Now that it’s almost safe to say that spring is here, we can embrace the joy of new life, trees in leaf, flowers in bloom and fresh, light food to compliment this most beautiful of seasons.


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Foodwise, keeping it simple is the key and here we’ve made a beautiful piece of char-grilled lamb, accompanied by fresh mint and zucchini salad with zesty garlic paste, as a perfect lunch or dinner. So easy, so delicious.

Spring mint and garlic

Spring mint and garlic

CHAR-GRILLED LAMB WITH ZUCCHINI AND MINT SALAD, GARLIC AND LEMON PASTE

For 2 people:

LAMB

500g of boned lamb leg, in the whole piece

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Fresh cracked pepper

Sprig of young rosemary to serve

SALAD

4 zucchini – sliced into lengthwise strips

Salad greens – rocket, baby spinach, radicchio – a handful

1 big bunch of fresh mint

Extra virgin olive oil

Lemon juice

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

GARLIC PASTE
This is a wonderful condiment, a simple version of the wonderful garlic sauce common in Lebanese cooking.

5 cloves of garlic – crushed

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Lemon juice

TO PREPARE

Rub the lamb with extra virgin olive oil and plenty of sea salt.

Place on the char-grill and cook for about 7-10 minutes depending on the thickness. Turn and cook the other side. Rest the lamb in a warm place, covered.
(If you don’t have a char-grill, just use a grill pan).

While the lamb is cooking, char-grill the strips of zucchini until there are attractive lines each side.

Toss the greens with the mint leaves – roughly chopped if they’re large. Add the zucchini and a drizzle of olive oil, a good squeeze of lemon, salt and plenty of freshly ground, black pepper.

Puree or crush the garlic further in a mortar and pestle. Mix in the olive oil and salt, add lemon juice to taste. This is a very strong condiment but fantastic on the meat. If you don’t like garlic though – just leave the paste out and maybe serve with a tasty artisan relish or chutney.

Sprinkle the lamb with young rosemary leaves. Slice the meat thickly, on the diagonal and serve.

Char-grilled zucchini

Char-grilled zucchini

Lamb on the char-grill

Lamb on the char-grill

The herb of spring

The herb of spring

Bon appetit!