It was our wedding anniversary this weekend.
Since I insist on Fish Hell Night every week I let mon mari choose special occasion meals – as long as they meet with my approval, of course.
He always chooses lamb chops.
Unfortunately, I can’t always get lamb chops.
Let me rephrase…. I can’t always get lamb chops that I’m willing to spend money on. Usually, the lamb chops have a long ‘tail’ which the Europeans seem to love, but, as it tends to be mainly fat, I don’t. Sometimes I can find nice lean chops, but not always.
Sometimes I can find nice lean ‘steaks’ – the cut is actually a thick slice from the upper part of the leg. It’s normally the same price is a chop, but with only a small bone and just enough fat to keep it tender.
For me, that’s a lot more lean meat for the money.
For mon mari it’s excellent lamb, regardless of the shape
Lamb Steaks with Mustard Rosemary Butter
Total time: 20 minutes
- 2 thick slices lamb or 4 – 6 center-cut lamb chops
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp dried Herbes de Provence
- Rosemary Mustard Butter:
- 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 4 tsp soft butter
- Sprinkle both sides of lamb with paprika, garlic, salt and Herbes. Set aside for 15 minutes.
- When ready cook over hot coals for 2 – 5 minutes a side depending on thickness and desired degree of doneness (I don’t know if that is a word – but you get the idea). We did these 2 minutes per side for medium rare.
- When done to your liking remove from heat, put top with Mustard Butter and serve.
- To make Butter: Mix all ingredients, and allow to rest at room temperature to blend flavors.
Mon mari has been working on outside stuff – playing with his outdoor toys: chainsaws and cutters and such.
At least he’s been doing that when the weather is decent.
It’s been cold and damp all over Europe. We get a nice day followed be three or four bad days.
My garden has stalled.
Radishes are supposed to go from seed to table in 18 days. Mine are only an inch high after 30 days.
The garden doesn’t look much different than the photo I took a month ago.
The seeds germinate, then nothing. Even the cool weather crops like lettuce and spinach are just sitting.
I finally planted the winter squashes today, along with some corn and beans. It’s all very late, but I’m worried that it might still be too early, weather-wise. If it’s too cold the seeds rot rather than germinate.
And notice all the brown fields in the distance… They should be green with growth by now.
Wonder what I’ll be complaining about next month LOL