Saturday, August 4, 2012

Nothing says home like a lamb roast

It's good to be home back again.

...and nothing says home to me as much as a lamb roast in the oven, my kids playing in the garden and my husband pouring us a drink as the sun sets. The weather is very mild at the moment with sunny days that are slowly getting longer. Sounds pretty idyllic, doesn't it!

Today has been lovely, our fruit and vegetable shopping at the organic markets this morning, a simple lunch in the sun at home, the afternoon was spent slowly unpacking from our trip to Eden and now I'm preparing dinner as Phil's sisters are coming.

Anyone who knows us, knows that we are big fans of roast lamb. I'll often de-bone and butterfly the leg and barbeque it or cook it stuffed with spinach, fetta and pinenuts.

However tonight I made a simple but delicious marinade from fresh garlic, lemon and rosemary from my garden and olive oil and will cook the leg of lamb in the oven with vegetables.  This is nothing flash, but it's quick, easy and very fresh; and best of all it's delicious.

Rosemary & Garlic Marinade
fresh garlic chopped finely
Fresh lemon juice
2 big stalks of rosemary, stemmed
2 tablespoons of Olive oil (I always use extra virgin)

Once you've smashed it all up in a mortar and pestle, smear it over your meat and pop it into the oven. One thing I love about lamb is that it's pretty impossible to stuff up. I love lamb cooked any way - roasted or grilled rare to well done, slow cooked, kebabs, casseroled or as cutlets. It's my favourite meat.

Next time you are doing a roast, try this marinade and let me know what you think.

What makes you feel good to be home again? (I love sleeping in my own bed also...)



  1. Sammy and I agree that eating dinner together around our own table makes us feel good to be home.
    Lamb is our fave too. One day Seanie can cook his special greek lamb roast for you!
    Enjoy your meal. Rachael xxx

  2. I agree, we do lamb at least once a week and my fave is a roast too.

    I will try your marinade one day, I slice the garlic cloves up into chunks and push them in the lamb - very yum!

  3. Couldn't agree more with your first paragraph, except lamb roast doesn't often fit within our budget, the price of it has got out of control (around $30 last time I looked?) compared to other options. We had a 4.5kg (HUGE!) pork leg roast last weekend and it cost $18. We were eating leftovers all week, lol! (Didn't bother me, I love meat). Last night's roast was a chicken, a bargain at $5. But yeah, as the sun sets, hubby pouring a drink, dinner in the oven, nibbling on some chips or a nibble platter, BLISS! The other thing that says HOME to me, are Saturday mornings where we all stay home (Geoff works every 2nd Sat morning), do a few jobs around the place, and actually stop and have morning tea together, usually cheese and tomato on crackers, and a cup of tea, in the sun on the front verandah. Simple things, aren't they, but always the best :)

    xx see you next week!

  4. I love everything about coming home - esp. if I tidied up before I left! ;-) Other places are great, but old age has given me problems with anxiety, and I just don't relax until I am home... I have always loved lamb, and often used fresh rosemary & garlic, but I NEVER thought about lemons. How is this possible? I grew up on a lemon ranch in California, and have inheirited a piece of it! I will try this and will likely find that the best things are right in front of you - if you can just find them!


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