This was the very best leg of lamb we have ever had! Was it the Lebanc lamb? Probably a good part of our success can be attributed to a great product, but interestingly the recipe we tried, from Jamie Oliver, had a much reduced cooking time than any other recipe we have tried over the years.
The lamb was so tender and juicy! It was cooked over the potatoes and seasoned with a lovely combination of rosemary and garlic. Home made mint sauce completed our dish.
Many thanks to Krista Hanley for cooking the lamb this week! It was superb. I can't wait for more lamb to hit the shelves of the Co-op in October!
The next few weeks, if you are looking for a date for Supper Club, call me, message me, e-mail me. Though the calendar may not show availability, there may be dates available…I am awaiting news that will take me out of town for a wee bit, but until then….get in touch with me, we'll see if there's an open date.
Teachers are getting classrooms ready, the gardens are bursting (though not mine..not this year), and summer is winding down.
September always feels more like the beginning of a new year to me than the calendar turnings of January. Maybe because life settles down into gentle routine after the chaos of summer, or maybe my love of the harvest and the coziness of "putting up" for the winter makes me feel centred at home? The weather is usually warm, but not overly so, and the nights are cool enough to encourage snuggling. Whatever the reason it is a time of year I love.
This year the CSC calendar is blacked out for a while, as I need time to take of a few personal things. Don't worry. This is temporary and I am very much looking forward to a fun-filled winter. In the mean time I hope this winter to share some great new recipes and maybe a new set-up as well. It's very exciting!
Moving forward, I have been testing wine glasses and I am very happy to tell you about Schott Zwiesel.
I have been trying to find a wine glass that I liked; only one. My house is so small that I have decided a single glass was going to have to stand for all wines. I just don't have the room, or quite frankly the budget, to own more. After settling on a Burgundy glass as "the one" I set out to find a glass that would not break easily. I have spent the last ten years breaking at least a glass a month!
Schott Zwiesel glasses contain titanium! Wow! And when smacked against the corner of the counter don't crack, break, shatter or chip. Fantastic. They are also beautiful. Wine Spectator agrees. A little, tiny, bit more expensive than the glasses I have previously bought on a semi-annual basis, I hold hope these glasses will grace the table for a long time.
Not to be one to stick to the purely practical…I am lusting after these cocktail glasses as well….
I've been on holiday for a wee bit now, and while on holiday I have been immensely enjoying trying new recipes. In fact, the cooking seems to gather momentum as the days trail on, and I love it! I am also very lucky to have friends that enjoy being in the kitchen as much as I do, and so there are many hands to knives.
We started with a burger-off, and I very happy to announce that finally our shark-like, self effacing "underdog" did not win. My team won! Hurrah! We made an Indochine burger that totally rocked. It was a hands down winner. We have not stopped talking about this burger, and it will certainly be a favourite go to recipe for years to come.
Here's the winning recipe - Grilled Pork Burgers Indochine. We served them on pretzel buns, and enjoyed very much the chew of the bun with the juicy pork. I think the sturdy bun helped hold it all together.
Our competitors served Home-made Big Macs, and Sweet Sausage Burgers with blue cheese and sweet onions.
Beyond the usual BBQ and picnic fare, we have been enjoying Muffuletta sandwiches smeared with an olive salad. I love the Muffuletta for it's ability to stand up to hours of neglect. It is a sandwich that is pressed flat with weights, and so full of meat and cheese that it packs and travels well.
I am still in love with the recipes of Ottolenghi, and because I have good friends that will ship Middle Eastern spices and condiments to me, we have also been slowly making our way through his three cookbooks. Last night we tried meatballs that reminded me of kibbeh, and a rose and pistachio rice pudding.
Though very tasty, the meatball dish was a bit forgettable, and I think the fiffy-faffy work would keep me from making them again, but the rice pudding was lovely.
Tonight, a second attempt at crispy peking duck…and maybe by next week there will be a few new menu items. I have also just learned that day lilies are completely edible, from flower to root….watch for daylily salads with candied walnuts...
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! The weather certainly is continuing to be wonderful.