Hallo, hallo, hallo. Been awhile since I’ve sat down and typed something other than tax figures. It’s been crazy working a lot of hours plus I hurt my hip again so an equal amount of hours have been spent horizontal. Boy, does that get boring! I thought I’d complete the injuring myself by slicing my thumb. Does that make me a real chef now? I’m hoping my streak of self-inflicted bad luck is at an end.
But this is all peanuts compared to how yesterday went. It ended with my sister being in a terrible accident while skiing. Now she will be all right but she has a good 6-8 weeks to heal. And quite frankly it could have gone in a direction that she wouldn’t be with us anymore. So we are counting our lucky stars she will be fine in the long run.
It struck me how closely we skate to the edge. It doesn’t take much. Which brings me to the way the day started. In our town it’s against the law to use skateboards, bicycles, and scooters on the sidewalk. Common sense on why but we’re stuck with the young guys whizzing about. I came out of a shop yesterday and almost got hit by a guy flying on a scooter. As I was thinking that it would really hurt if he knocked me down I see him go flying over the bonnet of a car. The driver was completely shocked, there wasn’t any way she would have seen him. Luckily she wasn’t going very fast as she just turned onto that road. Then he’s complaining about it being the third time being hit! But he wasn’t hurt. This is what drives me crazy. My sister isn’t rash, uses common sense and gets badly hurt. The idiot who is rash, does dumb things, and gets hits repeatedly brushes off and goes about his way. There are times where it’s hard to not think life is grossly unfair.
Definitely looking for the luck of the Irish this week. It was just my husband and me for St Patrick’s Day and I wanted to make a special meal in honour of it. Which means no corned beef and cabbage! You’d think that is the only Irish food given the way social media lit up with corned beef and cabbage. And I really don’t like that particular dish so I decided to roast lamb. I took my inspiration from the cookbook The Irish Isle by Sharon O’Connor. Her recipe is called Noisettes of Lambe with Sorrel-Mint Cream Sauce. I chose this before I found out sorrel is impossible to find so I had to adjust a bit.
I found a lovely piece of lamb to roast.
Pre heat the oven to 425F/220C. In a skillet heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil. Season the lamb with sea salt and pepper. Sear all sides of the lamb. In the roasting pan add a few sprigs of rosemary, a tablespoon of olive oil, and a few splashes of dry white wine.
Roast until it is medium rare or until you achieve the desired doneness. Meanwhile in the skillet add about 3/4 cup of chopped onion. Let the onion soften a bit then add a 1/3 cup of the dry white wine, a tablespoon of dry vermouth, and a cup of homemade chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and start reducing. Take a handful of fresh mint and chiffonade into thin strips. Add to the sauce.
Allow the sauce to reduce by a third to a half. Once the lamb is finished have it rest for about 10 minutes. Just before the dinner is to be served add about 1/3 cup of heavy cream and the drippings from the roasted lamb to the sauce.
Slice the lamb and serve with the sauce. As a treat for my husband I sauteed Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes to go with the lamb.
What a crazy week but we are so grateful that my sister will recover and for all the nuttiness that can happen in life that is the most important bit.