Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday with Marcia Lowry--Racist Sheep?

I think I see the culprit...Mama Olive.

Who could NOT love a face like this....her OWN mother that's who! For the second time in her 3 year lambing career, mom "Olive" has rejected one of her babies. Olive is all black ...with some silver showing, as she ages.

The first year she had twins, one black, one white. She tried to beat the white lamb into the ground just minutes after he was born, but loved up on the black one. So we bottle raised "Charlie" that year - feeding him milk replacer (very costly) 4 times daily for two months...a major commitment. I thought maybe Olive's issue was having two to care for, but
the next year, Olive had two black babies and loved them both.

This year, she had twins again - a black and a white and once again beat up on the white baby lamb? So now, we are bottle feeding "Mandy" and Olive is SOL down the road.

And on that's a favorite recipe for lamb,or it maybe mutton this time around!

Potato and Lamb Moussaka


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 pounds peeled baking potato, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add one-third of potato slices to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Transfer potato to bowl. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining potato slices.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, and lamb to pan; cook 3 minutes or until lamb begins to brown. Add bell peppers, tomato sauce, salt, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, and parsley; cook 10 minutes.

4. Arrange half of potato slices in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange lamb mixture over potatoes; top with remaining potato slices. Combine milk and eggs in a small bowl; pour over potato mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until top is golden and set. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Joanna Jenkins said...

That is one tough Mama goat!

Thanks for he recipe. Hubby is a huge Moussaka fan. I'll be making this soon.


Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

I had to laugh about the lamb recipe after your post!!!

Those darned sheep.

Anonymous said...

The post looks great - thanks Mel! ~ Marcia

Michaele said...

That is interesting. Sad for everyone - but interesting.
The recipe sounds great too!

TaraDharma said...

too bad my wife hates Cumin. She made a point recently, while holding the bottle of cumin for me to gaze upon. I. Hate. This. Stuff. (She said)

Still...the recipe looks great. I grew up eating terrible mutton my mom made. Only a few years ago did I realize that LAMB cooked correctly is a delight much like the tenderest beef. No mint jelly needed here! (kind of like the onions in liver and onions - to disquise the horrid taste)

Anonymous said...

My mom grew up on a huge sheep ranch - actually where I live now - and wouldn't eat/cook any sheep over 1 year of age. I have since butchered and eaten an older (5 yrs.) ewe and cannot tell the difference. I think the way it is fed and also cooked helps. My "hired-hand with benefits" doesn't care for cumin either but I sneak it in some dishes. Congrats TaraDharma on the pan!! ~ Marcia

Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

We are lamb lovers in our house..never had mutton. I absolutely love liver too but I am the only one!

@Marcia..I bet your mom had great stories to tell about growing up there...I mean, you live totally off the grid! How far to the nearest hospital?

Anonymous said...

We do live "off-grid" producing all our electricity with solar and wind - works great and we've not really changed the way we live day-to-day. We are 45 miles from a hospital - both Lander and Riverton are the same distance from here - Dubois is 30 miles and has a clinic - ambulance comes from Dubois if necessary...we try really hard to stay healthy and accident free :))) Marcia