Sunday Lunch, this is a tradition that I really loved when I lived in England and kind of miss it. Sunday Lunch is about family time, after lunch table stories, was going to say good food, but now that I think about it everything was kind of under-seasoned and not too tasty, but what the heck, we had lots of Gin and Tonics before and, followed by lots of wine and finished it all off with some delectable port wine so by then, we had forgotten all about the food :-).
My lovely daughter had asked me a few days ago if I could make some Roasted Lamb, and I couldn’t think of a better day to do it than on a Sunday. Instead of lunch I made it for dinner, and by the end of the evening I had to very happy kids.
Earlier this afternoon I seasoned my lamb with lots of salt and pepper, stuffed it all over with lots of garlic, and gave it a nice lemon and olive oil rubbing and of course lots and lots of fresh Rosemary from the garden.
Whilst the lamb was roasting away, I thinly sliced some (6) peeled potatoes.
Then in a large saucepan I melted 3 tbsp of butter over low heat. Stirred in 3 tbsp of flour, 1 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper until smooth. Gradually added 2 cups of milk. Brought it to a boil and cooked and stired it for 2 minutes or until thickened. Removed from heat and stirred in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add sliced potatoes and 1/2 chopped onion.
Transfered it to my pyrex oven dish, covered it and baked for 1 hour at 350 Deg F, then Uncovered and baked for another 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and nicely golden.
By now my lovely lamb is at the perfect medium rare (160 deg) took it out, covered it with foil and let it rest for a bit.
I also steamed some broccoli that got tossed with salt and pepper and some sesame oil.
Made a quick gravy (real gravy, not that thick sludgy white stuff) with the lamb drippings and got the mint jelly and sauce and there we have it, Sunday Dinner is ready. Pity we were missing the hubby but as he loves telling everyone, “I have to work so my wife and go shopping at Kohl’s”!
Yeah I know, he has issues <3 but I till love him to bits 🙂