I have emerged from a semester of researching my thesis and as I reflect back on my spring of research and very little cooking, one day stands out for me…(in Massachusetts this day is three holidays in one)
1. “Patriots’ Day” – A day commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution (battles of Lexington & Concord)
or perhaps it was a day of meaning for you as…
2. “Easter Monday” – The second day of the octave of Easter Week and/or second day of bright week. (not quite sure what all this means but wikipedia says it true, so it must be, right?)
or perhaps for you it was…
3. “marathon monday” – This is the day that the Boston Marathon is run and of course a Red Sox game is always scheduled around 11am.
Or maybe it was simply….just a Monday.
For me it meant a rare whole day off without having to report into work or attend a class. And that gave me a day to actually cook. Since my husband and I both worked the day before on Easter, I decided to make a delayed Easter dinner.
And what’s more delicious than a leg of lamb? Plus my local butcher was having a sale on lamb. Of course when I arrived at the store I forgot that a “leg of lamb” is actually quite big – like “feed 20 people big.” So I had to settle on a 4 lb de-boned top portion of a leg that the butcher mercifully had for me.
I took it home, rinsed it and patted it dry and ended up flapping it out flat, coating on all sides with the wonderful lamb seasoning from Penzey’s and rolling it back up and tying it with string. (kinda like a porchetta)
I stuck to the classics and roasted cut potatoes and onions with fresh rosemary and sage and served sautéed asparagus along side. No mint jelly here but if you need it, serve it.
Full disclosure: I was working at home that day on editing my thesis research and I may have left it in the oven a teeny bit too long, but it was still delicious!
Late update: Apparently May 7th is “National Leg of Lamb” Day so next year I will cook my leg and do homework on that day instead!