Easter herb roasted leg of lamb with apricots, walnuts and almonds

Easter herb roasted leg of lamb with apricots, walnuts and almonds

Easy entertaining this Easter with a perfect one pan leg of lamb!

Easter herb roasted leg of lamb with apricots, walnuts and almonds

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
1 x 2 – 2.5kg leg of New Zealand Lamb
(can be chilled or thawed from frozen)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
the leaves from 15cm stalk of rosemary, chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 heads of fennel, cut into 6 wedges each
2 bunches baby carrots, skins scrubbed
10 dried apricots, halved
100g whole almonds
60g walnut pieces

Top tips: Lamb will take approximately 30 minutes per kilo, plus 15 minutes. Alternatively a temperature probe is very handy. Insert into the thickest part of the meat half way in. It should read 50-55˚C. Upon resting the temperature will rise to 60˚C. Perfect pink roast lamb! If you like it a little more done, allow 1 hour and 25 minutes, or a reading of 65˚C. Always rest before carving.

Method:
Preheat oven 180˚C.
Place the lamb in a roasting dish and poke a thin small knife into the flesh in 12 places.
Mix the garlic, rosemary, thyme and olive oil with a little salt and pepper and poke this into all of the holes and rub the remainder over the leg.
Place in the centre of the oven and roast for 45 minutes. After 20 minutes, add 100ml water to prevent the garlic from burning.
Tip the fennel and carrots onto the lamb and turn the leg over then roast for 30 minutes.
Take the lamb from the dish, add the apricots, walnuts and almonds, then replace the lamb, again turned over, and put back in the oven.
It will be cooked medium (which is lovely for leg of lamb) in another 15 – 25 minutes depending on the size.
Remove the lamb from the roasting dish and sit on a plate loosely covered with foil and a tea towel, and rest in a warm place for at least 15 minutes.
Turn the oven off, put the roasting dish back in, and keep warm.

Easter herb roasted leg of lamb with apricots, walnuts and almonds

For more information about New Zealand Lamb go to www.loveourlamb.co.uk

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BLUEBERRY AND LEMON CURD SCONES RECIPE

Blueberry and Lemon Curd Scones

Easter is all about indulging with friends and family so why not try making these delicious Blueberry and Lemon Curd Scones, the perfect afternoon treat, designed by The English Provender Co.

BLUEBERRY AND LEMON CURD SCONES
Ingredients:
300 g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
75 g butter, cut into small squares
50 g caster sugar
100 g blueberries
3 tablespoons The English Provender Co. Luxury Lemon Curd
150 ml milk, plus extra for brushing

To serve:
Clotted cream
The English Provender Co. Luxury Lemon Curd*

Method:
Preheat the oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl then rub in the butter, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
Stir in the sugar and blueberries and mix well. Whisk together the milk and lemon curd and gently stir into the breadcrumb mixture, with a rounded knife until the mixture is a soft dough and comes together in a ball
Gently knead on a lightly floured surface to remove any cracks. Roll out to 2 cm thickness, then using a 6 cm fluted pastry cutter, cut into rounds. Gather up any spare bits of dough and knead lightly, roll out and make more scones
Place on a baking tray, spacing them a little apart, brush the tops with milk and cook for 10-12 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack
Delicious served warm or cold, split in half and top with clotted cream and lemon curd

Blueberry and Lemon Curd Scones

Cook’s tip: Handle the dough as little as possible or it will become tough. Any remaining scones can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days – just reheat in the oven.

*The English Provender Co. Luxury Lemon Curd (315g) is available from Lakeland and online at www.englishprovender.com, RRP £2.49

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Petshop Pooch!

Liz and Pippin

petshop.co.uk

If you’re a pet owner you may already be using PetShop.co.uk – a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. If you’ve not heard of them yet, let me introduce you to the brand. PetShop.co.uk are young online company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. Plus all of their staff are pet owners so understand the needs of other pet parents. Essentially they are an online pet shop for all your pet’s needs.

petshop.co.uk

Knowing I had a little furbaby of my own they asked me (or rather my 7 year old Lhasa Apso Pippin!) to review some of their natural and organic pet food brands. I jumped at the chance because I wanted to bring something different to the blog and show you a peek into the life behind these pages, plus I know many of you are also pet parents and may like a review of this new idea. Food subscription services are huge right now but I’d never heard of a pet version (and it’s not just for dogs) so I decided to give their service a try.

petshop.co.uk

We were sent products from three brands including Almo Nature Dog Food, Nature’s Menu Dog Food and the new Pedigree Dentaflex. The products arrived well packaged and addressed to both myself and Pippin which I thought was really cute. He tore into the parcel, grabbed the Almo dog food sachet and trotted off with it, happily ready to hide it in his basket for later (he does this with anything he likes – toys, treats, food – so I took this as a good sign!

petshop.co.uk

Before the trial with Petshop, we were using a food recommended by our vet which is pretty pricey and we have to go to our vets to pick it up when it’s running low. The Almo Nature Dog food is very alike with similar ingredients, size of biscuits and nutritional benefits and Pip literally scarfed it down in a matter of seconds so I would consider swapping over to the brand, especially because of the ease of having it delivered. Also the price is about £1.50 lower per kg and this is an all natural alternative.

petshop.co.uk

So what do you think to a food subscription service for your pet? Would you buy your pet’s food and treats online because of the convenience? Tell me all about your furbabies and their favourite foods!

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