Sometimes, I’ll inexplicably crave something odd and random. Usually, it comes from someone at work quoting something random, and then by word association, yadda yadda yadda, I end up cooking something out of the ordinary.
So today, a student asked something about people who “don’t eat no meat.” After correcting the grammatical error, I was thrown into a flash of this:
And suddenly, I had to make lamb. I’ve only ever cooked lamb twice, once was an accident many many years ago, and once was to make gyros. I’d never made a rack of lamb, or leg of lamb, or anything like that. But there I was, standing at the meat counter at our local Fresh Market, buying a beautiful boneless leg of lamb.
I brought it home and made an herb rub with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh marjoram and thyme, salt, pepper, and lemon rind. Ninety minutes at 400°F made for a delicious-smelling dinner.
In the same 400° oven, I roasted some brussels sprouts in one pan, and in another, peeled parsnips and apples. A quick puree with a tablespoon of butter made for a nutty and sweet side dish, slightly reminiscent of the amazing parsnip/apple puree we enjoyed at Chez Panisse. The color was off, but I think its just because I roasted the veggies.
Sorry about the lack of an actual recipe, but really, it was just procedure… and truly amazing smells and tastes!
And the lamb? It’s part of the reason that I’m not one who “doesn’t eat no meat.”
Now, I need to enlist your help: you’re all a bunch of intelligent people, and someone I know is in dire need of cheering up. Please use the comment section to tell your favorite funny story, tell your favorite joke (inappropriate as it may be!), share the link to a funny picture, whatever you may choose!