne think now?

“Tonight we have a stark reminder of the debt problems facing our country – and the clearest possible warning to anyone who thinks we can run away from dealing with those problems…Far from weakening our resolve to deliver our economic recovery plan, this decision redoubles it…

…[Moody’s] make it absolutely clear that they could downgrade the UK’s credit rating further in the event of ‘reduced political commitment to fiscal consolidation’…We are not going to run away from our problems, we are going to overcome them.”

It’s a little confusing because it seems that a AAA rating means austerity is the right thing to do, because losing that AAA would be a disaster, but in the event of actually losing the AAA rating, that also means austerity is the correct path, because the alternative would be much worse. If I didn’t know better, I’d say George Osborne doesn’t know what he’s doing.

* While now is the time to mock George Osborne, it should also be said that while the economic impact of the downgrade is uncertain, in reality it’s unlikely to amount to anything significant. Moody’s are actually making themselves look a little foolish by downgrading another country with its own sovereign currency, who’s risk of default is near enough zero.