Lamb and Tabouleh Pita Pockets

I haven’t posted many recipes lately, partly because I’m only cooking basic meals thanks to sleep-deprivation and colds. The other reason is great food blogs have great photos, and I’m not happy with my food photography skills (and  don’t even talk to me about styling!). I find it difficult to get good photos when I’ve got a hungry toddler, baby and husband waiting to eat  (we like our family mealtimes).

One of my goals for the year was to learn to use my DSLR camera. I’ve done lots of reading, but the best way to learn is to give it a go. I’m putting my perfectionism aside and being happy with where I’m at with my photography skills. You can all share in my journey as I (hopefully) get better and one day produce those photos that make you drool!


So enough rambling about my imperfections. Here’s the recipe for Lamb and Tabouleh (Tabbouleh?) Pita Pockets that I made for lunch on Saturday:
500g (1 lb) lamb mince
1 teaspoon lemon pepper (spice blend)
1 teaspoon paprika
6 small pita pockets

1/3 cup couscous
1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
110g (4oz) cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 small red onion
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Place couscous and water in a small bowl. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Fluff the couscous up with a fork. Set aside to cool to room temperature – the time it takes to chop the tomatoes, parsley and onion should be more than enough.
2.  Mix parsley, tomatoes, onion, lemon juice and oil into the couscous. This is your tabouleh.
3.  Heat a large frypan over medium heat. Add lamb mince and cook until brown and cooked through. Drain and/or absorb with paper towel as much liquid from the pan as you can.
4.  Add lemon pepper and paprika to the lamb and stir.
5.  Cut pita pockets in half. Add lamb mixture and tabouleh into the pita pockets.

There you have a little bit fancy weekend lunch, but still easy, healthy and tasty.

What do you cook when you want something a bit nicer for lunch? Do you have any hints for food styling and photography? Let me know in the comments.

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