a butternut squash

I love butternut squash. It has a lovely texture, and works in so many things: risotto, roast veg, Thai currys, soup, etc. But there’s no denying that it’s a faff to deal with due to the peel. So I did a little experiment. I wanted some soup to come home to on Saturday, and astonishingly,…

shepherds' pie

[apologies for the poor quality of the photograph – it looks better than this] I love shepherds’ pie. I don’t dislike its poorer cousin, cottage pie (made with beef), but much better is a cottage pie, made with lamb mince. So as I have a couple of friends coming for supper tonight, I popped into Normans…

lamb, leek and barley soup

I don’t normally bother with recipes for soup – they’re a bit mongrel here. But I’ve started tracking what I eat on MyFitnessPal, so it’s worth writing stuff up, just for that. So hopefully there’ll be a lot more appearing here now. We make this quite often, as Morrisons do three lamb bones for about…

a load of mince

We are having the kitchen refitted  in the next few weeks. I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to the process, not least because I’m not. I want it to be done, obviously, but oh my … blocking up doors and knocking out walls and moving the gas points, etc. Still, it will…

lamb shanks cooked with calamity

A few weeks ago, Morrisons had some lamb shanks reduced – £2.10 a pair. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually cooked lamb shanks before, but I bought a couple of packs and stowed them away in the freezer. Decided to cook them on Sunday, so on Saturday I bunged a load of flageolet beans…

more from Morrisons

We returned to Morrisons on Sunday, and had a good wander about. Picked up some undyed smoked haddock, which we consumed with a mountain of cauliflower cheese last night (I’m trying to cut my carb intake considerably). While checking out the meat counter, I spotted some packs of lamb bones at £0.57, and fell upon…

moussaka

Lamb is so expensive, so when I see some on offer, I grab it. Sainsburys were doing 1kg of minced lamb for a fiver a few weeks ago, split into 500g packs, so I stowed a couple in the freezer. And then Friday was such a miserable damp day, we decided to construct a moussaka,…

slow cooked lamb and lentils

I picked up a half shoulder of lamb in Morrisons yesterday for £4.40, and we decided to slow cook it. As it happens, it was a horrible cold, rainy, Sunday and it was exactly the right way to approach it. I browned the lamb and put it in the slow cooker with two peeled and…

surprise breast of lamb

Why “surprise”? Because I thought it was a pack of sausages when I lifted it from the freezer, which rather dashed our plans for Toad in the Hole for supper on Monday night.  I had to rush to the local CoOp and purchase sossidge; the Toad was gorgeous, thanks for asking. So there I had…

moroccan style rack of lamb

Ages ago – a couple of years – we bought half a salt marsh lamb for Lots of Money. The meat was beautiful and it was worth every penny, and for some reason the rack remained in the freezer. We hauled it out on Saturday, with a view to roasting it for Sunday dinner, but…