Thursday, May 22, 2008


~ Dicentra 'Gold Heart'



~ 'Guilt free' delicious choice for the holiday weekend


1 1/2 lbs. boneless leg of Spring lamb, cut in cubes

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano

2 cloves minced garlic

juice and zest of 1 fresh lemon

1 tsp. coarse salt

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 cup plain yogurt

1 clove minced garlic

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

4-6 large pitas

Tabbouleh (Tabouli)

  • Place lamb in large bowl. Combine olive oil, thyme, oregano, garlic, lemon juice, zest, and salt & pepper. Toss with lamb and marinate for several hours.
  • Combine yogurt, garlic, thyme, oregano and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Thread lamb cubes on skewers. Broil or grill about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare.
  • Meanwhile, toast pitas lightly on the grill until warmed.
  • Remove lamb from skewers and place on Tabbouleh. Drizzle with yogurt dressing and wrap firmly into a roll. (4-6 servings)



1 cup fine bulgur or cracked wheat

1 cup chopped Italian parsley

1 seeded and chopped English cucumber

1 minced onion

3 chopped scallions

2 chopped and seeded Roma tomatoes

2 Tbsp. chopped mint

1 clove minced garlic

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

12 chopped black olives

  • Soak cracked wheat in water to cover for 20 minutes. Drain any water that has not been absorbed.
  • Add parsley, cucumber, onion, scallions, chopped tomatoes, mint, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well. Add chopped black olives and let set for 2 hours for flavors to meld.

Gardener's Note: This brilliant 'old-fashioned' bleeding heart POPS in a shade garden . Surprisingly hearty with long lasting blooms, its sunny leaves will glow throughout spring and summer.


Ki said...

I'm not sure I like the pink and yellow combo but I'm not too partial to bleeding hearts anyway because of their rampant growth. Well we can't like them all eh?

Amy said...

Beautiful photos, as always :) My garden is mostly drought tolerant, but I do have an old fashioned bleeding heart by my front door where I can give it some extra water. I have wonderful childhood memories of sitting on my grandparents doorstep while my Oma told us a story about a beautiful princess with one of the flowers.

Rose said...

So far I've had no luck with bleeding hearts, but new plants are on the way. I'm hoping they will take because all the bleeding hearts I've seen on posts this spring make me want one that much more.
I don't "do" lamb, but have always wanted to make tabbouleh. I'll have to try this.

Catherine said...

Beautiful bleeding heart & caputres of it...I have only seen it ~the gold heart in plant catalogs, now that I see just how beautiful it is ~I want one..:) I love plants with the golden colored foliage..especially in the shade,and I love bleeding heart's,& the long lasting heart shaped blooms!! I also want to find a white one for my blue & white bed!! I have so enjoyed catching up Joey, I feel like I have spent an entire evening in your garden taking in all the beauty of it and the gardener!! :)
I feel such a connection with you!
I keep you & your sister in my thoughts & prayers!!
Thanks again for the smile,& for enticing me to visit!! :)