June06

Minted :: Round II

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Roast Lamb Sandwiches with Mint Pesto and Pickled Shallots

Serves :: 4

Ingredients

1 2 pound leg of lamb, bone removed
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
mint pesto*
pickled shallots*
pickled jalapeno*
Serve with whole wheat country or ciabatta bread. 
*recipes follow

Mint Pesto

2 cups fresh mint leaves (packed), stems discarded
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pickled Shallots and Jalapenos

1 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced

 

Directions

Rub lamb with garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight. 
Preheat oven to 350° F.   
On a roasting sheet or in a roasting pan, drizzle lamb with olive oil and roast for 35-45 minutes until the temperature at the thickest part of the leg reaches 135° F for medium-rare.  Remove lamb from oven and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.
To prepare sandwiches, spread a thin layer of pesto on bread, top with sliced lamb and garnish with pickled shallots and jalapenos.  

Mint Pesto

Add mint through lemon juice in a food processor and slowly drizzle in olive oil while running.  Pesto should be smooth or slightly chunky.

Pickled Shallots and Jalapenos

Bring vinegar, sugar, salt and peppercorns to a boil.  Removed from heat, cool slightly and pour over sliced shallots and jalapeno in two separate bowls.  Cool and refrigerate.  May be made a day ahead.

image via :: Jen Altman

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TAGS: spring, mint, lamb

posted: 06.06.11



June06

Minted :: Round I

As promised, here are those lovely, refreshing recipes that go along with the most recent Rue Magazine food spread I conjured up.  Get ready for some serious minty goodness in three recipe rounds!

Spring Salad with Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, Mint & Feta

Serves :: 4

Ingredients


1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut in 2 inch pieces
1/2 pound sugar snap peas
1 small bunch radishes, trimmed, cleaned and quartered
1 cup fresh mint leaves (about 1/2 a small bunch)
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 ounces feta cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions


Blanch asparagus and snap peas in boiling water for 1 minute and place directly in an ice bath.  Toss with radish, mint, onion and feta.  In a small mixing bowl, whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Drizzle over salad and gently toss.  Sprinkle grated lemon zest over top and serve. 

image via :: Jen Altman

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TAGS: spring, mint, asparagus

posted: 06.06.11



June02

Travel Top Ten :: London Recap!

The USDA may have released the new food uber-simplifiied pyramid visual today, but I thought it'd be a tad more interesting to talk travel.  I'll never complain about having to eat and scout great food, shops and restaurants for a living.  I'm freshly back from a work-focused whirlwind trip to London and Copenhagen--2 absolutely stunning cities for food and design.  London?  Great food?  Oh my lord yes.  Don't be too quick to judge, London is making a serious move on the food scene and I've got a load of photos to prove it.  Here are my top picks from around the city - Copenhagen's recap is up next!

(above, the adorable takeaway shop Melrose & Morgan)

 

the culinary wonderland that is Ottolenghi  |  my menu at St. John, the king of nose to tail cooking |  a fresh, scrumptious breakfast at Shoreditch House - poached egg, avocado w/cilantro, wholegrain toast & a slice of lime.  pure genius.

gorgeous colors and artisan foods at Broadway Market and blooms at Columbia Road Flower Market

a quiet sneak peek at J & A Cafe just before a wedding reception |  love London’s bright doors

Borough Market, the expansive queen of farmers markets |  wonderful, wonderful cheese at La Formagerie  |  fresh local oysters and tradition at Wright Bros.

Monmouth Coffee needs to come to the US |  more wonderful cheese at Neal’s Dairy Yard  |  quaint home and garden products at Labour & Wait

40 Winks, quite possibly the most beautifully decorated boutique hotel ever |  flowers + fresh baked bread make a perfect match at Leila’s Shop

one more lovely link to check out, Brawn, the most talked about new restaurant across the pond

TAGS: travel, london, farmers market

posted: 06.02.11

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