Mar. 22nd, 2009

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1. Wet Dog Beer, specially brewed by [ profile] silentclarity, is rather delicious.

2. I want to try brewing now. I've already decided on a name of the brand. "Disgusting."

3. I'm cooking Roast Leg of Lamb with Goat Cheese and Potatoes Boulangère. I'll post the recipe later.

4. Che is playing at the Hollywood Theater. It's 4 hours long and I can't tell you how excited about that film I am. Soderberg routinely kicks ass.
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Roast Lamb with Goat Cheese


* 5-6lb leg of lamb, boned and butterflied
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
* Olive oil, for drizzling
* Large handful of mint leaves
* Firm goats cheese, (such as Crottin), half frozen
* 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
* Few sprigs of rosemary
* Mint and lemon vinaigrette
* 6 tbsp olive oil
* Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
* Zest and juice of 1 lemon
* Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and put a roasting tray in the oven.

2. Put the lamb on a board and open it out. Season with salt and pepper and rub all over with olive oil. Scatter the inside with the fresh mint leaves, rubbing the leaves into the meat.

3. Take the goats cheese from the freezer and using a microplain, grate it over the mint leaves, followed by the garlic.

4. Roll the joint up and over to form a nice long sausage shape, tucking the ends in, if needed. Secure the joint in place with kitchen string at 3-4cm intervals. Tuck some rosemary sprigs under the knots of string around the lamb.

5. Take the preheated baking tray out off the oven, scatter with a few more sprigs of rosemary then sit the lamb on

top. Season once more and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes.

6. Reduce the temperature to 375 and continue to roast, allowing 20 minutes per pound, basting every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest. To serve, cut into thick slices and serve with mint and lemon vinaigrette.

7. For the vinaigrette pour the olive oil into a small mixing bowl. Add the mint and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in lemon juice to taste, until emulsified. Check for seasoning then drizzle over the lamb to serve.

Potatoes Boulangère


* 1 can chicken stock
* 1 sprig thyme
* 2 sprigs rosemary
* 2 crushed cloves of garlic
* 2 large onions, peeled and sliced
* 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and finely sliced, on a mandolin if possible
* Olive oil
* Salt and Pepper

1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil and infuse with thyme, rosemary and crushed garlic cloves. Strain before use.

2. Gently sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil until softened and lightly colored.

3. Rub an oven proof dish with olive oil and layer the onions followed by the potatoes, repeating until the dish is full finishing with a final layer of potato. Make sure to season each layer as you go.

4. Pour over the stock until it comes 2/3rds of the way up the dish. Press down on the mixture to help the liquid absorb and finally drizzle a little olive oil on top.

5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 20 - 25 minutes or until soft and golden on top.


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