Monday, May 21, 2012

A fig or two and some lamb

I have had a couple of figs on my small tree that I planted a couple of years ago.  I am always pleased when I can get a new tree through the summer without it dying of thirst or heat exhaustion.  There are lots of things in the veggie garden at the moment..

Garlic shooting

Baby brussel sprouts
I think it is time for the tomatoes to come out..
I planted some horseradish a few months ago so I dug some up to see how it was going..
Once peeled you can put them in the food processor and chop finely with a couple of tablespoons of water before adding some vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to make a sauce consistency.  I honestly do not know how anyone did this before the advent of the food processor because when you whizz it it is so pungent that it stings your eyes.  It seems to settle down when you add the vinegar.  Can't wait to have some roast beef to try it.
As you can see it is still pretty dry here.  We really need another rain before winter sets in.

Rams resting from active duty
The Humble Shepherd (husband...self-titled) says I don't have enough lamb recipes on here.  It was the purpose of the blog in the first place, but I seem to get distracted with other things.  I needed to use the last of the quince harvest so I did this:
I marinated a well seasoned and butterflied leg of lamb in
2 tblsp pomegranate molasses
2 tblsp olive oil
1 teasp ground cumin
a crushed clove of garlic
for a couple of hours.  Peeled and cored a quince and cut it into eighths.  Put that in the baking dish and placed the lamb on top.
I  roasted it in the roasting oven of the Aga (about 200c)  for about 1 1/4 hours.  The pomegranate molasses can get a bit scorched so it would be best to turn the oven down to 180c after about 15 minutes.  If it is getting dark you can cover it with some foil.   After spooning off the fat, I deglazed the pan with a spoonful of quince jelly.  Serve the quinces on top of the lamb.


  1. The lamb looks great lambchops............I am a little partial to horseradish, so I will be very interested to see how it turns out!!