I love lamb in all its guises: lamb chops, lamb stew, rack of lamb, ground lamb, souvlaki... You name it, I dig it. But my favourite is a big old leg of lamb, seasoned and roasted, with each succulent slice landing on the plate like a steak unto itself.
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Recently, I went to France to test drive some porcelain cookware. I wanted to see how it handled my favourite cooking method ....... grilling!
Nothing pairs quite so well with a midwinter day as an herb-crusted slab of meat roasting alongside a few root vegetables. And to toast that roast you’ll want a rich, flavourful wine that can stand up to the snappiest of cold snaps.
Here, experts dish up seven tips to pair with heartier fare.
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In the world of beef roasts, marbling is king. The internal automatic basting power of tiny fat pockets melting into the meat is amazing.
They sound simple. Crostini, that is. Slices of bread that have been brushed with olive oil and toasted, then topped with something that need be no more complex than a sprinkle of salt and a generous rub with a fresh garlic clove. Of course, something more complex is nice, too. I’m talking to you, tomato and Parmesan and anchovy.
So you’ve decided to host an Oscars party this year, but you aren’t sure what to serve. Because obviously you want something extra fancy, something that will allow you to shine nearly as brightly as those folks on the red carpet.
Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis.
So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of the Oscars this year, now might be a good time to get your cocktail act together. And Tim Federle, author of “Gone with the Gin,” has a few ideas about that.
Hollywood’s biggest night also is one of the best excuses to get your friends together and get glamorous in the kitchen. But glamorous doesn’t have to be onerous. The best party food is something that will get your guests talking, something that is a crowd pleaser, something that can be eaten as a finger food but ‚Äî vitally ‚Äî also is really easy to assemble.
There is a time and place for a pint of ice cream and a spoon. Or for a pile of cookies or box of doughnuts. An Oscars viewing party is neither the time nor the place. This party requires desserts with a bit more panache.
Finger food can be tricky for the healthy eater. Tiny bites that explode with flavour often are loaded with empty calories and little nutrition. If I’m not paying attention at a party, I can easily inhale a day’s worth of calories, just because, well, I’m hungry. And finger food is so, you know, small. So I eat a lot.