Recipe: Mediterranean Lamb Chops

Story by: Gavin Craig

Eight thick-cut lamb loin chops, two per person. Altogether, they should weigh approximately two pounds.

½ Teaspoon of ground cumin

½ Teaspoon of coriander

One teaspoon of oregano

¼ Teaspoon of red pepper flakes

½ Teaspoon of salt

Three cloves of thinly sliced garlic

¾ Cups of red wine vinegar

¾ Cups of extra virgin olive oil

Salt

Pepper

Prep time: 4 ½ hours (Including 4 hours to marinate).

Cooking time: 8 to 12 minutes.

This dish is relatively simple to make. There is very little that could go wrong, and much of how you make it will depend on your personal preferences.

The first step in preparing these lamb chops is making a flavorful marinade. To do this, mix the vinegar, oil, garlic and spices in a large bowl.

Once you have finished the marinade, add the lambchops and place the bowl in the refrigerator.

Let them marinate for 4-8 hours or overnight depending on when you plan on eating them.

The final step is a no-brainer. Put the skillet on top of a hot stove and wait for it to heat up. When the pan is hot enough, you will be able to hear the lamb chops sizzle when you put them in the skillet. Cooking them at a higher setting will a create a sear that will seal in the juices of the meat. This same technique works well with steaks. The lamb chops should cook for 8-12 minutes depending on your own preferences. As a general guideline, cooking them for around four minutes on each side will give you a nice medium-rare.

I served this dish with a vegetable risotto but for a simple alternative, I would recommend serving the lamb chops with quinoa and a salad with a light vinaigrette. This recipe should serve four people.

AC/DC can still “Play Ball”

Story by Gavin Craig, staff writer
Photo by Mackenzie Carpenter, staff photographer

AC-DC

Nothing lasts forever in life. This cold hard fact is especially true in the music industry, as one can see by looking at some of the popular artists of yesterday.

Band members such as the famed rock guitarist Slash and drummer Peter Criss have been replaced due to creative differences and petty feuds. Singers like Paul Stanley and Axl Rose have lost their famous singing voices after years of performing and drug usage.

These sorts of issues have a negative impact on a music group’s sound, which leads to mediocre albums and tarnished reputations for bands that once dominated the charts.

Remarkably, the Australian rock band AC/DC has not suffered this fate. While bands like Guns ‘n Roses, KISS, and Aerosmith have lost their touch, AC/DC is still going strong. They have endured the death of their original lead singer, Bon Scott, and have continued, or should I say, continue, to tour and release new albums even after 42 years.

They have remained popular and successful over the years despite constantly changing musical trends and demographics. They are without a doubt one of the best rock bands around today, and have been for much of their career. Why? Because they bear in mind the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality that so many rock bands have ignored.

AC/DC has stuck with the same powerful, unique style and sound for as long as they have been together. Their newest album, “Rock or Bust,” is a perfect example of both their sound and their commitment to it.

Released back in November, “Rock or Bust” can best be described as eleven tracks of the loud, bold, head-banging hard rock that AC/DC is famous for. The high point of the album, beyond the shadow of a doubt, is the song “Play Ball.” Guitarists Angus and Stevie Young provide a catchy and infectious melody that is complemented perfectly by lead singer Brian Johnson’s unique, raspy voice.

The following track, “Rock the Blues Away” wins big with this critic thanks to its upbeat lyrics, and “Dogs of War” and “Hard Times” have the slow, dark tempo that AC/DC has perfected over the years.

In short, “Rock or Bust” is an excellent album, and serves as a testament to AC/DC’s longevity and overall success.

 

“Unbroken” is broken

By Gavin Craig, staff writer

One of the typical filmmaker’s favorite things to do is to find an inspiring true story and bring it to theaters. Some of these films turn out great, and others just completely miss the mark. Sadly, the latter serves as a better description for the recently-released war drama film “Unbroken.”

The film tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Italian-American who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, served in World War II and spent time in a Japanese prison camp. This brief synopsis alone makes “Unbroken” sound like a thrilling movie with a great story, but there are a lot of things in between the lines that drag the entire film down.

For starters, Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell, was not an Olympic champion. He ran in one track event, finished eighth, and set a minorly important speed record. As for his time in World War II, he is only seen eating raw fish and birds from a life raft.The only remotely interesting part of the story comes when Zamperini is captured and sent to a Japanese prison camp. Here, we see the formation and evolution of the struggle between Zamperini and Mutsuhiro Watanabe, the Japanese corporal in charge of the prison camp.

Watanabe, played by Miyavi, is immensely envious of Zamperini’s status as an Olympic athlete, and sets out to punish him in every possible way. He eventually comes to respect Zamperini for both his physical and mental strength, but still seeks to break him, telling Zamperini that they could be friends if they were not on opposite sides of the war.

This forced me to wonder if Watanabe wanted to do what he was doing, or if he was just acting under the “just following orders” mentality, which raised questions in my head about war and what it does to those involved.

The entire ordeal, however, is grossly overshadowed by the endless scenes of Watanabe beating Zamperini with a heavy bamboo stick and torturing him in other ways, probably frustrated that he was unable to break the prisoners under his control.

The lessons that the film teaches about strength and perseverance are noteworthy, and the story between Zamperini and Watanabe is thought-provoking, but in the end, “Unbroken” is merely a disappointment.