If you didn’t already know, my whole family are a little bit food-obsessed and own award winning restaurants!

I even came 4th in the North on Junior Masterchef as a kid too so am not too shoddy myself but that’s a whole other post)….food is a huge part of our lives and especially our family life. I’m vegan so don’t eat kebabs but my kids do so I wanted to share this as I reflect all the dishes the family eat here.

Here Dad aka Papa G shares some top kitchen tips and also recipe for lamb kebabs.


1. Having space in a kitchen is always handy and a cooker in the island of the kitchen is of course preferable so you can work around it and it makes cleaning easier. I also like to cook on gas because it’s quicker and more controllable.

2. Always use a board to chop on, not the kitchen surfaces. Wooden board for bread and I have three plastic boards, one for vegetables, one for fish and the other for meat.

3. Drawers and cupboards should be fitted in accessible places to make it easier to cook. Fitted or integrated appliances keep the kitchen compact.

4. Use only 3 kitchen knives, you don’t need 50, whatever the sales person tries to tell you. One is a Chef’s knife, which has a wide blade between six and ten inches long, perfect for chopping. A French chef’s would curve upwards.

A paring knife is a smaller chef’s knife, with a blade ranging from two to four inches long. These are ideal for chopping and peeling vegetables. The third is a serrated knife, perfect for bread, tomatoes and meat. Buy a good sharpening rod to sharpen your knifes.

5. If you have space for 2 fridges, keep 1 for the cooked meat, the other for the raw meat and fish. If you don’t have that facility, store the fish and raw meat on the bottom and the cooked produce, always covered and in containers to avoid cross contamination.


Greek Lamb Kebabs

lamb kebabs

Here is Dad’s recipe. He knows his kebabs and once broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest Kebab in the World (again, a whole other post).

The usual meat to make kebabs is lamb or pork. You can also use beef, offal, poultry, fish as well as shellfish too. Here is my recipe for lovely lamb kebabs, marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and herbs to bring out the Mediterranean flavours. Perfect with rice and a crispy Greek salad.


You will need 8 long bamboo sticks or metal skewers.
1 large leg of lamb (about 2.25kg/5lb), boned, trimmed of fat and chopped into 3cm cubes

For the Marinade:
8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon, plus skins thrown in
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

For the Vegetables on the Skewers:
2 medium onions quartered and cut into 2 cm pieces
1 small courgette, thickly sliced
1 red and one green pepper, deseeded, devained and cut into 2cm pieces
4 bay leaves


Cut the lamb (or ask your butcher) into 3 cm cubes. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice and skins, crushed garlic, onion, bay leaves, herbs and 4 pinches of black pepper together to make a marinade. Put the lamb cubes in a large shallow dish, cover them with the marinade, then cover the dish with cling film. Leave the marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight (or up to a couple of days).

Let the meat come to room temperature and soak 8 bamboo skewers in water for about half an hour. Alternatively you can use metal skewers. Thread four cubes of lamb cubes alternating with the slices of onion, pepper and courgette pieces.

On a very hot ridged griddle pan, barbecue or under a hot grill, at a distance of 10cm, cook the lamb kebabs until golden brown and ensure they are thoroughly cooked, 3 minutes on each side or for 6 minutes on the charcoal.

Put the kebabs onto eight plates, two skewers on every plate, spoon over the dressing and serve. They are wonderful with rice and a crispy Greek salad.

Recipe © George Psarias.

Food photograph ©Peter Broadbent.

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61 Responses

  1. Neeraj Soni


    i have read many of your recepies , and they were amazing …. the best part of ur recepies are they are working for me ….
    thanks for sharing such a delicious list with us….

    keep posting

  2. Matt

    Awesome recipe!
    I was just looking for ideas on what to make for my parent’s wedding anniversary and this fits the bill perfectly.
    Keep up the great work:-)
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  3. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Another MOUTH WATERING recipe from Papa G!!
    Couldn’t link up this week from our campsite! But had to stop by for my weekly dose of food inspiration all the same 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Really are and absolutely love living back in Leeds with all the family’s restaurants on our doorsteps x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks very much. perfect bbq fare x
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  4. jenny paulin

    your dad has a lovely smile and his kebabs look soooo yummy x
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  5. Camilla @FabFood4All

    I’m so jealous that you dad is such a wonderful chef, I think my dad managed to set fire to some Birds Eye Chicken Pies once when my mum was in hospital – but at least my mum made up for him!

