Whoops, I forgot that I have a blog.
When was the last time Easter came so soon after St. Patrick's Day? Since this year's Easter was even chillier than it ususally is in New York I centered all the cooking in the oven: hot cross buns, roasted lamb and asparagus, cake.
I somehow missed photographing the buns. But you know, they were round and had squiggly little frosting crosses on them (that's what you get when a non-believer makes hot cross buns). We sent them off to a local church that was hosting an Easter egg hunt.
A cute guy at the wine shop gave me the idea of marinating leg-o-lamb in juniper berries and gin. After marinating the lamb overnight (reserving the liquid) I started by lining the pan with onion slices, rosemary, and sage.
I placed the lamb on this, poured the marinating liquid over it, and then topped the seasoned lamb with olive oil, more rosemary, sage, and juniper berries.
I covered the roast loosely with foil and roasted for about three hours at 325 degrees. Then I turned up the heat to 400 degrees and roasted another hour until it was finally, finally done. I removed the roast and poured water into the pan, scraping up the browned bits and stirring it all together to make a sauce, which I strained and poured over the roast.
The asparagus was easy -- I just roasted and added blue cheese and a squirt of fresh lemon. Instead of potatoes or rice pilaf I sent Lane out for a crusty baguette. Lazy! But I love a good crusty loaf baked by someone else.
Since I was baking all those buns I decided to also bake a cake -- a buttermilk lemon with a layer of lemon curd between the layers. No luscious buttercream this time; just powdered sugar blended with butter, vanilla, and lemon zest. Then I melted some marshmallows in the microwave (one minute) and smoothed it over the top.
Though still cold, it was a gorgeous, sunny day. Hope you enjoyed your Easter as well.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Posted by Adriana Velez at 11:33 AM