When it's cold outside light food isn't what your body craves.
The body craves comfort food, whole food that will fill and warm you up and allow you to forget what's going on outside.
Yet while heavier comfort definitely has it's place I can't eat it every day.
Often I find myself wanting simple food that will do the trick and fill me up but not so much that I start feeling as lardy as the pigs fattening in the farmyard across the road.
I love lamb although for some reason it's incredibly expensive what live (in the Pyrenees) and for that reason when I do get it I want to taste it and not "cook it's legs off".
Simple is what I like and simple is how lamb should be eaten.
Lamb is a delicate meat, especially the cutlets, and overcooking just looses the incredible taste that the meat brings.
If you feel the need to cremate your meat use a less expensive cut, like shoulder that can withstand longer cooking times.
This dish has a mixture of simple and light (lamb) with incredible light flavours (lemon) married with hearty, yet light, Tuscan style beans.
It's a quick and easy dish that leaves you satisfied, not wanting more but with the ability to move afterwards.
There's chili in this dish but not much. I find that the chili goes really well with the lemon and herbs but just gives it a little something else. If you prefer a slightly more traditional flavour you can leave the chili out.
If you like more of a creamy texture then you can always add a couple of tablespoons of creme fraiche to the beans just before serving.
Finally, this is a "one pot dish" so there's only one cooking vessel involved. It's simple and easy - perfect for the lazy washer upper like me!