What a week it has been. We are all still recovering from the shock of last Friday’s events in Paris. While none of my friends and family were hurt, many others were not so lucky.
Life goes on and I salute the Parisians who have continued to enjoy café life, with #jesuisenterrasse trending on social media. But comfort food also has its place in difficult times. This simple but flavorful lamb dish requires virtually no prep, and will make your home smell divine during the four hours it cooks. My definition of comfort.
Slow-cooked lamb with sage
(from the French blog C’est Moi Qui L’ai Fait)
2 kg boneless shoulder of lamb
a good handful of sage leaves
200 ml dry white wine
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 230 C.
Trim any thick fat off the lamb shoulder, leaving a thin layer of fat. Place the lamb shoulder fat side down in a dutch oven and heat over medium flame on the hob, until some of the fat has rendered and the lamb has browned. Turn over and brown the other side.
When both sides are browned, take the pan off the hob and remove the lamb to a plate. Wipe the excess fat from the pan with some kitchen paper, then put the lamb back in fat side up. Cover the lamb in sage leaves, then pour in the white wine. Season with salt and pepper, cover and put in the oven.
Important: you must then immediately reduce the heat to 150 C.
Cook for around four hours, basting every hour.
To serve, gently separate the lamb into chunks using two forks.