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April 1, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 10:51 pm


However inclusive you try to make a blogging event, there’s always one moron that’s going to be totally confused by it. In the case of this month’s  ‘Waiter, Waiter’ event, that was me.

The theme for this round of the event is ‘’Waiter, Waiter, there’s Something in My Easter Basket.” I am good at ignoring public holidays. I managed an excellent job with Christmas this year and my efforts were only thwarted by my parents who found it totally unacceptable that I would be spending the with only the internet for company. I find Easter much easier to ignore. Apart from the shutting of shops (and College) on Easter Sunday, I go about my life as usual. I’m even tutoring on Easter Monday. Unfortunately, that meant that when Johanna, the Passionate Cook, announced the theme for the March edition of ‘Waiter, Waiter’ I was totally stuck.

For a moment I thought I could do something on Sri Lankan New Year, which often happens a week after Easter, but this year due to the quirks of the lunar calendar, it isn’t happening until early May. Bah! That was no help.

It wasn’t until Johanna came by my site and commented on my rosey lamb dish that I had any source of inspiration. So, you earthlings eat new season lamb at Easter, do you? Fair enough. I eat lamb whenever Goon decides he wants it. But this was as good a time as any to do some herb and spice crusting.

Just a couple of days later, Goon decided he had a craving for lamb. I had a lavender and herb crusted canon type thing in mind for the event, so I sent Goon out to find a butcher with some good quality lamb in stock.

When Goon arrived home he was not carrying a boned loin of lamb as I’d expected, but two whole rib racks. I’d never cooked these before but I knew Goon had a thing about them. He’d seen them in the shops and thought they looked cool.There had been many shopping trips where I had to stop him picking them up ad hiding them amongst the other items in our trolley. Of course, the moment he started craving lamb and went shopping unsupervised, they were the first things he thought to pick up.

The only thing that bothered me about these was the price tag on them. £7 per rack. Well… at least it looked like a lot of meat. I was anticipating a fair bit would be left for lunch tomorrow.

Typically, after spending all that time feeling smug and thinking that I was being clever making my roast lavender lamb, it turns out that the French have been doing it for years, particularly around Provence. The recipe I used was fairly similar to the traditional one. I’m sure this will work with any roasting joint of lamb so long as the roasting times have been altered accordingly.

First of all, coat your lamb joints in a bit of dijon mustard.

mustard on rack of lamb

Then take abouit two tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves and about 15 rosemary leaves and chop them finely. Then get a level tablespoon each of coriander seed  and dried lavender and grind these. Mix the herbs and spices and pat the mixture all over the meat.

Oh, and if you’re going to take a photo, it’s best to do it BEFORE the meat goes in the oven. Otherwise it looks a bit strange like this :roll:

lamb in the oven

Completely ignoring the rubbish Tesco cooking instructions, I cooked my lamb for 25 minutes at 200C and then rested it for 15. It turned out quite a nice medium rare. Goon’s was properly rare. I tried to convince him to swap but he growled at me and kept a tight grip on his plate.

medium rare rack

We had our lamb racks with a side of butterbeans crushed with garlic, cream and thyme and steamed purple sprouting broccoli. I didn’t think this dish needed a sauce but I suppose that if I was going to make anything, it would have been a light red wine reduction. I was impressed by the flavour of the herb crust. The lavender was very prominent and was complemented nicely by the herbs.

I couldn’t believe how quick this was to make! The whole thing was done in 40 minutes and probably eaten in ten. Given the amount of meat we had, there was suprisingly little leftovers. It seems that when Goon said he was craving meat he REALLY meant it.

So there is my fairly late entry to this month’s ‘Waiter, Waiter,’ hosted  by Johanna. Thank goodness she came by the site or I’d never have thought of anything to enter! 


  1. this sounds amazing… i second goon, the racks look the part! i am so glad you entered, as it seems to be the only meat-based contribution, so thanks for taking part!

    Comment by johanna — April 2, 2007 @ 9:06 am

  2. They do look a little like aliens ribs before the oven treatment but they look completely delicious after roasting! I’ve seen the racks in the supermarket before but the price has put me off for the size but I think if I was cooking for just Paul and I, I’d give it a go! Love your use of Lavender again!

    Comment by Freya — April 2, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

  3. AAAh, now you’re talking - I love a piece of lamb at Easter and I’m so glad someone entered a non-sweet tradition in WTSIM

    Comment by Andrew — April 3, 2007 @ 12:53 am

  4. I’m living so that I can eat this one day!
    Visiting from the easter basket round-up. I made some curry pies…can we do a food exchange ? ;p

    Comment by tigerfish — April 3, 2007 @ 5:44 am

  5. I love lamb, and your’s looks incredible (especially amoung the sweets and tidbits of other entries!) I never even ate lamb until I was grown and married, but it is definitely my favorite meat (you even managed to make butterbeans sound appealing-they are not my favorite!)

    Comment by Deborah Dowd — April 4, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

  6. Sounds gorgeous! Did you just use normal garden lavendar? I heard something ages ago that suggested you had to use a special sort for eating but I’ve no idea where now (or if it was a load of rubbish or not!)

    Comment by Sophie — April 4, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

  7. Johanna, I’m really glad you extended the deadline- otherwise there’d have been no way I could enter. Thanks for hosting this event.

    Freya, they are pretty expensive but worth it for a treat I think. The meat is very tender and not as bony as I expected it to be.

    Andrew, I was struggling to think something up to enter. I’m not much of a baker so the lamb seemed like a natural choice for me. I am wondering what to do for your round of the event- I’ve never made bread before!

    Tigerfish, I think your curry pies sounded very good. I love curry and I love pie so I’d happily exchange you a rack for a pie!

    Deborah, It must have been quite a revelation the first time you had lamb. I ate it while growing up bt wasn’t allowed rare meat until I moved away from my parents so I suppose I never had it properly until I was grown either.

    Sophie, unfortunately I don’t have a garden so I had to buy these from a spice merchant. Garden lavender is fine to use but you need to mae sure it is ot sprayed with pesticides etc.

    Comment by ros — April 11, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  8. this looks soo good i have too make for my spacial this week
    good job !

    Comment by marcos — December 14, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

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