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Sunday 1st July 2007

Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges and Yams

Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges

Horopito (Pseudowintera Colorata) is native NZ Bush Pepper, and my chosen “Wild Weed”, even though it did come conveniently packaged from Kinaki, Wild Herbs
Horopito makes a “peppy” (hehe, do you like that?!) addition to marinades, spice rubs and sauces for meats, fish or vegetables. It is also traditionally used as an internal or external tonic, as it has anti-oxidant properties.

Horopito Packet

Tutaekuri, or Maori Potatoes are pretty WILD too! They are exceptionally floury potatoes and dark purple in colour, however more wildly “Tutaekuri” apparently translated to English (citation needed!) means dog poo! Now you would have to be rather fearless and WILD to eat dog poo, wouldn’t you agree?

Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges

Yams, New Zealand Yams (better known as Oca in most parts of the world) as anyone who has grown them will know, are notoriously weedy! Basically once planted you’ll have them in that part of the garden forever, only the smallest teeny part of the tuber left behind will continue to multiply and regenerate, year after year, after year!

So without further ado, here is my contribution to WILDFOOD #2 Wild Weeds!

Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges

  • Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges and Yams
  • 4 to 8 lamb leg or loin chops, approximately 750 grams
  • 3 tablespoons of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried Horopito (can substitute with ground black pepper!)
  • 8 to 10 small Tutaekuri purple potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 16 or so New Zealand Yams (aka Oca)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Place the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Pour this marinade over the lamb chops and cover to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the potato wedges and yams for roasting.
  4. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees C, place the vegetables into a roasting/baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake the vegetables for 30 minutes, turning frequently to ensure uniform crunchiness, sprinkle with salt and pepper to serve.
  6. Preheat a frying pan or grill and sprinkle the Horopito flakes liberally over the lamb chops and grill for 4 to 5 minutes each side, or until done to your liking.
  7. Rest the chops in a warm place for a couple of minutes before serving with the Tutaekuri wedges and yams, with perhaps some steamed greens on the side, I served my favourite broccoli!
  8. Serves 4 to 6.

Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges

For more on WILDFOOD stay tuned for the WILD WEEDS roundup to be posted in the next few days and see what wonderful WILD and WEEDY delicious fun some my friends have been up to!

Horopito Lamb Chops with Tutaekuri Wedges



  1. those potatoes look amaaazing :)

    The TriniGourmet — Monday 2nd July 2007 11:56 am

  2. We grew Maori potatoes from Koanga Garden but now I don’t think they are all growing well this year. We didn’t get good crops of them this year, a bit sad really. I just love the flavour of the Maori potatoes and their color is pretty, too. I saw them sold at the Farmers Market. I’ve never thought to make wedges out of them. I would do that next time!

    arfi — Monday 2nd July 2007 10:51 pm

  3. I love those potatoes but the whole dish just begs to be eaten.

    Tanna — Tuesday 3rd July 2007 2:22 am

  4. Looks great Bron!!



    Bruno — Wednesday 4th July 2007 7:10 am

  5. Ah, tutaekuri! My mum grows them, as well as Moe Moe, Wherowhero (has a red skin with white flesh) and some others, the names of which I can’t recall. I’ve seen them being sold at the farmers market in Hastings too. That’s a mighty feed you’ve made there, Bron!

    Nigel — Saturday 7th July 2007 4:18 pm

  6. I have never heard of tataekuri.. but it looks like it goes hand and hand with this dish. We love lamb at our house, though we don’t have it often.. I would hope that my meal looks just like your when it’s finished but for some reason it rarely turns out that way!

    Sylvia — Sunday 7th March 2010 4:48 pm

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