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The lamb tonight is really simple. It was roasted very hot for 20 minutes while rubbed in olive oil, salt and pepper. Then, you put in whole cloves of garlic with pierced skins and sprigs of rosemary and seal it very tightly with several layers of aluminum foil and turn the temperature down to a moderate oven for two hours. After than you pour in a cup of chicken broth and turn the temperature back up to a hot oven for 15 minutes. You can squeeze the garlic out of the skins onto the lamb.
I’m steaming some cabbage and I’m baking acorn squash sprinkled with curry.
Lady Hawke, I cook a half shoulder of lamb in a very similar way, and have a wonderful sauce recipe if you’re interested…..I use veg stock after cooking, but your chicken broth will work just as well. Remove the lamb, and skim off most of the fat. Scrape all the cooked flavours from the bottom of the roasting tin. Squeeze in the roasted garlic. Bubble on the stove top, mixing in a tbsp of flour, or make a roux if there is a danger the flour will go lumpy. Add a tbsp of red wine vinegar and some finely chopped fresh mint. Yummy.
I also picked up a half leg of lamb on sale when I picked up the shanks. I’m not sure when I’ll cook it. My DS would love the fresh mint in the sauce.
I have been at the other castle to check on things. Funny I don’t write at CC anymore because I have trouble finding anything there. Comments are hard for me to find too.
The snow is finally melted but the ground is overly wet. I hope it doesn’t snow or rain anytime soon. The ground needs time to rest.
Lady Hawke Hope your family gets their affairs in order so you can have some free time to yourself without so much worry. I have never cooked lamb. I have only eaten it once at a Greek restaurant in a sandwich form. It has a name but I can’t think what it is called right now. Enjoyed seeing how both you and Asti cooked your lamb.
Asti Glad things turned out ok for your son at the doctor appointment. It seems everyone is going for appointments lately.
We are home for the day. The daughter is having a friend over and we may play cards.
Tonight we are cooking on a raclette, a table top grill and everyone will cook their own dinners to their own taste. I will have some beef sirloin, pork steak, chicken, yellow squash, zucchini, onion and mushrooms available to be cooked. I will have some cheeses to be melted and maybe some rice to drop the cooked meat and veggies on.
We’ve had a super day. For Christmas, we all received money from my parents. DS and kids decided to spend some of their money on tickets to see their football team play today. I went with them to the city, and Mum and Dad we able to travel to meet me for the afternoon.
Their team won!!!
Me, Mum and Dad had a lovely relaxed afternoon, and I drank SO MUCH coffee I need to be scraped off the ceiling.
Knowing we would be late back, (terrible traffic getting out of the city,) I’d made a batch of my carrot and ginger soup, which went down very well for all of us, cold football fans and over hyped coffee mums alike!
All this talk about food. I made quesadillas but it doesn’t sound as delicious as the lamb. I would never be brave enough to purchase a lamb. I have no idea how to cook it. I rather bake. :) I can be brave with any baking recipe. :)
I made a rice pudding. :)
After a very pleasant day’s weather yesterday, we now have a grey blanket of cloud so it seems like the ending of the day at 1.30pm:( It is not conducive to cheerfulness.
Last night I decided that I was ready to re-read A Discovery of Witches, and its sequel, Shadow of Night to be ready for the final book which will be released in July. I read the first chapter just before I retired to bed, and found that I slipped back very easily into the story.
Asti I was pleased to hear the outcome of your son’s visit to the hospital and the reassurance of continued support. On the topic of lamb, I am not a lover of roast lamb but I made lamb stew last week which lasted us for three days.
I’m home doing laundry. I have to cook some of the leftover meats and veggies from our raclette last night. Mostly, I’m viewing it as a “non cook” day. We have plenty of food that is already cooked and available to eat. So, I have no meal deadlines to meet today.
I also have to take down the Christmas Tree. Epiphany came and went this week. My grandmother’s birthday came and went this week. As you can imagine this tree does not take itself down in one day, just as it didn’t put itself up in one day. So, I’m glad I don’t have the preparation of food as an additional stress for the day. It is bad enough I ignored the laundry yesterday.
So, I’ll be working on dismantling the tree and doing laundry.
I went outside and talked to my neighbor across the street for probably an hour. As you can tell we haven’t talked since it has gotten cold.
I am currently doing nothing but reading. I need to start cleaning up some of the clutter. There are things that I took out of the safety box and left on the counter to make sure I was done. They need to be put back in the safety box.
I went back outside and backed my truck in the driveway. You know how much trouble I have backing up now but I parked it in the same spot as if I had driven in. Will wonders ever cease? Now it will probably come a big snow storm again since it is no longer parked beside the road.
Had a quiet day today. DS and daughter went out on a bike ride, DS looking ridiculous on son’s BMX, lol! In the early evening, they watched Dead Poet’s and I hid in our bedroom with a book for the duration…………I saw it aged 18, cried for about 4 days, and have never been able to watch it again. Superb film.
I got an email from Wolfie; her new job seems pretty much as stressy as the one she has just left, BUT, Book 2 is almost ready in draft form, and she will be sending it to me to read soon. Squeeee.
