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Roast Lamb with Lentils


I made this lamb dish a few weeks ago as a midweek meal then forgot to write down what I did. Now I can’t remember precisely enough to type it up properly! It was bloody delicious though. Roast lamb shoulder on a bed of puy lentils with pancetta, onion and cumin. I roasted the lamb with some garlic and rosemary. Then boiled the lentils according to the packet, drained them then chucked them into a frying pan with some onion that I fried until just brown and some crispy pancetta pieces. I seasoned the whole lot quite heavily and also added some cumin for flavour.

To be honest it probably doesn’t need a precisely measured recipe. It’s simple and tasted amazing.

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Recipe, Thoughts

Lamb with aubergine sauce


Before I went on holiday I bought a new recipe book. I think I’ve built up a decent repertoire of skills and can execute a recipe pretty well now; especially after starting the blog almost a year ago. However there are a few things I really could improve. Like sauces. So when I saw someone recommend Michel Roux’s Sauces as being just about the perfect book on the subject I immediately added it to my shopping listk. Continue reading “Lamb with aubergine sauce”

Food and drink

Garlic and rosemary lamb chops


I know this is very similar to another post I made recently, but I don’t care. This version is massive improvement.

Last time I just threw some rosemary at thyme at the gravy after pan-frying the chops and hoped I’d get a superb meal at the end of it. That tactic almost worked but there was definitely room for improvement. This time I decided I needed more firepower. The small arms fire of rosemary and thyme are all very good but they need some heavy weapons backing them up. I reached for garlic, anchovies and a roasting tin. Continue reading “Garlic and rosemary lamb chops”

Food and drink

Lamb Chops in Rosemary Gravy


Ah lamb. I love lamb. Tragically, I don’t get to eat nearly enough of it but a recent knee injury has resulted in a couple of my evenings being freed from the iron grip of training. So instead of beans on toast twice a week, I’ve got more time to do something a bit more substantial.

As on those nights when I’m away we do our own thing for tea anyway I don’t feel like I’m being especially unsociable by using last night’s opportunity to cook a couple of lamb chops. Continue reading “Lamb Chops in Rosemary Gravy”

Food and drink

Braised lamb shank


I really, really love lamb. In terms of favourite foods it’s right up there, shining bright at number 1 on my list. Chops are great and roast leg of lamb is wonderful but I absolutely love braised lamb shank. It’s slow, patient cooking that has such a deep reward of the strong lamb. Tender and moist from being bathed in a lot of red wine for 2 or 3 hours. The flesh just falls off the bone and the gravy… oh the gravy! Continue reading “Braised lamb shank”