♥ Soooo easy


This is the only recipe I have ever come across that is absolutely and totally foolproof.  The only way it can go wrong is if you forget to turn the oven on.

I found it in Tamasin Day-Lewis’s  excellent cookery book ‘Tamasin’s Kitchen Bible’.  The talented Tamasin comes form an equally talented family, her brother Daniel Day-Lewis is the oscar-winning actor and her father Cecil Day-Lewis was poet laureate in the UK.

Tamasin calls the dish Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb with black olive paste.  She mentions in her book that she first discovered it at a tiny village restaurant, in Provence.  Here’s how to make it.


Put 1kg of cubed organic shoulder of lamb, which has been trimmed of excess fat, in a heavy-duty casserole with  200g of tapenade, (Tamasin recommends Carluccio’s crema de olive nere but I have found tapenade from a good deli works fine.) cover first with greaseproof paper and then the casserole lid.  Pop it in the oven at 150°C et voilà after two hours you have a miraculous melding of flavours that will make those who taste it believe that you have manned the hot stoves for hours.

I made the lamb dish for this Sunday’s lunch and served it with baked sweet potato wedges and a green salad.  Chunks of crusty french bread would have been good but I forgot to buy a baguette.


A glass of decent wine is an essential accompaniment and the bottle of Languedoc red I opened fitted the bill perfectly.


Filed under Books, Food/Wine, Recipes

2 responses to “♥ Soooo easy

  1. M

    Your photos are amazing B – is it the camera doing the work for you or is this another of your skills surfacing?!! Whichever – the pics are beautiful.

  2. Thanks M – I wish I could claim credit but the camera is doing most of the work, I am still trying to figure out things on it! Talk to you soon Bx

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