Spring Outdoor Eating
We congratulate ourselves for being able to sit outside in Spring sunshine, in T-shirts, eating Spring lamb straight from Kamado Joe. What could be better to raise the spirits says Sandra Tate…… So No 2 son was home from Uni, and keen to cook something up on Kamado Joe for us (all ingredients bought and paid for by parents, naturally) and to seize the opportunity to sit out to eat for the first time this year. It was April, and not the earliest ‘eat outdoors’ on record for us, but hey, it was a fabulous afternoon and a fabulous meal.
As you will appreciate from the image, little was left of the lamb shoulder by the time we had the sense to take a photo. Prepared very simply in a marinade of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, rosemary & mint from the garden, crushed garlic, salt and pepper. After a couple of hours in that, it was sat in a triple thickness of aluminium foil, open-parcel fashion, on the iron grid side of KJ at a mellow 180°C. After an hour the lad added a glass of white wine to the parcel and it was left for a further hour to reach its desired tender-fall-off-the-bone stage.
Meanwhile, on the iron griddle side of D&C he had us some Mediterranean vegetables – peppers, aubergine & courgette, tossed simply in seasoned (with fresh chilli, salt, pepper) olive oil and grilled to tender and tinged with colour. The lamb was unceremoniously transferred to an old roasting tin for carving, together with the very delicious cooking juices.
All absolutely superb – all the more so by being cooked for us. I have marked it on my calendar as being on of the very rare and wonderous occasions that a son has cooked for me. But then, Kamado Joe does have a certain lad appeal.