July is a month for joyful family events (namely our anniversary…) and all kinds of end of exams celebrations, and in anticipation of all that rumpus, I wanted to share my favourite and most seasonal celebration lunch menu:
- Steamed shoulder of lamb
- Spinach, rocket and feta salad with pine nuts
- Homemade pommes allumettes
- Raspberry crumble
- Clementine and almond cake
Rub it with oiled hands smothered in salt, pepper, cumin, oregano or any favourite herbs.
With the tip of a knife, slit the flesh in two places and wedge in each a big garlic clove.
Put in a steamer, tighly sealed in foil, for 3 to four hours, depending on size. I put a wedge of lemon and a sprig of thyme in the water. So that the whole house is beautifully fragrances in the process! This needs to steam on a slow hob, not too fast. You know it is ready when the meat almost falls off the bone by itself.
My grand mother then transfers it to a roasting pan, smothers butter on top and puts it for 10/15 min under a grill to finish off. Put some more unpeeled garlic cloves around in the roasting pan where they will bake “en chemise”!
The fat is crispy, the flesh moist and lean ; ready to serve just by pushing a fork through. Eat with couscous and roasted vegetables for a sublime family lunch…