Good morning. The first time I made what would become this recipe for oven-roasted chicken shawarma (above), I cooked it in a countertop rotisserie that my in-laws saw advertised on television 20 years ago and purchased on a whim. I love that oven and use it every time I visit them in Florida.
Last week, in town to chase tarpon around the skinny water near Chokoloskee, and accompanied by a chicken-averse child, I took a new angle: a no-recipe recipe for a lamb shawarma.
It was a simple preparation. I used a boneless leg rubbed in spices I found in the pantry (salt, lemon pepper, paprika, cinnamon, a few red-pepper flakes) and put it in the spinner for an hour and a half. To accompany the finished meat, still red at the center and terrifically crisp at the edges, I served a salad of chopped tomatoes, cucumber and red onion, store-bought hummus, feta and warm pita. You could do that in a conventional oven, then chop and crisp the meat in a pan, as I do for my chicken shawarma recipe.
Try that this weekend, a Saturday night special? With Eric Kimâ€™s cookies-and-cream Pavlova for afterward: four ingredients, one spectacular dessert!
Alternatively, take a look at this ace new recipe from Zainab Shah for hara masala murgh, a green masala chicken packed with mint and cilantro along with onion, garlic and ginger. It comes together quite quickly because you donâ€™t need to grind almonds for it. Zainab smartly uses almond butter instead.
I like this recipe for yakitori-style salmon with scallions and zucchini as well, and this last-gasp-of-cold-weather one for a one-pot French onion soup with porcini mushrooms. (St. Louis gooey butter cake for dessert after that one.) I could see my way to making sesame tofu with coconut-lime dressing and spinach. Also, brined pork chops with fennel. And always and forever, Sunday sauce for your Oscar-viewing pleasure.
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Now, itâ€™s nothing to do with spearmint or crab roe, but I got an advance copy of Jean Hanff Korelitzâ€™s new novel, â€œThe Latecomer,â€ and though itâ€™s not out until May, I think you ought to bookmark it at the library now, or pre-order at the store. Itâ€™s a big swing.
Dawn Davis, in Bon AppÃ©tit, sat down with Margaret Atwood to ask her about her dream dinner party. Sheâ€™d invite her longtime partner Graeme Gibson, the Canadian novelist who died in 2019, along with Charlotte BrontÃ« and Toni Morrison.
Hereâ€™s Jason Bailey in The Times, with a critical look at â€œBasic Instinctâ€ at 30.
Finally, take a look at Bee Wilson in the London Review of Books, wrestling with the concept of curry in Britain. And Iâ€™ll see you on Sunday.