>Fun for kids, lamb and coke lollies with yogurt dip

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Now, this book of Coca-cola recipes (Solar Editions) was given to me as a joke by sister in law Anne-Laure who is a great cook and shares my dislike of sodas!
But I found a great and fun recipe to use coca-cola in it and I can’t resist the urge to share it! After so many healthy and detoxifying recipes, here is one the doctor doesn’t recommend by it tastes great and is fun for the kids – plus the amount of sugar is minimal in fact.

Ingredients list:
Minced Lamb or beef 500g
Cubed bacon, 100g
Celery 1 stick
Garlic 3 cloves
Mint, 1 Tsp of freshly chopped
Yogurt 300g
Coca-cola 50 cl
Ground Cumin 3 tsp
Olive oil 3 Tbsp
Salt and pepper

Mix in a food processor 2 garlic cloves, bacon and celeri.
Add the mince, cumin, salt and pepper and chopp roughly- not too finely to keep a good texture.
Between your cupped hands (previously oiled), make some chunky “quenelles” or sausage shapes. Reserve in the fridge.
Mix the yogurt with the mint, add one garlic clove and a bit of oil. Serve in small glasses, ready to dip.

In a shallow pan, heat the oil and quickly fry the meat “quenelles” on all sides and reserve on absorbing paper. Pour the coke into the hot pan and let it bubble and reduce for a few seconds until you get a sirupy sauce with a nice caramelised nose!
Put the meat back in and coat them nicely on low heat. They need to be brown and coated in delicious glossy caramel.
Break some wooden chopsticks (from last night’s take away) and spear each “quenelle” with one of these so it looks like a lollipop ready to dip into the flavoured yogurt!

Watch the delight on your kids faces… This is quick and fun, both to prepare and to eat.

Nutrition notes: The current  Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition guidelines on red meat are to consume a maximum of 500g per week. There is a proven link between red meat/processed meat consumption and the risk of certain cancers (colon, breast and bowels). But in moderation, red meat is a great source of iron and important amino acids. This recipe serves 5 and represent 1/5 of the recommended allowance.
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