Recreated from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
[Laia] My mouth waters, and I long for Nan’s food. We never had much, but whatever we did have was made with love, which I now know transforms simple fare into a feast. Here, we eat the Commandant’s scraps, and no matter how hungry I am, they taste like sawdust.
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[Elias] Someone shoves a plate of spiced kabobs into my hand. Someone else, a drink.
There's little room for love in the food at Blackcliff. The students in Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes are commonly served 'swill' and 'slop' that plops unappetizingly on the plate. Even celebratory kabobs are 'shoved' not shared. It's a cruel place bereft of kindness, especially when compared with Nan's kitchen which is fragrant with sweetness and spice and familial affection. Because I think I can avoid the eye of the Commandant, I've had Nan's apricot jam infiltrate the kabob recipe to help transform this fare into a feast.
Ingredients (makes 12 kabobs)
Apricot jam sauce (to go with 12 kabobs)
Special equipment: Grill pan with a wire rack, 12 skewers
Bonus tzatziki recipe – Ingredients (to accompany 12 kabobs)
For another take on lamb with apricot, try my Spellslinger roast.