There is minority rule in this house. The majority of the household eat meat, I don’t. Because I hold sway over the kitchen (someone has to) and my meat cooking skills are limited to cooking sausages, badly, and only for the sake of my child. We eat vegetarian food. We like to eat together as a family, even if my picky child eats a pared down version of our dinner. I like pasta with a sauce, for him his pasta is plain affair, with vegetables on the side.
This weekend, I was in Manchester and they staged a small and short lived coup. Cooking slow cooked lamb, beloved on my other half. The lamb is cooked for 4 hours on a bed of boulangere potatoes. Apparently, it made a great long weekend Sunday dinner and was accompanied by a glass of Wolf Blass, Cabernet Sauvignon for the chef (on offer at £6.59).
One shoulder of lamb provided one large adult portion, two child portions (disappointingly my son had seconds). The left-overs have made 3 lamb curry dinners, now sitting in a row in the freezer.
Shoulder of Lamb
The recipe for slow cook lamb is a Tom Kerridge creation, find it here.
Shoulder of lamb to feed four is approx. £2.67 per portion.
On Bank Holiday Monday, I was back. We enjoyed a long morning at home and then a walk in the woods, it was sunny-ish and the perfect end of a May Bank Holiday is a BBQ, to celebrate the long evenings of May and welcome the (hopefully) many BBQs of Summer.
My dictatorship back in place and our BBQ was vegetarian. Vegetable kebabs make a tasty BBQ, better than an over cooked burger. Add green salad and a glass of La Castelia Pinot Grigio (on offer £4.49). BBQ vegetable kebabs are easy and very tasty.
Simple BBQ Vegetable Kebabs
courgette, halloumi cheese, red and yellow peppers, red onions, large mushrooms.
Mix a little garlic and dried mixed herbs in olive oil and brush over the veg and cheese before cooking. Pop on metal skewers. BBQ. Turning occasionally for an even cook.
All the produce for our weekend came from Morrisons, which provided vouchers for the bank holiday shop. Morrisons isn’t my usual supermarket. The store layout was easily negotiable, everything was well labeled, both the shelves and aisles. The store was clean, well-lit and spacious. When I needed advice on a shoulder of lamb, or where to find something the staff were helpful and informed. There was a good variety of produce, including fresh octopus. I was impressed.
Disclosure: All words and opinions are my own.