This past weekend some of my best friends came to visit me here in London. They are Paleo sympathisers and whilst this could be pure sarcasm don’t entirely mind eating Paleo around me. Although after a few days they do request “normal” food. hehe. I had a few places in mind to take them to eat Paleo out but when it came down to it, they wanted my cooking. What a compliment!
Here’s what I made them, a perfectly Paleo rack of lamb with a plum and rosemary “rub”. This recipe is for something a little different to try with lamb, and it matches the distant lamb flavour deliciously. The recipe below serves 2 fully, or 4 as a taster dish.
Plum season usually starts in August here in the UK, but my neighbour has a huge plum tree which cascades plums over in our garden, so I picked some for this recipe. Technically not stealing but let’s not get the law involved. #squiddidit.
Let’s get cooking!
- 400g (ish) Rack of lamb
- 1 Ripe purple plum
- 1 Sprig of rosemary
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1 Small mild shallot
- 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
- Oil (Coconut or Red Palm)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6, or 400°F
- Crush the garlic and finely chop the shallot and rosemary.
- Place in a small bowl and add 1 dessert spoon of oil and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar.
- Squeeze the plum into the mix, so you get all juice. Then chop the flesh and add to the mixture.
- Place a non stick pan on a high heat. When hot seal the rack of lamb on each side.
- Remove from the heat and sit in a foil lined tray.
- Rub over the mixture and gently fold the foil up around the rack of lamb.
- Place in the oven. After 25 minutes open the foil and return to the oven.
- After just 40 minutes you'll have a wonderfully pink rack of lamb, flavoured with a fresh marinade.
Why plums with lamb?
Plums are a great source of a range of vitamins and minerals including potassium, fibre and vitamins A and C. You might not know this but plums are also high in antioxidants and help produce serotonin, or the happy hormone. Whilst these plums were free which always adds to happiness levels, they are also something a little bit different to offer a sweetness to the richness of lamb.
The clean plates said it all.