Well isn't this a great way to spend a Saturday! I'm so pleased you arrived here safely, and whether you came via Jacky or Deb's blog or just an accidental visit - please step inside and join the party. If you came via Jacky, she's got a fab new kitchen so I'm afraid mine will seem a bit tatty by comparison! Anyhow, you've had a couple of hours on the motorway, you must be tired and thirsty, come in and join me for a glass of wine and welcome to my home!
I hope you're feeling hungry, as I've cooked my favourite dish, slow roasted shoulder of lamb with a garnish of pomegranate seeds and mint. It's as delicious served with hot accompaniments or with salad and shhhh don't tell anyone but it's super-easy to make. My recipe is a variation on Nigella Lawson's, but before I share the details, take a look and have a little sample taste and tell me what you think
To serve 6 - 8 as a main course
1 shoulder of lamb (approx 2 1/2 kg)
4 shallots, halved
6 cloves of garlic
I carrot peeled and halved
500ml boiling water
Sprinkle of sea salt
Seeds of a pomegranate and small handful of chopped mint leaves for garnish
Preheat oven to 170 degrees/Gas mark 3
On the hob, brown the lamb, fat side down in a large roasting tin just until the skin is browned along the middle. Set this aside while you briefly fry the onion/carrot/garlic.
Sprinkle them with salt and then put the lamb (fat side up this time) on top of them and pour the boiling water around it. Cover the pan with foil and put in the oven.
Now you more or less forget about it for five hours, just checking it now and again to see if you need to top up with a little more water. I top it up at least once during the time.
About half an hour before you want to eat, take the meat out of the oven and let it rest on a carving board.
Then take two forks and just shred the meat into a serving dish. It will totally fall away from the bone, there will be no carving involved! Scatter pomegranate seeds and mint on top and serve. What could be easier?
I hate to hurry you along but Ginger will be waiting for you, over at http://gingerslifeofspice.blogspot.com/ and you have quite a journey ahead of you, all the way to Canada. How lucky that Stansted Airport is just 20 minutes drive from here! Be sure to pop into World of Duty Free when you are there and see my son doing his weekend job in 'Wines and Spirits'!
A recap of all participants:
Drinks/AppetizersDeb @ PaperTurtle – http://paperturtle.blogspot.com
Rinda @ Gallo Organico – http://gallorganico.blogspot.com/
Beverly @ BE glorious - http://beglorious.blogspot.com/
Soups/SaladsAlison @ Life in the Slow Lane – http://alisonslife-in-the-slow-lane.blogspot.com/
Fiona @ Staring at the Sea – http://fiona-staringatthesea.blogspot.com/
Amy @ Over at our Place - http://overatourplace.blogspot.com/
DishesThe “Not So” Small One
@ From High in the Sky – http://fromhighinthesky.blogspot.com/
@ Scrappy Jacky - http://scrappyjackylive.blogspot.com/
Deb @ Deb’s World – http://debs14.blogspot.com/
Ginger’s Life of Spice - http://gingerslifeofspice.blogspot.com/
Karen @ Tales from the Scrapheap - http://talesfromthescrapheap.blogspot.com/
Karen @ Random Reflections - http://kbwalker.blogs.com/random_relfections/
Ruth @ Everyday Life of a Suburban SAHM - http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com/
DessertsStephanie @ La Dolce Vita - http://dreamingladolcevita.blogspot.com/
@ Chatty Crafty Arty Pig - http://chattycraftyartypig.blogspot.com/
Margaret @ Finnegan Begin Again – http://margaretfinnegan.blogspot.com/
Becca @ La Jolie Fleur Rouge - http://lajoliefleurrouge.blogspot.com/
Rhona @ Life in General - http://rhonacs-lifeingeneral.blogspot.com/
Cheri @ Scrap Dreams - http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com/
Carrie @ Rosalind Revival – http://www.rosalindrevival.com/