Easter Dinner

April 08, 2010

Lamb by yours truly. Potatoes by @ErikDreyer and Diana. Salad by @jasonyo and SJ. Asparagus by steam pot.

The salad contained spinach, pears, medium-boiled eggs and from-scratch candied walnuts! It was quite a hit. The potatoes had tons of garlic, and complimented the lamb very nicely.

The lamb is from an epicurious recipie that I followed pretty closely. We started with two lamb legs from Costco totaling about 8 pounds of meat after trimming the excess fat. I tucked substantially more garlic into the meat than recommended—approximately 8 cloves cut into about 32 slices—and let the prepared meat marinate overnight.

Cooking was done on the propane grill, and turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the meal (at least to me) because although the flavor was great, the smaller pieces of lamb were overcooked. I had the thermometer in one of the larger pieces and cut the heat when the middle of the largest one reached 145°F. In hindsight, I should have measured each piece and pulled it from the heat when it reached 130°F, as recommended by the recipe. Oh well, one of the main reasons to write this down is so I can remember what I did wrong. Aren’t you glad we live in a world where we can google our past misteaks?

You may have noticed the topic of my site inching insidiously toward food. To tell you the truth, I’m just as surprised as you are. I mean, I’m supposed to be writing about programming, poetry and bad puns, but I end up taking pictures of dinner instead.

Well, them’s tough beans (fava maybe? Haven’t attempted those yet). The food posts will likely continue as I have no plans to imperil my excellent relationship with eaten things anytime soon.

Stay tuned for a large flickr set of food-themed photos! Also expect some posts about my new espresso machine as I continue my relentless pursuit of the god shot.