We are social animals. Some more social than others. Some more animal. Communication between us can be very complicated. We misunderstand each other and often end up not talking. We take offence. We get petulant and complicate our relationships through our always-on communication that for the best part really does not communicate at all. Look at the things we use to keep our friends close – text, Viber, Snapchat, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and, for some of us, LinkedIn. Despite all the ‘communication’ many of us have never felt more alone, more isolated and out of touch. Not me though. I KNOW how to stay in touch. All I have to do is prepare some very simple Spring Lamb Shoulder and they will arrive at the table, ready to talk. Ready to share stories. Ready to really communicate.
If you are having a communications issue with somebody who matters to you, follow this recipe. Call them over and rub shoulders with them. Here’s what you will need:
- 1 spring lamb shoulder (per 3 people)
- 1 bulb of garlic or 3 single bulb garlics
- A few sprigs of rosemary
- A glass and a half of good red wine
- Salt and pepper to season
Now, put your shoulder to the wheel, as it were. Slice the fatty side of the shoulder to facilitate rubbing with salt and pepper. Season the lamb all over.
Turn the oven on to 150ºC. Warm a frying pan. Add a little oil and brown the lamb on all sides.
Slice the garlic into chunks. Sit it and the rosemary at the bottom of a casserole. Place the lamb on top. Pour the wine over.
Place a lid on it and put it in the oven and leave it there for three hours.
Remove the lamb from the casserole. Separate the bit of fat that will have joined the wine gravy. Reduce the wine gravy, by about half, in a pan. Serve the lamb with mash and some vegetables. Pour the wine gravy over and let the conversation flow.
This is a really simple dish. It is wonderfully tasty. Cooking it is very, very easy. If you need an excuse to hook up with friends, shoulder the social burden. Send them a text, or Shapchat, Viber, tweet or FB them. You could even ring them on the telephone. Get them over, feed them and get the social engagement going.