Lamb stew for one was lunch today. Russ was away picking up the first batch of deer hunters at the Twin Cities Airport and I had to cut up our last leg o' lamb from last year, so I made myself Lamb Stew for lunch from scratch. I sauteed the lamb cubes in olive oil with a clove of garlic and a minced shallot, then added a small stalk of celery, one medium carrot (peeled), a small handful of finger potatoes (sliced but not peeled), salt and pepper to taste, and later, 2-3 tsp flour. I let this cook about 5 minutes, then added half a cup of Austrailian Jacob's Creek Shiraz wine,1/4 tsp dried thyme, and 1/4 tsp dried rosemary. At he same time I added the wine, I poured myself a small goblet of it. Suddenly EVERYTHING started smelling very good , and I served myself with hot tea, a slice of wholewheat bread, and what was left in my goblet of the wine, of course. Note to self--let the carrots cook a little longer next time and savor the wine with your meal, NOT ahead of time. Oh, I almost forgot about that leg of lamb I boned for a very large batch of lamb stew or curry to feed the deerhunters. I did somehow manage to remember to put all 4 pounds of remaining meat into the refrigerator after drinking my wine and before sitting down to eat, just as the wine buzz was ascending and opening the top of my head to scatter its contents who knows where? (Note in the photo that although the plate is full, the wine goblet is nearly empty--wine on an empty stomach does that to me--even just a small goblet!) This delicious lunch was topped off by toffee from the lovely little box of chocolates we recieved from Bev and Gordie (associated with the Artisan's 50th anniversary party last Friday--that was a good time!) I'd better go get the rest ready for the deer hunters now...
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and