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September 2009

Lamb Shawarma - a tasty treat

By Filiz Thayer


Here's a recipe that is a great dish for casual entertaining.


1.5 lbs boneless lamb

3 Tbsp plain yogurt

1 Tbsp tomato paste

½ Tbsp hot sauce

1 teaspoon  salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cardamon


Cut the lamb into bite size pieces. Mix the rest of the ingredients well and  pour over the lamb. Mix all and let marinate for about 6 hours. Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes and either serve over rice or make sandwiches with pocket pita bread, lettuce, tomato, and onion.  Enjoy.

Blackbelt Daniel Thayer breaks leg, out for remainder of 2009

Daniel thayer knifehand IOWA CITY, IA. -- First degree blackbelt Daniel Thayer broke his leg during a Tae Kwon Do demonstration on Saturday.  The injury will prevent him from entering any tournaments for the remainder of the year.

Thayer, 13, was performing a jumping double front kick where he reached a height over 6 feet in the air and successfully kicked through his target board, but his landing resulted in a broken leg.  He was immediately taken to the University Of Iowa Hospitals for treatment.  Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.

Representing Kang's Martial Arts Academy in Coralville, Thayer is a member of the academy's performance team known as 'SWAT'.  The team demonstrates Olympic-style sparring, special skills and various kicks in performing around the local community.  They were doing a demonstration on Saturday in Iowa City's Ped Mall when Thayer was injured.

Practicing Tae Kwon Do for over five years, Thayer recently medaled at a national tournament in Chicago, earning a silver and a bronze. The young blackbelt is looking forward to a successful recovery and the 2010 event season.