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Slow Roast Lamb Shoulder With Lemon And Garlic

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I have mentioned before my love for slow roasting and the benefits to my soul knowing dinner is quietly getting on with itself while I’m out and about.

This lamb is melt in the mouth consistency and to be honest I always roast two shoulders now as one isn’t quite enough and I love leftovers!

Leftovers are used up in Turkish prides and stuffed bread, recipes in my blog. Apologies, if I knew how to do a link for them I would!

A shoulder this size feeds 4.

Ingredients

 1.8kg lamb shoulder, bone in

2 lemons

50mls olive oil

6 gloves garlic, peeled

20g parsley leaves

Salt and pepper

500mls water

Method

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Centigrade.

Take the shoulder and stab it all over, as deep as you can without piercing the underside, waggle the knife around a bit so there is space to fit a couple of fingers into the cuts where able.

Whizz the zest and juice of 1 lemon, the olive oil, garlic, parsley and seasoning to make a loose paste.

Pop the shoulder into a deep roasting tin.

Rub the paste all over the underside of the shoulder, flip over and then push the paste through the cuts and cover completely.

Take the second lemon and slice very thinly, remove the seeds and lay over the top of the shoulder.

Pour the water into the base of the pan.

Measure a piece of baking parchment to fit over the roast and tuck in to the sides. Squish it up under running water and then lay it over the roast, tucking the edges in.

Cover the tin with tin foil and seal well.

Pop the roast into the oven and roast for 7 hours.

Turn the heat to 200, remove the foil and parchment and drain the pan juices.

Spoon the fat from the pan juices back over the lamb and return to the oven, baste again after 20minutes and then remove after a further 20mins.

To serve, warm the pan juices back up, check for seasoning and then pour over the roast as you serve.

Cornish Pasties

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Leftovers can sometimes be a little lacklustre the day after and if I suggest them to the boys they are greeted with disgust, however, wrap them in pastry and call them something else and they are loved! I’ll never understand boys!!!

I often have leftover roast vegetables when I have a roast so these get used instead of the carrot to speed things up and use everything up!

If you don’t have time to make pastry just use blocks of defrosted puff pastry, you will need 2-3 blocks.

Makes 12 pasties.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

500g leftover roast lamb or beef, finely diced

3 carrots, finely diced

1 onion, finely diced

200mls leftover pan juice/ gravy or stock

45 mls Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato ketchup

salt and pepper

1 egg, beaten

PASTRY

600g plain flour

300g butter, diced

375 mls water

Method

Make the pastry first.

Weigh the flour into a large bowl. Add the diced butter and then form a dough with the water.

Turn onto the floured surface and roll gently into a rectangle, turn around 1 quarter and fold the ends in to form a block. Turn another quarter and roll again, fold on the ends and turn again, repeat 12 times.

Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for 30mins.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, over a medium heat, and add the onion and carrots, cook until the onion is translucent.

Turn the heat up high and add the meat, cook, stirring regularly, until the meat is beginning to crisp up.

Add the stock, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and bring up to a gentle simmer.

Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, season and set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade. Line three baking trays with baking parchment.

Remove the pastry from the fridge and cut into 12 portions.

Take one potion and on a floured surface roll out into a rough circle, around 12-15 cm diameter, spoon some of the meat into the middle and brush the edge with beaten egg.

Bring the sides up to meet in the middle and crimp with your fingers to seal.

Place the pasty on the prepared tray and repeat with the remaining pastry.

Brush all of the pasties with beaten egg and then bake for 30-35 mins until golden and crisp.

Pulled Roast Pork Shoulder

imageGosh I love meat when it is falling off the bone with pan juices for gravy! This recipe you start the day before but once it’s in the oven at a lower temp you have eight hours of piece while it does its own thing. Guaranteed dissolve in the mouth deliciousness with the the pan juices taking it to another level. Leftovers, chop the meat, add the leftover pan juices and some frozen peas and make pasties, very popular in the boys lunch boxes! Serves 6-8. Ingredients 3kg piece of pork shoulder, skin on, scored finely 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 4 large cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon salt freshly ground pepper 500mls water Method The day before roasting, combine the oil, coriander, fennel, oregano, smoked paprika, garlic, salt and pepper to make a thick paste, I use a large mortar and pestle or processing will work too. Take the pork and rub the paste all over, really well, including the cuts in the skin, place in a large dish or ziplock bag and pop in the fridge for 24 hrs. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade. Place the meat, skin side up on a rack in your roasting tin. Roast for thirty minutes. Turn the oven down to 140 degrees Centigrade. Remove from the oven and turn the meat over, skin side down. Pour the water into the base of the pan and cover tightly with foil. Pop back in the oven for 8 hours. Turn the oven up to 220 degrees Centigrade. Turn the meat skin side up, drain the pan juices and set aside. Return the meat to the oven and roast for 40-50 mins until the skin has crackled. While the crackling cooks, skim the fat from the pan juices and warm gently. To serve, remove the crackling and break up into pieces and using tongs, pull the meat apart into manageable pieces, serve with hot pan juices over the top.