Organic Easter Menu:
French Herb & Garlic Lamb and Pots au Chocolat
It’s with great pleasure that I announce my continuing collaboration with Organic UK throughout 2014 – more about that to come in May, but for now I wanted to share some great indulgent recipes for people to enjoy with their family over Easter weekend, and what can be more indulgent than fresh British organic lamb and chocolate! My two recipes for today take advantage of a lovely leg of organic lamb, that was reduced to only £10 a kilo when I bought it, as well as some seasonal organic vegetables and some Fair Trade organic chocolate…….and not just one type of chocolate, but MILK chocolate and WHITE chocolate. I have devised and created a simple menu that will please the whole family and yields lots of leftovers for more family meals.
My Easter menu has a distinctive “Gallic” flair and the leg of lamb is slow roasted in red wine with a mustard and garlic crust and lots of fresh herbs; the dessert is simplicity itself and my little Pots au Chocolats are decorated with freshly whipped cream and mini chocolate eggs, as well as some chocolate bunnies I made with a silicon mould! I decided to serve the lamb with steamed Savoy cabbage, such a wonderful seasonal vegetable and a big tray of roasted vegetables for easy, crunch and flavour. The recipe I used for my roasted vegetables was Roasted “Tartan Veggies” with Smoked Sea Salt, Honey and Thyme, but as there were lots of herbs with the lamb, I omitted the thyme and also cut the vegetables into larger wedges too.
I roasted the vegetables and the lamb in separate trays until they were nearly cooked and then I sat the lamb on top of the veggies for the last half an hour of cooking, so I could use the lamb juices and make some gravy. The little chocolate pots can be made the day before if time is tight and then you can add the cream and decorate them just before serving…..the whole meal is so easy to cook, making sure you have time to help hunt for Easter eggs in the garden, or have a relaxing read of the Sunday papers.
My total shopping bill for the complete meal came to £37: 49 (lamb, vegetables, chocolate, cream and chocolate eggs); that was for the meat, vegetables and ingredients for the chocolate mousse, and my meal fed a family of four with leftovers for two more meals, so my initial outlay of £37:49 was a very thrifty way to feed my family (and friends) with fabulous organic produce. The lamb cost £22:50, and fed four people for three separate meals, making each meal work out at only £1:87 a head and with the added vegetables I worked out that each meal was about £2:00 a head, which is fantastic! My costs were offset as I didn’t have to buy any eggs (for the dessert), as I have my own free-range hens, but that would have only added £1:50 to the total bill.
If you would like to see my menus from last year, as menu planning inspiration, then they are all here: Thrifty and Organic Meal Planners. I will be starting the same meal planners in May this year, and I hope you will join me at the beginning of each month to see what I have been cooking up! I’ll leave you with my two recipes for French Herb & Garlic Lamb and Pots au Chocolat for now, and DO let me know if you make either of these recipes, and what you thought of them. Have a wonderful Easter next week, although I will be back before then with more news, chat and recipes and have a great weekend. Karen
Disclaimer: Organic UK is paying me an agreed fee to create and develop these Thrifty and Organic Recipes. However, as I am a big supporter of organic produce, I am happy to share these sponsored organic recipes and posts on my blog, for the benefit of my readers. Karen S Burns-Booth