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Monday, June 13, 2011

Secret Recipe Club - Tornado Chops with a side of Slaw

This is my first post as part of the Secret Recipe Club and I'm glad I decided to join these guys. Its a real fun concept. Each month you are assigned one blog, from which you pick a recipe to work with. You can pick any one that appeals to you and make it as is or adapt it to your liking. 

This month I was assigned to Janis' blog, Bite Me New England. Hi there, Janis!!! I really admire her work. She cooks up a storm with meat dishes of so many kinds. Each of them are elaborate and I admire the kind of dedication she puts into everything she does. There are so many recipes that I wanted to try out, but I was really busy this past month, so I settled for something quick and simple, her Tornado Chops which turned out nice and tender. These were mildly spiced, so those who prefer their food flavorful, but less spicy, this one hits the spot. I served these with a side of cole slaw, which is also something I picked up from Janis' blog. I loved that it had absolutely no mayo but was so light and tasted so fresh. Thank you Janis, for sharing such wonderful recipes.

Tornado Chops
Adapted from: Bite Me New England

4 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Salt, to taste
2 Tbl Olive Oil 

6 lamb chops

Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl. 

Toss the lamb in the marinade to coat well and let it stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.

Add the lamb and initially sear on both sides on a medium high flame for a couple of minutes. This will help seal in the flavors. 

Then lower the flame and cook until done to your liking.

Serve hot.

Lime Slaw 
Adapted from: Bite Me New England

1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, julienned
A few leaved of iceberg lettuce, cut into strips

Juice of 1/2 lime
1/8 tsp. Safflower oil

1 tbsp yogurt 
1/2 large clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 tbsp honey
Salt, to taste
Freshly crushed black pepper, to taste 

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together.

Pour it over the chopped veggies and toss well. Check for seasoning.

Let it rest for a while before serving.


  1. Those chops look excellent! Great job. Yum.

  2. That sounds like a delicious meal. I bet those seasonings would work on a chicken breast or pork chop, too. That slaw sounds deliciously different.

  3. Looks great! I must try the lime slaw.

  4. So glad you liked it! You did great job re reating it!

  5. These chops look fantastic! I also really like slaw with no mayo.

  6. Thanks for stopping by guys, I really had fun making this and eating it too ;)

  7. This sounds quite easy to me. Marinate and fry. Mix cole slaw. I like it! Thanks for picking such an interesting recipe.

    I am curious about the dressing. I would never have the nerve to try lime juice mixed with yogurt; I have an idea that the acid would split the yogurt. But did it?

  8. This is my first month in The Secret Recipe Club and it's so much fun! I'm just loving all the new blogs and recipes I'm seeing. Your lime slaw looks especially good.

  9. Sarah, I had the same concerns too, but it turned out just fine and tasted great.

    Thanks Lisa!

  10. amanda @ fake gingerJune 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    What a fun name for the dish! I bet my husband would love it.

  11. Happy to be in such good company in the Secret Recipe Club. This recipe sounds delicious. It's been a while since I've had lamb. Yummy!

  12. Thanks Amanda and Rochelle!!!

  13. Hi again, I am planning to try the lime slaw. Now that I look more closely at the ingredients I have a couple of questions. I assume the measure for oil is 1/8 c and for honey it's 1/4 c. Is this correct?

  14. Hi Sarah, the measures given above are correct... 1/8 tsp. oil and 1/4 tbsp honey... I just made enough for 2-3 servings, if you are making this to serve a larger crowd, you can double the recipe as needed.

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