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Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

Warmth at last


Winter sun! The weather is finally improving. After a reasonably pleasant December, the cold front was not fun. It did get us back into action and the attic of number 42 has now been insulated. The work was finished today.

My mood has lifted. We had people over for dinner last friday. We had Lamb Raan. Excellent. The Meera Sodha version which goes like this:

6 to 8 (a small army)
a large leg of lamb, around 2.5kg
1½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
the seeds from 6 cardamom pods
250ml whole-milk yogurt
7.5cm ginger, peeled and finely grated
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
150g ground almonds
the juice of ½ a lemon
1½ tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
400g shallots
rapeseed oil
The day before you want to serve the dish, score the leg of lamb with a sharp knife, making deep cuts in crosses on both sides, and set aside. In a spice grinder or a pestle and mortar, grind the cumin, coriander seeds, black peppercorns and cardamom together. Put the spices in a large bowl, and add the yogurt, ginger, garlic, almonds, lemon juice, chilli powder, ground cinnamon and two teaspoons of salt. Rub the marinade on to the lamb and into the grooves, then transfer to a large polythene food bag or a casserole dish and cover. Leave in the fridge overnight.
The next day, about three hours before you want to serve, preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Transfer the lamb to a deep roasting tray, pour 125ml of water into the tray and loosely cover with foil. Cook for two and a quarter hours for lamb that is pink in the middle, and two and a half hours if you like it more well done.

Forty-five minutes before the finished cooking time, add the unpeeled shallots to the pan and lightly drizzle with oil. With 20 minutes to go remove the foil so that the lamb browns nicely. Take the meat out of the oven, cover with foil and rest it for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

21 comments on “Warmth at last

  1. Steve Ruis
    January 30, 2017

    Interestingly, after the longest stretch without sunshine in Chicago, we have a sunny day today. Of course, those clouds kept the heat in and gave us warmer weather, but it is still warmer than usual and having a bright, sunny day certainly lifts the mood.

    Is that a Moroccan recipe? I expect to see some raisins in the ingredients list by the time I got to the bottom.

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    • “Legend has it that on conquering India and dethroning King Paurava, Alexander the Great became great friends with the ex-king. To recognise their new friendship, Paurava held the banquet to end all banquets, the centrepiece of which was a barbecued and spiced leg of lamb: lamb raan.” 😀

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  2. Merilee
    January 30, 2017

    Yum! Going to be making that lamb in our -10C Toronto(ish) winter.

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  3. Steve Ruis
    January 30, 2017

    Can you come stay at our house?

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  4. makagutu
    January 30, 2017

    Is there a way of sending you some excess sun! It seems each person have their own here

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  5. kjennings952
    January 30, 2017

    I love it when you cook! The spice mixture sounds fantastic!

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  6. foolsmusings
    January 31, 2017

    It’s the opposite for us. After weeks of unseasonably warm weather, it’s -10C here again. :/


  7. belasbrightideas
    January 31, 2017

    Love those spices, used commonly around this house. And apricots with lamb is to die for. 🙂


  8. wcs
    January 31, 2017

    Where do you keep your logs?


  9. acflory
    January 31, 2017

    Too hot for roasting, just yet, but come winter I’m trying that recipe! So what did you serve the lamb with?


    • With parboiled potatoes which I sauteed with mustard seeds and cumin seeds, and barely wilted spinach with an olive oil/lemon dressing 🙂


      • acflory
        January 31, 2017

        Delicious, simply delicious! You’re lucky I’ve just had dinner or I’d be making a mess, drooling everywhere. 😀


  10. searchingforslater
    February 5, 2017

    Beautiful room. Reminds me of an old world apartment in NYC.

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