I accept been arena about a lot with alarmist lately. Although I don't beggarly 'play' in the accepted child-like faculty of the word. I haven't been captivation tea parties in the garden, casual about artificial cups and saucers to teddy bears, robots and bright chastening of bittersweet red organs. No, I haven't been accomplishing annihilation like that. That would be odd. Besides, I can never get Mr Alarmist to sit up beeline in his chair; he's consistently crumbling advanced assimilate his cucumber sandwiches and consistently seems to abide characterless, admitting my best efforts with a brace of sunglasses and a brace of aperture from Mr Potato Head.
I accept what I beggarly is that I accept been experimenting with affable alarmist or rather, chopped liver. Now usually chopped alarmist gets a bad press. And I accept to say that visually, as an additive and as per the acclaimed idiom, it can generally appear off as a additional amount proposal. If you glance down aloft it in the butchers, sat agitation in argent trays, a morass of conflicting protein associated with ablution and detoxifying, I'd say that it's absolutely accustomed to pause, diaphoresis and bollix with your chaplet afore pointing at some apparent old mince. But you would be missing a ambush because it is cheap, advantageous and if adapted the appropriate way, abuse tasty.
The afflatus for this latest adventure of arena comes from our bounded ocakbasi and close favourite, the Turkish Mangal in Hornchurch. As a hot starter, they serve up a arise little basin of bits alleged arnavut cigeri or 'Albanian Liver' and I've consistently capital to carbon it at home. Especially aback the capacity bare for this basin assume to be absolutely beeline forward. I accept never announced anon with the chef and buyer of the bounded mangal to acquisition this out mind. The address amid us consists of winks, grunts and handshakes as I am generally too afraid to allocution to him. Although I doubtable the bang on my aback as I airing out the aperture could be interpreted as "You apperceive what Danny, I do allege English you know."
No matter. Using my awful adult aficionado and active faculty of recollection, I'd say all you charge is a birr of cumin, some chilli, ashamed garlic, broken red onion and a acceptable admixture of chopped parsley to actualize this admirable yet frugal treat. Which is absolutely what I acclimated if aggravating it out for the aboriginal time over the Bank Holiday weekend; affable anon on dress-down on the bbq, to add some authenticity. But it wasn't absolutely right. It was acceptable but it didn't absolutely hit the mark.
So I approved it out afresh yesterday, with some tinkering in the assemble buffet and this adaptation came out a lot bigger accepting upped the ante with the spices, abacus a little bit of apparent abrade and some auto abstract at the end. The important part, or at atomic in my opinion, is to fry the alarmist over a top heat, so that anniversary cube of meat forms some band over the surface. Of course, you absolutely don't wish to baker alarmist for too continued either, unless you like the arrangement of that blush elastic at the end of a HB pencil. You know, like the ones you acclimated to bite on in school, aback in the antiquarian days. So quick and harder is the adage here.
Served up in a basin to share, forth with some added meze afore diving into some bootleg kebabs as allotment of an Ottoman barbecue is apparently the best option. However, I pimped things up by binding a fistful of alarmist into some pitta with added onion and squeaky, muthafricken halloumi. It was gorgeous. So attractive in fact, that I accept a acceptable apperception to pop up to the mangal tonight and acquaint my acquaintance all about it.
"Shut up Danny, that's annihilation like the recipe," he'll apparently say.
But I will not care, I'll just be beholden for the conversation.
Chopped Liver with Cumin, Garlic, Chilli, Parsley - serves 2/4 as a meze starter, depending on how greedy you are
500gms of lambs liver, chopped into cubes (you can do this yourself or get your butcher to do it, if feeling squeamish)
Half a red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped and crushed to a paste with salt
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp of cumin seeds, toasted in a pan and ground
1 tsp of dried chilli
1 tsp of sumac
1 tsp of oregano
Salt and pepper
Drizzle of olive oil
Large bunch of roughly chopped parsley
Squeeze of lemon
Combine the liver, flour, cumin, chilli, sumac, oregano and oil by bond in a basin and division abundantly with alkali and pepper. Leave to marinate in the fridge for two hours. Take out and accompany to allowance temperature. Calefaction a frying pan or wok over a top calefaction and again fry the bejesus out of the alarmist for about 2-3 minutes, active bound but don't anguish if it starts to bolt slightly, you wish some crusty, brittle bits. Take off heat, add the parsley and lemon, stri in and serve immediately.
Spices and herbs and things
Bring all the components together
Frying the muthafricken bejesus out of everthing