BY PALOMA LACY
Easter is almost in sight and the re-instatement of the ‘Rule of Six’ from no more than two households for outdoors entertaining is nearly within our reach.
As everybody rushes to smarten up their gardens for al fresco dining over Easter, we look at what might be served up for lunch.
Nothing quite says Easter like a joint of lamb, and where better to source it than directly from Smithfield Market?
For half a century, JF Edwards has stocked the finest meat from sought-after suppliers, but with demand for doorstep deliveries peaking, it has launched an online shop, removing the need for early shopping trips to the market, with next-day delivery.
JF Edwards offers everything from beef (including wagyu), lamb, veal, poultry, game and exotic meats, to smoked fish from specialist suppliers across Europe.
Meat box options start from £35, with free delivery on orders over £40 within the M25 area.
Butterflied leg of lamb with tangy Cumberland sauce
This is an effortless, flavour-packed alternative to traditional Easter lamb roast.
Cooked quickly for a pink finish, the tender meat laps up the sharp, yet sweet authentic Tracklements Tangy Cumberland Sauce.
Serves 4 Ingredients:
1kg leg of lamb, butterflied (weight after removing bones – the butcher will do this for you)
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
1 x jar Tracklements Tangy Cumberland Sauce.
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark four
Place lamb in a large roasting dish and rub all over with a generous amount of oil, salt and pepper (to taste)
Put it in the oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on how pink you like your lamb (and how thinly the leg has been butterflied)
Remove the lamb from the oven, drain any liquid from the base of the roasting dish. Brush the Tracklements Tangy Cumberland Sauce all over the lamb (top and bottom) and leave it fat side up in the roasting tin and cook for a further 20 minutes, then remove from oven.
Leave to rest for 10-15 minutes and serve with creamy mustard mash and spring greens.
Tracklements Tangy Cumberland Sauce RRP £3.50 for 250g are available from fine food delis and farm shops nationwide and online at www.tracklements.co.uk.
With food intolerances so common place, brand new confectionery brand, Happi Free From, has launched to ensure that vegans and those who are dairy intolerant enjoy Easter as much as everyone else.
Produced using gluten-free oat milk and rice syrup, eggs are dairy, gluten and soya free, and packed into 100 per cent recyclable boxes with zero single-use plastic.
Available in three delicious flavours: Plain Milk, Orange and Salted Caramel, Happi promises a perfect allergen-free chocolate egg, with no compromise on taste.
It uses 47 per cent single origin chocolate sourced directly and ethically from farmers and growers with a full ‘farm-to-bar’ supply chain, Happi replaces soya lecithin with sunflower lecithin, creating an allergen free range.
It also contains 35 per cent less sugar than other mass market chocolate brands.
RRP £9.99 and available to purchase online.
There’s also a lovely new plant-based Cornish ice cream worth checking out.
Cecily’s, a BBC Dragon’s Den winner, uses sustainable, dairy-free ingredients, combining with the expertise of generations of Cornish ice cream makers to produce the creamiest non-dairy ice cream around.
With no fewer than seven Great Taste Awards under its belt, it’s perfect for flexitarians, vegetarians, vegans, and anyone looking for simple ways to reduce their intake of dairy and animal products to reduce the environmental impact on the planet.
Flavours include: Mint Choc – packed with natural cocoa chips, peppermint oil and a touch of spirulina for some green goodness, Chocolate Orange Swirl, Double Caramel, Creamy Coconut, Pure Chocolate, Pure Caramel, and Rum ’n Raisin.
Further flavours are coming this year.
RRP from £4.50 and available online from Ocado, M&S and other independent retailers.
Baking a pretty good way to keep kids amused during the holidays but it can be a messy old business.
South London-based Craft & Crumble has solved the problem of the grand kitchen clean up with postal cookie baking kits that are easy to follow and all the ingredients pre-weighed.
The quirky kits include Burger-Themed Cupcakes to Art Class Biscuits, as well as Birthday Bundles.
Each lovingly created box is packed with all the ingredients needed to create 15 biscuits (just add eggs and water), and icing pens for children to draw pictures on their tasty baked biscuits.
Added bonus: they get to munch on their masterpieces at the end.
For those away from loved ones and family members during Lockdown, the letter box cake kits are the perfect gifts to send whilst we are not able to see each other.
Craft & Crumb’s letter box subscription also allows children to receive a new kit every month for the length of their subscription with special themes each time. www.craftand crumb.com
Main Pic: Butterflied leg of lamb with tangy Cumberland sauce.
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