Sunday Lunch, actually more like Sunday Dinner…

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.

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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.

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Whilst the lamb was roasting away, I thinly sliced some (6) peeled potatoes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I also steamed some broccoli that got tossed with salt and pepper and some sesame oil.

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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 ❤ but I till love him to bits 🙂

Package of Love………Salmon En Croute

A few weeks ago I was watching a Gordon Ramsey cooking show where his daughter told the competitors that her favorite family meal made by her father Gordon was Salmon en Croute.

So I made a mental note to keep that idea in mind for a nice dinner with the hubby.

Tonights the night so…..

I started off by making the shortcrust pastry in my food processor :

  • 4oz plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2oz butter, cubed
  • 3 tbsp cold water

Place flour, salt and cold butter cubed in the food processor, pulse till it looks like crumbles and then add the water whilst pulsing. Do not over knead. Wrap in cling film and place in fridge for at least 15 minutes.

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Whilst the dough is chilling out, I got my salmon, took the skin off, hunted for hidden bones and then sliced it in half.

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In a bowl I mixed 1/2 stick of butter with a handful of chopped basil and dill, a grating of lemon rind, salt and pepper until nice and creamy.

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Then I placed both salmon pieces side by side and topped one of them with the herb butter mixture and the other one with a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard and then stacked them together leaving the herb butter and mustard in the middle.

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I took out my dough and rolled it out into a rectangle, placed the salmon in the middle and wrapped it into a neat little parcel, cutting off the excess dough and sticking it together with egg wash.

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Carefully turned the package upside down so that the seams are at the bottom and then lightly egg washed the entire package. Lightly scored it with a cross-hatch pattern and I had a little dough leftover so I cut out a cute heart to decorate my package of love.

Into the fridge it went for 15 minutes. In the meantime I got my oven heated to 400 deg F, and into the oven it went for aprox 25 minutes. While it was cooking I mashed my potatoes, made some minted peas and a delicious hollandaise sauce (check out this quick and easy blender recipe).

Out of the oven it came, I let it rest for 5 minutes or so while I plated the mashed potatoes and peas and then sliced it with a serrated knife.

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The hubby ❤ made a comment that we should have the salmon made this way more often, which to me means it got a huge seal of approval :-).

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