  6. Rebecca U

    This looks lovely and sounds like even I could give it a go! Good kitchen tips too – totally agree with the chopping boards
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  7. Jai @ Kiddy Reviews

    My dad used to run restaurants so I completely agree with everything Papa G is saying. Those kebabs are making my mouth water! I will definitely be giving them a go!
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  8. Heather Haigh

    Fabulous tips. I’m not far from Leeds and I love Greek food – I have to get hubby to take me to the Olive Tree!
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  9. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    Great tips, most of which I hear from Ben all the time too 😉 Looks like a great recipe too, definitely one to try out x
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  10. Notmyyearoff

    Great recipe and great tips too. I really need to sort out my knives after losing my favourite one. I’m not even sure how I did that.

  11. mummytries

    Yum!! Kebabs look fab hon, bet they are super scrummy xx
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  12. Jenny

    Love Papa G’s kitchen tips. What a great idea. I am always looking for tips and tricks of the trade. I am such a beginner cook so anytime I can learn anything I am all ears. Love this and the recipe. Perfect for BBQ season. Thanks for hosting my lovely.
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  13. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    This looks delicious!! Must give it a try. Love that pic of your Dad too 🙂 and I need to get myself some plastic chopping boards. Great tip! Xxx
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  14. Capture by Lucy

    Love these tips and Junior Masterchef – ace! You must post some video!!! xx
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    • honestmum

      Ha came 4th in the North so didn’t make it on the TV (thankfully) Lucy-wasn’t ready for my close up at that age (would never have lived it down)!

  15. Eileen Teo

    Thanks for the great tips! I think I might have 8 knives but never used most of them! Time to rethink!
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  16. Coombemill

    Papa G’s recipe is very similar to mine, I love the flavour combination, sometimes I use rosemary too but that can be quite strong. Your photography is perfect and showing off how delicious and fresh it must be.
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  17. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill (@Businessmum)

    ooh! I did a lam kebab recipe on my blog a few months ago but I didn’t get the pro ‘flaming pan’ effect like your Dad! Brill post, it is lovely to see your family so involved with the blog, I really enjoyed reading this post Vicki! x

    • honestmum

      Thanks for linking up Nadine, that picture was isolated from the kebabs as they are cooked on the grill, just wanted to show Papa G cooking! x

    • honestmum

      Thanks Amy, me too, wish I was eating this for lunch today!
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  18. becky

    Some great tips that I’m gonna take note off…..I currently have a million knives and just 1 chopping board! And your right there are 2 brand new posts hiding in here (I want to read about you Masterchef days AND your Dad’s World Record!!!! I might try these, im such a wimp when it comes to cooking meats, I’m very much a Chicken/sausage/mince girl…other meats scare me incase i cook wrong and poison the kids!!!
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    • honestmum

      Ha thanks Becky, must try and write those-Junior M was hysterical! Go for it with these kebabs, you’ll love them!

  19. Mel

    What a family of foodie lovers! Great tips, lovely. I also cook on gas, much easier to control than any other way. What knifes would you recommend getting? Any brand in particular? (the kind that would go through swede easily…). x Mel
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Mel, I called my Dad who is currently in London and he said there are lots of great brands out there, John Lewis have a fabulous range but even the supermarkets stock great knives too. Thanks for linking up x

  20. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Those tips are so helpful! I only have 2 knives. One big and one small and lots of chopping board too! I am just too OC to use one on the same food! Thanks for sharing and those kebabs are so moist! My fave when it comes to meat! #TastyTuesdays
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  21. Lydia Gerratt

    I love lamb kebabs, though whenever I’ve tried to make them they are always a little bit dry – I don’t think I marinaded them long enough though 6hrs sounds like it will do the trick!! Beautiful photo! #Tastytuesdays

  22. Ciara (@My Fussy Eater)

    Great tips, especially the one about only needing 3 knives. Its reminded me I need to get some new ones!
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