There is so much to mourn this year, but there is also so, so much to celebrate. Even though nothing feels normal and we are all looking for new ways to make this feel like a time of light, there is always the comfort and healing of good nourishing foods.
And with some extra time on our hands now it’s just the four of us during these weeks where usually the house is flooded with people we love, it’s the perfect time to put a little extra love and thought into what we eat.
This 7 hour leg of lamb or goat may seem like a lot of work, but truly it is a pretty forgiving, easy but heart warming meal to prepare. Plenty of time to go for a walk outside in the meanwhile, call someone you care about, or to read a book, because besides some basting most of these 7 hours is very hands-off.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Couple of spoons full of lard/olive oil
One 3 or 4lbs leg of lamb or goat
5 cloves of garlic
3 bay leaves
3 sprigs of rosemary
1 tablespoons minced sage
8 sprigs of thyme
2 cups red wine
2 cups broth
As always, we play around with what we have, so no need to make a supermarket run if you’re out of one of the herbs.
How to cook it:
Warm up the oven to 300F.
Heat up a large cast iron/enamel/roasting pan over high heat. Add the lard or oil, then the leg, and brown it all around.
Set the leg aside, lower the fire and add the garlic and herbs. Slightly brown the garlic and add the wine and broth. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to get those delicious brown pieces in the mix.
Put the leg back in the pan with the thickest meat part up. Cover the pan with a basting lid or aluminum foil. Place it in the oven and roast for 3.5 hrs, basting (ladling the cooking liquids over the meat) every now and then. Make sure you do this with the meat out of the oven, keeping the oven door closed in order to loose as little heat as possible.
Take the lid/foil off and slightly lower the temperature. Bake the leg for another 3.5 hrs, basting much more frequent now (every 15/20 minutes) so that the leg stays moist. After the full 7hrs the leg will fall apart in chunks, taste delicious and have an amazing structure.
There you have it. Body warming, soul soothing and deeply nourishing goodness. Now let’s make space for all that we’ve lost, speak out loud about all we feel gratitute for and nurture ourselves and those with us with this meal that makes even 2020 feel a little lighter.