Monday, 29 December 2014

Post Christmas Slump

Well that's over for another year then.

We had a great time at Amy and Harry's over the holiday, and managed to leave Nottingham just before it started snowing.


We had so much good food, Harry's Parents brought cake, we took a cheesecake, Saffron Buns and bread,

and Amy provided Turkey, Gammon and a superb Beef Wellington, washed down with plenty of Xmas cheer and all the trimmings.

Elsa was the star of the show, naturally,

Not only that we got to talk to George on Christmas Day as we opened our presents, she had cooked a feast for the staff and customers at the roadhouse, and enjoyed a swim with her pet cow Rachel,

I was given a pasta machine so I'm looking forward to using that in the coming months.

Back home, we wanted a simple meal, I found a half price leg of lamb and decided to slow cook it with garlic.

Basically you heat the oven to max and rub the lamb with olive oil and garlic,

than put it in a casserole and place it in the centre of the oven.Immediately turn the oven down to 160 degrees.
Baste every hour, after five its probably done but check that it falls apart before you stop cooking.

Pull the meat off the bones with a couple of forks and use the juices in your gravy.

I also made some Sourdough, using my Wholemeal starter and White flour, I started them on Saturday evening and baked on Sunday after the Lamb was finished. Maybe not as aerated as the purists would like, but these are for sandwiches so a closer crumb is preferable.

After the Roast Lamb yesterday, we will be having pulled Lamb with Apricots, Almonds and Cous-Cous today, as normality returns.

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