We hadn’t seen a friend of ours (an old neighbour) for a while, and we still had half a bottle of Pimms in the pantry that he had bought up on his last visit!
We seemed to be having a good run of weather so we thought it was time to invite him round for Pimms and a bit of decent nosh.
We decided to do slow roasted lamb, Middle Eastern style with Turkish salad, Tzatziki, ‘Ome Made Chilli Sauce and pitta breads.
I started the lamb off in the oven but finished it off in the smoker which gives it an incredible flavour. There’s a video on the Blog and You Tube (OmeMadeByUs) of me preparing the lamb (if you want a chuckle!)
We also had lots of Pimms which was great because we had plenty of fresh Borage leaves and flowers to put in (so much better than cucumber!)
So here’s the recipe for the lamb;
Slow Roasted Lamb Middle Eastern Style
1 x whole shoulder of lamb (leg works as well, but I prefer shoulder for slow cooking, you could also get a half shoulder but the leftover meat is great to use in other dishes)
Marinade (don’t be scared to experiment with these ingredients, they’re only a rough guide)
garlic 3 – 6 cloves (depending on taste) finely chopped/crushed
ginger – 1 inch piece finely chopped
chilli powder 1-4 teaspoons (again depends on taste)
Cumin powder 3 teaspoons
cinnamon 1 teaspoon
all spice/pimento 1 teaspoon
dried mint 1 teaspoon
lots of black pepper (grind until it hurts!)
Juice from a lemon (and zest) or two table spoons bottled lemon juice
1 tablespoon oil (I tend to use olive for this but anything goes)
Mix all the marinade ingredients together (you can use ready bought Ras el hanout mix instead of the individual spices if you want).
Slash the meat with a sharp knife so the flavours penetrate the meat and then rub in the marinade… vigorously! Go on slap it on! The meat would benefit from being left in the marinade overnight if you have chance to prepare the dish a day in advance.
Put the meat in a roasting pan with a couple tablespoons of water and then cover tightly with tin foil (it’s sometimes a good idea to use two pieces)
Put in the oven at 165 C/330 F to be ready after 6 hours or 145 C/290 F to be ready after 8 hours (either way you could leave it for a couple hours longer and it will still be fine).
This is a great dish to do if you are out for the day or at work and you want to come in to have something practically ready to eat!
This has to be one of our household favourite meals. It’s like an up-market kebab! I don’t remember having Pimms before my late night kebab when I was younger though!
Friends food sun, nothing better, eating alfresco listening to the chickens and ducks.
A memorable summer day, that smoked lamb was scrumptious, see you all soon Pete.
Cheers Pete. looks like the Pimms weather has passed now though 🙁
still can look forward to mulled wine!