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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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Rosemary meatballs in tomato sauce

I set aside a load of time yesterday for my first attempt at making my own beef stock. Unfortunately my plan was scuppered by Morrison’s not having any bones left (they had some in the morning apparently) and the butchers being closed due to illness. I had the time to spare so it would be a shame not to spend it cooking something. We have a flourishing rosemary bush in the garden and there was some good mince on the shelf in front of me which made think that meatballs would be a good idea. Continue reading “Rosemary meatballs in tomato sauce”

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Homemade tapenade on freshly baked bread

Here I go with another holiday inspired post! Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll get sick of these soon and return to normal service.

One of my favourite things that I brought back from Nice (part 2 of that report is coming soon by the way) was two jars of tapenade. Now I love anchovies, olives and capers and will happily take any opportunity to combine the three in some kind of food. Be that in pasta sauce or on top of pizza. Mushing them all up in a paste to spread on toast? That’s definitely a concept I can get into. Continue reading “Homemade tapenade on freshly baked bread”

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Chicken in parmesan and herb breadcrumbs

Here’s a quick post that’s a little bit more seasonal than the last one! Chicken breasts in some Italian influenced breadcrumbs. Continue reading “Chicken in parmesan and herb breadcrumbs”

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Haggis, neeps and barley risotto – when good ideas go bad

It all started because Oliver at Salad Days, Offal Nights made a St George risotto using English ingredients (which seemed to contain mostly leeks!?). That’s a good idea I thought so I started thinking about a St Andrews version.

Neeps (swedes) would work quite well with the barley and my first thought was to roast some small joint of lamb or venison to go with the risotto. Then I remembered about the haggis in the freezer. Continue reading “Haggis, neeps and barley risotto – when good ideas go bad”

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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”

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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”