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    BRECON BEACONS STYLE Roast Lamb Rhost Oen Brycheiniog



    Lamb Recipe feeds 4 rugger players or her and me Sunday and leftovers to nuke as needs,I love cold roast potatoes for brekky with cabbage and bacon a kind of instant cawl,scouse or colcanon !

    Of course if lamb absolutely unavailable top mutton but slice sear then oven or pork,goat beef etc.I'd sooner pork/beef than mutton for roast.

    With soccer an unpredicatble joy decided to make some posh nosh

    Basically the lovely Sunday Lunch an old Welsh butcher well known to Can123 used to serve up as a kid,Pop Bowen opened the claret and Scotch with Dad while a bevvy of Aunties slaved over steamimg pots from after church until about 330pm when the gents returned from the RED COW (no not a brothel a bar).My role was open little blue bags of Salt as Walees had not invented the salted Crisp in 1960s! I'd sit ovelooking the taff fechan sipping a strange lemonda my dad called Drambuie Shandy (later said it was lemonade with a dash of Portwine explains a lot)



    Working at the butchers as a lad and enjoying fresh lamb worldwide I can assure organc Welsh Mountain lamb is top notch.Mutton fine for curry but lamb for roast.Loire Valley,Tuscany,Basque Irish and Canterbury Lambs and those of the Romney Marshes and East Anglia were there are a few in Norfolk and Lincolnshire Wolds have a more tender toothsome flavour than their mountain cousins whose shoulder and offal are fine for other uses.


    Lamb 250-450grams just under a pound of lamb on the bone ,half leg best.If in Bangkok etc you can get a rack which while delicious id fiddly expensive and needs more attention.You only need a 40 baht chop if broke but a nice half leg is best.

    Herein Slam of course frozen N Zealand but top quality as for us 2 only difference between 200 to 400 baht extra its really worth it.

    Other ingredients

    2 pounds 1kg potatoes
    A pound half kg/pound large carrots to be honey glazed batons
    2medium onion,2 tiny red shallots clove 2 cloves big bulbous white garlic.
    One in the oven will be smashed to cream another for the sauce

    Seasoning Fresh cracked green or black pepper,rosemary ,oregano or wild marjoram is sold dried in Big C Makro etc,or fresh garden mint we grow

    You may want a seasonal green veg I choose mangetout for colour.It seems odd with Squash,mangoes or avocados but these all work,Red Cabbage good

    If you have access to other marinades you enjoy but remeber the lamb is a subtle soft taste so spices chilis will mask and to my mind spoil.Greeks go the yoghurt,olive route which i love in Oz and may serve with pitta or Rice but not my 'idea' of Sunday roast but equally lovely.

    I use also shop bought Lime cordial a tsp, atsp of any sweet wine elederflower good inUK sherry port or rioja leftover?
    Sadly there is NEVER any leftover wine in Siam ,the Chinese cooking sherry and ALL thai spirits wines will impair your tatse vsion and poss inside.
    One exception satle beer,stregth is irrelaevant so a cup of LeoSigha or Federbrau in the gravy?
    Industrial chemical like Chang Archa etc may be used to clean the dishes,not for internal use!

    Mint sauce in vinegar 3tsps
    Last of my Waitrose cranvberry in burgandy sauce (From C Mai Carrefour,I bought lot before it closed ,but I see Tops and malay stores stock pricey but quality waitrose M+S provisions).Failing that a tsp of good jams here STute r Bonne mama Black Cherry or Morello if you like it sweet

    method night before or as early as poss

    Wash meat,score next to any bones to release juices ,ease cutting and allow marinade in.I use a A$199 Santoku for everything but no better than a wood handle knife my wife bought for 300 baht.

    Apart form hygiene important sharp,a blunt blade is dangerous when pissed

    Add marinade liquids
    Mint sauce slpash
    Red wine'sheryy/port etc spalsh if beer only half a cup
    tsp groundpepper salt (rock salt crushed is best )
    If in a village and hard to come by a dash of soy,chinese cooking sherry and ground brown pepper will do just.
    Herbs Srig Rosemary Thyme for me,Holy basil TOO STRONG so are anise or chilli

    Place in Fridge

    Peel Potatoes Long Maris piper peel then
    its JJ Heston method

    Choose Long baton shaped spuds in Mkt Oval cut of ends
    Now got a log stand on end halve
    Now have two half logs very easy tomake trangle wedges
    These allow max exposure,sit well,don't roll and crisp outer sofrer inner.
    Parboil(boil for only 10mins in preheated salted water) ,then drain cover the pan with cloth to retain steam

    Oven on.It is poss do all this on a ship or BBQ I have done bet best in Oven.
    In Siam can do all on 2 rings or bar roasted spuds in a slo-cook crockpot or rice cooker yes,it'll need some scouring and wife may go nuts if uits her best or a slo cooker

    Oven Method
    pre heat 200
    Once hot place spuds and half Onion and garlic (unpeeled on flat tray )
    Splash with extra virgin olive oil oil,if get spray oil canola or olive works fine less calories.Do not use corn or nut oils with flavour,soy is fine

    After 30 mins turn and place Lamb on top

    Cook another 30-40 minutes check after 30 and turn remove any tiddler spuds that maybe fully cooked ,try one!
    At this point boil carrots, any other vegs cabbage,fresh peas etc.
    With careful timimg can all be done in one pot or rack of bamboo dim sum steamers .
    If cook carrots seperate can then honey glaze pan fry

    Sauce/Gravy make while meat rest and lady plating

    We all have own preference I always inc 2 tbsps of good wine
    I like juice if sufficeint from meat and carrots,red wine salt and promite or vecon
    can use Oxo Bisto Bonox Marmite aad a little cornflour,stir vigourously.
    Easiest made in the meat tray ,helps clean it as my mum explained.

    Seve potatoes veg lamb on side so each person serves gravy (mopping bread grain mustard to taste)

    Wine Berri at 279 baht best value I could find or any merlot
    Tescos sometimes habe Berberana at 329 Crianza or aroun 500 reserva which again is good value
    Crust bown cob bread and butter

    Desssert we had fresh lincees from garden but syllabub,fool or possett or if have time apple and blackberry pie that I garnered in the beacons would have been the Autum norm with custard or clotted cream in Cornwall.

    Enjoy ,sorry no pix we just ate it

    Cost Wine 269
    Spare stock sea salt dried herbs 11
    Lamb 220
    Veg and herbs electric,oil approx 100
    600 baht approx for plus electric time etc but for 100 baht a head for food and same for drinks

    Well worth the effort and will tates different but equally delicious for next game at 3am

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    Never eat something you may have had sex with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Never eat something you may have had sex with.
    How about foreplay? Kosher.?

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    Listen ewes was the scousers who initiated the silence of lambs and of course my co "star" in International Sir Anthony ,I took a small part as I didnt the cash


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    No-baa-baa sheep mothers, a nice glass of vimto and a cell underground. Reminds me of Uni days.

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