Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Enough about medical procedures and other junque that makes up the stuff that is called "life"--
there are much more interesting things to discuss...namely--


Although my family says otherwise, I do adore cooking. And for the first time in a LONG time, I feel adventurous..inspired?? Mischievous? Well, I was watching THIS program on the Food Network, and was all over it like a duck on a june bug. And having to travel to Augusta for a post-op checkup with my doctor afforded me the chance to visit one FABULOUS store The Fresh Market... and I got a glorious leg of here goes...

Call me kinky, but there's just something about a boneless leg of lamb massaged with olive oil, garlic and rosemary that turns me on....

and one of the joys of living in the South is that my rosemary grows to bush size right outside by back door.. but excuse the fallen leaves from the neighbors' oak trees....the entire plant is about a cubic yard/meter !!!

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs!!! I even use it in flower arrangements...

And my Alaskan mezzaluna makes chopping it up soooooo easy.

All tied up ready to roast

baby artichokes have to be trimmed up

I haven't cooked much with fennel, but I will in the future- I LOVE it roasted!

A Christmas Eve's Eve kitchen still life

And into the oven it goes--all in one pan! Even though the lamb is boneless, the recipe recommends using the joint bones to prop the roast up for added flavor...and other reasons (see below...)

And a little over an hour later....roast, fennel, potatoes, and artichoke hearts with a yummy whitewine and roast lamb juice sauce is ready!!

Plattered up and ready to dig into! Rare to medium rare- just how we like it.

Even Chip enjoyed it--she rarely gets table treats, but since it's Christmas...the leg bone was all hers!!!