MM, I made rice pudding tonight. It followed a roast chicken. Croissants were on offer in the spermarket, so we had those midmorning.
Graymayne, I am not a fan of roasted leg of lamb, or lamb chops…….I am supremely fussy about the fat, and hatehatehate it. But the cheaper cuts, the shoulder, shank and the casserole cuts, that you ccok for hours so they just melt and fall apart, are just delicious.
And I agree. Today was dismal.
Asti Good news about Wolfie’s second book:)
I’ve watched two Hercule Poirot plays today and finished with the last of this season’s Sherlock episodes. Now I’m going to relax with ADoW, (see above).
I have all the ornaments off the tree and packed in boxes. It took about six hours of steady work to remove the ornaments. The tree itself will probably stand until next weekend when we will have time to drag it up to the attic. At least it looks like I have made the Herculean effort of “deChristmasing” my house.
I finally handed the offer on the house across the street to the owner a few minutes ago. Now we have to wait and see if he brings it back signed or with lots of counters which we have to consider and address.
My father is not doing well at the apartment, too much struggle with the carpet, and he is becoming depressed. I hope we can make this house move quickly.
Tomorrow I’m going to the doctor with my DS to discuss alternatives. Tuesday I will go to the same doctor with my father for a procedure. I hope the procedure helps my father and he will be more himself.
Some other kind of games will be playing instead, won’t they? Aren’t they playing basketball now? Do you only watch football?
Not a fan of Baseball or Basketball. Golf and NASCAR will fill the void most of the time.
Die Hard! All time favorite. :)
Back to work tomorrow. I had a good day and now I’m glad to be in bed.
If we can get through this week with no snow days off from school we will have a three day weekend. I could use a three day weekend.
MM, we watched Die Hard With A Vengeance last night. We sat down too late to watch the first one.
We went to the doctor today, my DS and I. The doctor recommends some repeated blood tests over the next year and the big test repeated next year. Otherwise, unless things change just leave everything alone.
Work has been awesome. I really enjoy the buzz and fuzz of the office. I like being busy. My day goes so fast. I would miss it so much if I were to retire early. :/
It’s raining again…..sigh.
I made chicken risotto tonight, with peas and spinach and lots of lovely parmesan that made it all gooey and delicious. Daughter loved it too.
MM, it’s so nice to hear your lovely comments about your job. You’re always so positive!
Lady Hawke, that is good news.
I am sitting here resting but I need to go dry my hair. I have to go to doctors tomorrow early so will not have time to wash it. I went outside and moved the truck back up close to the road. It is suppose to snow again tonight. Not much accumulation but probably enough so I won’t be able to make it over the nump at the end of driveway. I have the hump because the gravel has washed away from the paved road and there is a slope to my driveway. When I am parked next to the fense, I just have to drive straight without going up a slope.
I don’t know why I have to go to the doctors. I’ll probably have to do bloodwork to see how the changes in my meds are doing. The bad thing is I have to change one meds again. The insurance is no longer carring it so it has to be changed. The last time I had to change meds was because the pharmacies around this area stopped carring the medicine. It took a long time for the insurance peole to realize this. I finally had them call my pharmacist so he could tell them no one was carring this med any more. I hope I don’t have as much trouble with the doc to make him understand my insurance won’t cover one med. I am taking a copy of meds they do carry so he can make his choice from the list. He probably won’t like it. This is the doctor who changed my chlosterol meds as soon as my levels were in acceptable limits. Then had to up the percription because my levels were higher. I told him it was not enought ML for me but new doctors don’t listen. I personally think he changes things so I have to come back in 3 months to see how I am doing.
I’ve been deep in my book quite a chunk of the day but I did make some turkey meatballs using minced turkey thigh meat from our supermarket. I looked up recipes on the web for this, but became frustrated by the variety of methods used. I stumbled through the process with the help of my DS, and while the result was not perfect it was edible and tasty. I deliberately avoided making a tomato sauce for the meatballs with spaghetti I was making, convinced that the flavour of the turkey would be overwhelmed. I chose to make one using thinly sliced onion, button mushrooms, frozen peas and a chicken stock gravy with added extra thick double cream. I had added dried basil and oregano to the mince, the same herbs I have traditionally used with our favourite sausage stuffing used as a side dish with turkey. I smiled smugly when my DS exclaimed that the flavour reminded him of Xmas. Yes, job done!
Back to the book.
It did not snow last night but as I was leaving this morning, I saw snowflakes. By the time I got out of the hospital it was really coming down. I got there this morning in time to fill out all the paperwork befor my appointment. They did not have a record of my appointment. There computers were not working completely. Luckily I had my appointment card so they did take me. I had a 2 hour wait. I would have left but I needed my med changed. I am never fasting before I go there again. Especially when he said I did not need to get blood work done. Strange. My other doctor always sent me for bloodwork to see if my levels were going down.
There is about an inch or more of snow on ground now. I meant to go to the grocery store but decided I needed to get home more. My wipers were not working at first. I did not sleep well last night. I am always afraid I will over sleep when I have an early appointment.
Graymayne That sounds delicious.