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BALANCING ACT: You can't go wrong with lamb cutlets. This recipe combines earthy and sweet flavours.

BALANCING ACT: You can't go wrong with lamb cutlets. This recipe combines earthy and sweet flavours.

Lamb is the hero of the second dish in Food & Wine’s recipe series from Melissa Dixon, Kingland executive chef who designs recipes for Bistro on Hermitage, James Estate, Maccoa Restaurant and the Kingland Yacht.


Marinated Lamb Cutlets with White Bean Puree, Currants, Olives and Pine Nuts 

Serves 4


12 frenched lamb cutlets

1 bunch rosemary

1 bunch thyme

50g pine nuts

50g currants

100g wild baby olives

400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup almond meal

1 lemon, zested and juice

1 grated garlic clove

100ml olive oil

Salt and pepper


1. Chop thyme and rosemary, mix with olive oil and lemon zest. Marinate lamb cutlets in herb and lemon zest and marinate for a minimum of two hours.

2. White bean puree: add beans, almond meal, garlic and 1 tbs of lemon juice into a blender. Blend until smooth, season with salt and pepper and set aside in a small serving bowl.

3. Heat a pan to med-high heat, add cutlets into pan two or three at a time. Seal on first side for around 3 to 4 minutes, turn over and cook on other side for approx. 2 mins. Set aside and repeat with remaining cutlets.

4. Once lamb has been removed and is resting, add to pan while still hot pine nuts, currants and olives. Toss around until pine nuts let off a nutty aroma.

5. Serve lamb on platter, top with currant, pine nut and olives and serve with a bowl of white bean puree.

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The Family Hotel is hosting a three-course Vegan Long Lunch on February 25. There are two sittings: 11am to 1pm, and 1pm to 3pm. The last event sold out so don’t drag your feet. Tickets $51.64 at

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