So what's The Big Fat Surprise? - read why I have dedicated this recipe, and watch the TedX below to learn why butter, meat and cheese belong in a healthy diet. Learn how the flawed dietary guidelines are still here today and watch as each dietary myth is debunked.
The Big Fat Surprise
I promised to develop a recipe for Nina Teicholz, author of Big Fat Surprise. I wanted Nina to have a recipe which would become just as famous as Tom Naughton's FatHead pizza. - together, we chose the idea of lamb noisettes with a hidden surprise of spinach, rosemary and haloumi.
Rolled lamb noisettes are just as ideal for a family meal (my children loved this recipe and wanted more) or to serve to dinner guests. The rolled lamb noisettes can be prepared ahead of time then simply cooked just before your guests arrive. They can be cooked in the oven, in the frying pan or even on the BBQ. This is the epitome of "Real Food, Real Easy" which has become my tag line for a very good reason. Good food really shouldn't be complicated.
The Big Fat Surprise is the ultimate book on nutrition which took 9 years of dedicated research. It lifts the lid on the myths surrounding the science of nutrition and food politics.
Nina dedicated 9 years to The Big Fat Surprise. She read thousands of scientific papers, interviewed almost every nutrition expert in the US, countless food industry executives and learned the complex intricacies of nutrition science - "finding out the truth for me was all-consuming 9 year obsession." - " The results were startling."
Nina summarises The Big Fat Surprise - "This book lays out the scientific case for why our bodies are healthiest on a diet with ample amounts of fats and why this regime necessarily includes meat, eggs, butter, and other animal foods high in saturated fat. The Big Fat Surprise takes us through the dramatic twists and turns of fifty years of nutrition science and lays out the evidence, so that a reader can fully understand the evidence to see for themselves how we arrived at our present understanding.The Big Fat Surprise - the perfect mediterranean meal.
At it's heart, this book is a scientific investigation, but it is also a story about the strong personalities who corralled colleagues into believing their ideas. These ambitious, crusading researchers launched the entire American population, and subsequently the rest of the world, on the low-fat, near vegetarian diet, a regime that ironically may have directly exacerbated many of the ills it was intended to cure."
Big Fat Surprise
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- If your cut of lamb is too thick (I bought a butterflied leg of lamb) then using a meat tenderiser or rolling pin, hammer it out until it is thin enough to roll up. Roughly 1.5cm / 0.6 inch.
- Place a layer of spinach (or any leafy greens) on top of the lamb.
- Cut the haloumi into strips and place onto the spinach.
- Sprinkle fresh rosemary, salt and pepper all over.
- Roll up tightly and place toothpicks along the length of the meat to stop the lamb from opening whilst cooking.
- Oil a roasting dish and roll the rolled lamb noisettes in the oil. Add more salt and pepper to your taste.
- Cook at 180C/350F for 30 - 40 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the lamb. I like mine slightly undercooked in the centre.
- Remove from the heat and cut into 5cm/2 inch noisettes.
Who should I dedicate the next recipe to? The Fat Emperor would be fun.