Do you think people like us cook because we want to be loved?
I was wondering about this as I packed up a whole dinner of Slow roast Lamb, Roast Cauliflower & Walnut with Pomegranate, a Pumpkin grilled Haloumi and Pepita salad and some feta mashed potato, all packed up with perfect bowls and condiments to take to my friends house at Easter. I asked what they were doing and if they’d like dinner before turning up with it all…..and yes I made dessert- a gluten free lemon cheesecake with Raspberries and freeze dried pomegranate seeds.
I know they love me already so I’m not looking for attention here, even though at times I feel a little lonely, it’s true. I don’t think I will ever be lonely enough to be sitting on the couch dreaming of another life, there is too many places to see and too much to cook. And, certainly not lonely enough to try and win people over with food.
But when you love cooking the biggest draw card is to share. The opportunity to create a gathering to share food and company. Any one that loves to cook knows this. That’s when it struck me, I cook just as much for me as for the pleasure it brings others, and the creative opportunities it brings to everyday routines. I’m just an addict.
So this is the type of dish that is both great to take with you somewhere and an easy, no fuss one to cook. Whether it’s spring where you are or just becoming cold pop it in the oven and don’t forget to look out for the posts with the warm salads to go with it.
Is there some thing you love to do more than anything else?.
- 1.5 kg Lamb Shoulder
- 2 tablespoons cumin ground
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 piece preserved lemon 1/4 (pith removed chopped very fine)+ extra for serving
- 2 tablespoons Oregano fresh chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 500 ml chicken stock or beef,
- 2 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 1 kg potatoes peeled chopped good mashing ones
- 200 ml milk 3/4 cup
- 150 gm Danish feta
- 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
- 25 gm butter
Want the recipe for the delicious pumpkin salad….it’s coming up soon