Hurrah, it’s March! Although I am a little concerned at the speed of where the months are going and have a sneaking suspicion that someone is playing with time itself, I am still delighted that we are here.
But what is it with all this ‘Meteorological Spring’ stuff, eh? Trying, all of a sudden, to convince us that Spring starts on 1 March. Balderdash. Spring starts on the Spring Equinox and I will hear no more about it.
Meanwhile, I am embracing the Spring-like weather and have hung out my washing for the first time this year.
Did you know that 80% of people in the UK no longer hang out their washing, but tumble dry it?
We don’t have a tumble dryer, so during the cold months we make use of our central heating and a clothes dryer. You know the one, where you hang everything on it, it takes up a huge amount of space, and everything takes an eon to dry? Yes, we have one of those. So March is when I breathe a huge sigh of relief, as it is warm enough to start hanging out, and therefore I spend less time tripping over the clothes dryer. And anyway, I love the feel and smell of washing dried outside. Although I may not be quite as keen if I lived next door to a motorway.
All that aside, March also reminds me of lamb so have plumped for slow roasting a leg of it for our dinner.
Cut up a few fresh carrots, a chunk of swede, a couple of onions and place them all with the lamb in a casserole dish that has a lid. Add freshly ground pepper, salt, and a good dollop of mint sauce. Then cover almost all of it in just boiled water and pop into the oven, gas mark 3. Leave for a few hours.
When you can stand it no longer, drain the juices from the pot, place in a pan and taste. If you’d like a stronger taste either add a stock cube or more mint sauce. It’s a personal thing.
Thicken up the gravy and pour over the resting lamb. Put the lid back on and leave for 10 minutes. If you can resist. The smell of it is divine.
I serve with new potatoes and something like sugar snap peas, green beans or mange tout.