It’s amazing how a left-over dish can be transformed into new. I was a bit tired/lazy to cook another protein from scratch. Had some left-over braised goat meat (mutton) in my freezer. Did a little defrosting and simmered anew on stove top. So, with the help of a fresh bunch of mint and whole-grain rice, I created a brand new dish.
With one cup of rice and three cups of water (chicken broth would be fine), I added a sprig of thyme for more flavor along with a pat of butter and olive oil and a pinch of salt. After rice was simmered on low to completion, I finely chopped fresh mint and added to steaming rice. A fresh sprig of mint was used to garnish.
A week ago I blanched some green beans I had on hand. These were stored in the freezer. What do you know? These came in quite handy as I retrieved a serving and defrosted. I was very elated to see that they still had their brilliant green hue. Moreover, they were still crispy. I dried the excess fluid from them on paper towel and immersed them in a drizzle of olive oil and a clove of crushed garlic. With a sprinkle of cracked black pepper my green beans came alive on a low heat.
I served my transformed dish of braised goat meat with a serving of fried plantains; such a fantastic and sweet contrast. In addition, I added a healthy slice of ‘nature’s butter’, avocado after I squeezed fresh lime on same.
Guys, though the flavors were different; however together, they worked quite united. By the way, the braised mutton was even more succulent and loaded with amazing spices and flavors. My taste buds were very happy and so was I.