So, I’m pulling carrots out of my ears right now…where’s Bugs when you need him…(no gags about Albuquerque please) and I think I’m covered for vitamin A until December!! When it comes to veg like this and especially when it comes from my own kitchen garden I’m a total traditionalist – zero sauces, zero embellishments, zero enhancements (well.. maybe butter).
Growing your own is an utter joy but it isn’t always straightforward. I lived in an apartment for 7 years before moving into a ‘grown up’ home so it wasn’t an option – but now companies are popping up that are changing that and if you are interested in learning more about creating a kitchen garden in your apartment the check out The Urban Farmer Squad for more information – its easier than you might think!
This is not a Lamb dish by the way – the lamb just happened to be hangin’ my fridge looking for something to boogie with and the Asparagus quite literally crashed the party at the last-minute – the star of the show here is the early carrots which are punchy, fruity (yip) and cook in seconds! This is a winner of a mid-week, mid-summer super.
WHAT YOU NEED -serves 2
4 Lamb loin chops
Bunch of fresh garden carrots
Bunch of Asparagus
4 tbs rapeseed oil
2 tps sweet Paprika
2 tps Cumin powder
1 tps Onion granules
2 tps cracked black pepper
2 tps salt flakes
juice 1/2 small lemon
HOW YOU DO IT
Step1: Mix togteher the oil, Paprika, Cumin, Onion granules and black pepper then smother the lamb with this marinade. Cling and sling in the fridge for a couple of hours (or the night before). When you are ready to cook remove the lamb from teh fridge and allow to come up to room temp.
Step2: Bring a pan of salted water to a rolling boil and blanch the carrots for 3 minutes then remove to a plate and leave to one side
Step3: Add the asparagus to a wide frying pan with some rapeseed oil and a scatter of salt flakes and fry the asparagus for about 2 minutes tops. Remove and set aside with the carrots
Step4: Veg prepped next season the lamb well and squeeze over the lemon juice. Sling under a screaming hot grill for 3 minutes each side.
Step5: Arrange the carrots and asparagus in an oven pan and lug over a little rapeseed oil, pepper and salt and then the lamb – slingin a pre-heated oven for literally 1 minute until teh veg comes back to temp
Step6: Serve (as usual with me) straight from the oven pan with a pile of spuds
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