A F’Easter’ Weekend Ahead! – Well, we’ve now been given a small taste of freedom (and summer!) and we deserve a treat (or three!). There are lots of special offers in the supermarkets for meal deals, roasting joints and of course chocolate. Add to this the exceptional range of restaurant meal deliveries and meal kits now available, and we can enjoy an indulgent weekend of feasting for Easter and other bank holidays yet to come.
We normally enjoy roast lamb on Easter Sunday, but I thought this year we might liven things up with some Middle Eastern spices. I was inspired by a delicious recipe on the website Great British Chefs for Anna Hansen’s Roast Baharat and Lemon marinated lamb. Baharat is a lovely spice mix that’s widely used in Middle Eastern cuisine, and now, thankfully, widely available. It might be an excuse to take yourself down to your nearest Mediterranean/Middle Eastern supermarket and check out the wonderful array of spices and other products there! The lamb recipe can be found on the link here
There is another interesting lamb recipe currently being widely advertised on TV by Tesco and this can be found on the link here and it again uses Baharat.
So what are you going to drink with your lamb? You need something that will hold its own against the spices and I’d suggest a trip to your nearest branch of the Coop to buy some of the delicious 2019 Vina Leyda Reserva Syrah at £10 a bottle, (but currently on offer at just £8 until 6 April). Even at the normal price, it’s a bargain. This Chilean wine is a delicious example of a cold climate style Syrah, with lots of spicinesses, white pepper, floral notes (violets) and red acid fruit such as raspberries.
If the weather allows, we are, of course, now permitted to meet friends for socially distanced picnics (even in our own gardens!), so to celebrate you might like to treat yourself to a Michelin-starred picnic, courtesy of the Roux family via the Le Gavroche e-shop. For £62 you can indulge in some delicious delicacies in a box, made to Roux family recipes for home delivery across the UK. It sounds pretty wonderful and includes a selection of yummy things to enjoy with a crusty loaf. This limited availability box contains jars of Terrine d’Agneau épicé (spiced lamb terrine) and Rillettes de lapin (rabbit rillettes) made to Michel Roux Jr’s own recipes. Emily Roux’s richly indulgent chocolate and hazelnut concoction is also included. With the sourdough bread, a bottle of Le Gavroche’s rosé wine, you’re set for a pretty special feast! Order now for delivery on April 8th.