One whole lamb from Getaway Meat Mongers. Local? Check. Fresh? Check. Delicious? I hoped to do it justice.
I am a firm believer in family dinners. In our wired, frantic, drive-through world, the idea of gathering around the table seems quaint, something our ancestors did. It’s not, it’s something we need to make time to do. Connecting over food is a primal instinct, rooted in our DNA. The earliest cave dwellers did it–surely we’re as civilized?
On this occasion, we were celebrating lamb, with a farewell dinner for fellow lamb lovers. Seven courses of it, to be exact.
Lamb bones, slow roasted. Onion, carrot, celery, chopped and allowed to roast until brown, for maximum flavour. Into a pot, cover with water, and simmer. Strain and voila! Lamb stock, for broth. The very essence of the beast, rich flavour, light texture, a precursor of what lies ahead.
Barley lamb risotto with peas came next, although no pictures. Lamb and barley go beautifully together.
And we all enjoyed the lamb, and pie, and the wine. But as much fun as I had planning and preparing the dinner, and as much as we ate, it was the conversation that was the most satisfying. Taking the time to talk, and laugh, and just for a short time, unplug and enjoy.
As for the lamb, I think we did it justice.