Holidays

Tepanade Stuffed Roast Lamb

Tepanade Stuffed Roast Lamb

Christmas and Easter are the only times of year I can find lamb around here, and since I love it so much, I always try to cook it as much as possible before it’s gone again. Recently my mother in law introduced me to tepanade: a mixture made from olives, capers, parsley and lemon, and I knew those flavors would compliment the lamb perfectly, so I was excited to try something new and completely different {to the usual mint sauce!} This dish sounds fancy and complicated, and looks really elegant, but it was SO simple and quick to put together, that I was totally floored. This is one of the BEST things I have cooked in a really long time! Lamb and tepanade were just made for each other. I love this dish, and as usual, hope you do too!
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Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

My husband oftentimes complains that I never cook beef– in particular, steak, which is his favorite. I guess it’s not something I had even noticed until he started pointing it out, and then I started wondering, why? Firstly, it could be that i’m not much of a “beef-eater.” I hate burgers, and I never ate steak growing up. Secondly, a good cut of steak is so expensive, that you might as well just eat out at a nice steak-house. There are so many around here, and whenever we go out to diner, my husband usually gets his “steak fix” so I feel as if I don’t need to cook it. Cheap cuts are just tough and BAD, so I don’t want to cook those. So my thinking, probably like most people, is: “why cook steak at home, when it’s just as expensive as eating out, and it doesn’t even taste as good?”
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Braised Lamb with Creamy Polenta

Braised Lamb with Creamy Polenta

Growing up in England my Mum cooked a traditional Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce dinner at least one sunday out of the month, every month, and I always loved it. Then as I started learning how to cook in America, I realized that people probably don’t eat a lot of lamb out here because it’s really expensive–and not readily available all year round like it is back home. In fact–I have never found it at any grocery store in tricities, except Costco at Easter time, so whenever it comes out in the Spring, I always have to make as many delicious things as I can with it, before it goes again for another year! So far I have tried Roasted Leg of Lamb, herb crusted Lamb Chops, traditional lamb gyros, and rack of lamb–so next up, I really wanted to have a go at making braised lamb shanks, and I knew exactly what to serve them with.

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Orange Glazed Gammon with Baby Carrots

Orange Glazed Gammon with Baby Carrots

I can’t believe Easter is coming up THIS weekend! I had so many plans to do so many cute things, and as usual… I have no time to do them all {story of my life}. Any decent blogger would have had Easter figured out last month, so I feel like i’m totally cramming here like my good old BYU days; but i’m determined to bust my butt to post the awesome recipes and craft projects I had in mind, over the next couple of days! Today I have been knee deep in spring cleaning and re-organizing my house, and on top of that, I have come down with that dreaded cold everyone else around me seems to have; but somehow I still managed to pull off this amazing dinner, so i’m pretty darn proud of myself. This is one of the most delicious dinners I have made in a while, and I couldn’t wait to post it because it’s so perfect for Easter! P.S. If you are American, you might be asking, “what the heck is Gammon” it’s just what we call HAM in England, so don’t be confused. P.P.S. One of my all time favorite meals is gammon with scalloped potatoes, but last time my husband was sick, it was from those potatoes, so he refuses to eat them! This ham with some amazing scalloped potatoes would make the BEST Easter dish ever! I hope you guys enjoy.
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Baked Corned Beef & Cabbage

Baked Corned Beef & Cabbage

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and I didn’t even know! I thought it was on saturday, so I dressed in Green and dressed my kids in green and we all went to town, and we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on the wrong day! Whoops. {Who does that!? I’m so blonde sometimes!} Then when I went to church on sunday I got pinched for not wearing green, kissed for wearing red, and kicked for wearing blue by my primary girls! Okay, not really… I was more teased and threatened by those things, but luckily someone had a spare green necklace they gave me, so I could fit in! What’s funny is that I had actually planned this corned beef and cabbage dinner for sunday, not even knowing it was St. Patrick’s, so it all just kind of worked out (since it’s the traditional thing to eat here in America). In England I remember corned beef coming out of a can and it was NOT good. At all. This is the first time I have ever cooked and tasted American “Corned Beef” and it’s SO tender and delicious, I know i’ll make it a St. Patrick’s tradition every year… if I can remember when it is! ;-)
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