Lamb Souvlaki for a Friday night
A good Friday night meal to be eaten in front of the TV watching one of our favourite old movies (Diva - from France. 1981). Souvlaki in one hand, beer in the other....noice! Souvlaki (or shwarma as I noticed they were called in Europe) is a really popular take-away meal here, especially after a few drinks at the pub when you could eat a horse...and as fast foods go, it's the healthiest you can choose. Fresh bread, grilled lamb and fresh salads will always beat a McDonald's burger or take-away pizza hands down - and is tastier anyway. We have a favourite place in Melbourne that makes the best souvlakis (in our opinion), and sprinkles them with ground sumac, which gives it a great tangy and spicy flavour. We don't have sumac at home so I had to compromise by using lemon juice and chili powder.
Just marinate some lamb (or chicken) overnight in lots of garlic, lemon juice, chili powder and good, dried oregano (we used our stuff from Greece. Again!). Cook it up the next day, so it gets crispy and crunchy on the outside and wrap it in some pita bread with lettuce, raw onion and tomatoes (I liked our baby tomato variation). The take-away shops always use a great garlic sauce, but we make it easier by buying a tub of tzaziki from the supermarket: yogurt, cucumber & garlic dip. It gives the moistness needed when wrapping something in pita bread. Wrap into a roll and eat, trying not to let it explode out the other end onto your lap.
A great lazy meal after another great lazy summer day!