Lamb cutlets from the oven with Zambartas Xynisteri Single Vineyard

From time to time, we would like to share a recipe with you. An all-time favourite of the Zambartas family, something traditional Cypriot or an exciting new discovery in a cookbook.

Today’s recipe, is lamb from the oven. Lamb is a classic for anybody that grew up in Cyprus or visits the island frequently. It was rightly so included in a beautiful book called “Cyprus, a culinary journey”. A culinary travel book with recipes of delicious Cypriot food, gorgeous photography, travel write-ups and chapters on wine, Cyprus coffee, rosewater and more. A true tribute to the island and its culinary tradition, and therefore prominent on our bookshelf.

All the recipes in the book are superbly presented and described by German top chef Franz Keller. We loved his interpretation of lamb from the oven with lime and coriander; super easy and delicious!

Ingredients:

1kg of lamb cutlets

Olive oil for marinating & roasting

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Coriander Seeds, freshly ground

2 organic limes sliced

12 shallots

12 small new potatoes, peeled

500ml white wine

500ml water

1 bunch of coriander leaves

Preparation:

Season the lamb with salt, pepper and coriander seeds.

Marinate in olive oil for 30 minutes. Put the meat in a cast iron roasting pan and fry on the hob until brown.

Halve the slices of lime, potatoes and shallots and place around the meat, the shallots with the cut side facing downwards. Put the lit on the roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes in a pre-heated fan assisted oven at 180°C. Then take the pieces of meat out and keep on a plate warmer or in a second oven. Leave the shallots and potatoes in the oven until they are done.

Then add the meat back to the roasting pan, sprinkle with roughly chopped coriander leaves and serve all together.

We served it with a fresh green salad. Paired with our Xynisteri Single Vineyard 2015, it was perfect for a still cool, yet spring infused evening up at the winery!

Cyprus, a culinary journey, is a beautiful gift for anybody with a passion for cooking and a love for Cyprus.

The book is available in English, German and Russian and for sale at the winery. Kyriakou Bookshops & Mavromatis Bookshops also stock them. C&C Publishing – ISBN:978-3-9816441-1-1

Online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cyprus-culinary-journey-Rita-Henss/dp/B00OG8DHMU

A winemaker’s wife – A little cosmopolitan oasis in the hills of Cyprus

Sometimes people ask me: ‘Is it not boring to live in a small village in Cyprus as a young and dynamic  person? Doesn’t your world become so small?’

I am very happy that I can give them a fully convinced “NO” for an answer.

The truth is, at first I did not expect to find a lot of excitement in a rural life and being away from the city. I was afraid to miss out on the excitement and thrill that the city brings.

However, I soon realised that the winery has one magic attribute; it is a magnet for people from all over the world. And not just people, people with an interest in wine, food, culture and usually with a very open mind. They come to visit us to taste our wines at first, but after a few glasses of wine people tend to open up, and numerous times we ended up discussing culture, experiences, and life in general.

We’ve had visits from all corners of the world, from the Malaysian family here on holidays, to the American business man working in the Middle East. From the Mallorcan winemaker  to the Italian couple running a B&B in Tuscany. From the young  Russian friends to the Swedish travelagent. From the Brazilian winelover to the English Lord.

One day an Iranian family arrived by taxi from their hotel. A young couple with two gorgeous children, enjoying a small holiday in Cyprus. I soon found out that they came for something more than just a tasting. They turned out to be from the Shiraz region in Iran and secretly producing their own wine in the basement. However they had a problem with the colour of their wine and came to ask for professional advice. The surprising thing was that the wife was the one speaking English fluently and in charge of the wine production. My secretly feminist heart made a little jump and we tried to help her as much as we could.

Or the day that we hosted a crew of 12 Norwegian sailors, stationed in the Eastern Med escorting away Chemical Weapons from Syria. Not only did we have a good time (they were thrilled to be off the boat and drink wine), we also learned about their work and the mission. A few months later, once the mission finished we received a picture from one of the sailors; a bottle of our Rose in the snow somewhere in the north of Norway.

I could go one and describe you the fantastic encounters we had; with the young American girl that determinately told me that when she grows up she will become the president of the United States, or the kind composer that send us 2 CD’s of his music for Cirque du Soleil by post. They actually all deserve a blog of their own.

Marcos had told me when we just met:  ‘The wine world is a exciting world, you will meet a lot of fun, interesting, eccentric and big-hearted people’. This turned out to be so true. I am grateful for meeting each one of them, as they all taught me something valuable about life, from the smallest thing to some big ideas.

I thank them all for bringing ‘the world’ to us in little Agios Amvrosios.

Love,

A winemaker’s wife