Thursday, 13 April 2017

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Sticky Roasted Carrots

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This post was sponsored by Farmer's Choice.

Pull-apart tender lamb, sweet, meaty and aromatic. Soft, sticky roasted carrots with all the flavours of the lamb. 

I know you're up for this. 

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Sticky Carrots Paleo AIP

This lamb shoulder is boned and rolled, making it really easy for carving - you just slice it into portions and serve. No fiddling about near bones, no wasted meat. 

The great thing about this roast is that everyone will think you've slaved over it for hours, when all you did was rub some olive oil and salt into it and then spent the next 4 hours doing whatever you wanted. But you don't have to tell them that. 

I learned the method of cooking your veg in the roasting juices from the roast from Bryn Williams. I went to an event at Odette's in Primrose Hill, a few years ago, to learn about Welsh lamb and he cooked us a beautiful lamby lunch with about 6 courses. Loads of lamb. One of them was a slow roasted shoulder of lamb cooked over sliced potatoes. All that lamb flavour went right into those spuds and made them the most delicious I'd ever eaten. 'Fat is flavour', he kept saying to us. And, of course, he was right. 

In this recipe, the carrots are cooked afterwards - but you still get all that amazing flavour. You'll love it, I know you will. 

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Sticky Carrots Paleo AIP

The lamb for this recipe was sent to me by Farmer's Choice - I've worked with them for a while now, and I can wholeheartedly recommend them. Their meat is delivered frozen and ready for you to store in the freezer, until you want to cook something like this. Gorgeous. 

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Sticky Roasted Carrots
Serves 4-6
2kg (or thereabouts) lamb shoulder, boned and rolled, defrosted overnight in the fridge if frozen
1 tbsp olive oil (or your preferred cooking fat)
pinch of sea salt
500g carrots, trimmed and cut into thick wedges

Preheat your oven to gas mark 3/325ºF/170ºC and line a shallow roasting tray with foil. Everything will get very sticky (this is good) but the foil will help you with the washing up. 

Lay the lamb shoulder out on the tray and rub in the oil. Sprinkle with salt, and slide into the oven. Leave there to cook for the next 4 hours. 

After 4 hours, the meat should be dark, roasty, sizzling, and tender. Take it out of the oven and, using a couple of forks, pick up the meat and transfer it to a large plate or tray. Cover with a tent of foil, to keep it warm, while you roast the carrots. 

Turn up the oven to gas mark 6/400ºF/200ºC. 

Take your roasting tray that you cooked the lamb in, and discard all but 3-4 tablespoons of the sizzling fat. Carefully drop the carrot wedges into the fat (it'll be hot), and give it a stir to coat them all thoroughly. Season with a little more salt and return to the oven to cook for another 30 minutes. Give them a stir half way through roasting, to brown on all sides. When your carrots are hot, tender and sticky, they're ready to serve. 

Remove the foil from the lamb and move to a carving board. Slice the lamb into portions and then serve with the carrots. Some peas or green beans would also be good here. 

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I received the lamb and a contribution towards the ingredients for this recipe from Farmers Choice. I've been working with them for over a year now, and I've always found their meat, fish and game of fantastic quality. Do go check them out!

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Help Raise Awareness of IBS - New Campaign by Enterosgel

This post contains paid promotion. Thank you to the team at Enterosgel for helping to raise awareness about IBS and for supporting the blog. All opinions are my own.

I remember going to the doctor in my early 20s, while I was at university. I told him how my stomach always seemed to hurt and how I'd suddenly need to get to a toilet urgently for what seemed like no reason at all. 

He diagnosed me on the spot with diarrhea prevalent IBS and prescribed me some peppermint tablets to take. He told me that it was worth keeping an eye on what I ate in case I could find a link between certain foods and future episodes. He also told me that they didn't really know what the causes of IBS are and how they're different for each person. 

I was to struggle with the condition for another 17 years. That's a long time. 

There were days I didn't leave the house. I'd given up eating out at restaurants (an attack usually happened shortly afterwards) and my quality of life was pretty low. Most of the time I'd just keep quiet about it and stay in, because I found it really embarrassing to talk about it to anyone, or reveal the real reason I didn't want to go out for lunch with them. 

Once I cleaned up my diet in my mid-30s, I had far fewer episodes - I have an attack very rarely now, because I've got to grips with what causes it, for me. But those days, now I look back, were pretty harsh and really did knock me back a bit.

So when Enterosgel contacted me to tell me about a new campaign they're running this month to help raise awareness of IBS, I thought this was a great idea. 

In case you don't know, Enterosgel is a clear gel, which you dilute with water and then drink. According to the information on their website, the gel passes through the digestive system and binds to any bacterial toxins or certain allergens that are lurking in there, causing your stomach upset, taking them out with it and allowing you to heal and overcome your digestive distress quicker. I'm told that the body doesn't absorb the gel at all, it just passes through. That's why it's classed as a drug-free, medical device rather than a drug. And people do use it for all kinds of reasons when they have diarrhea or an upset stomach. You can find lots of testimonials on their website.

The great thing about this campaign is that by encouraging people to talk about IBS (and particularly IBS-D), it kind of makes it less embarrassing and helps people feel more able to go to their doctor and ask for help. 

Always check with your doctor if you're unsure about taking new treatments and medicines. Your doctor will help pinpoint you in the right direction, and do be reassured that it's estimated that one in five people are affected by IBS at some point in their life. 

Check out my video below to find out how you can get involved in the campaign this month and help spread the word, using the hashtags #myIBShandbag #myIBSbag #myIBSstory and #IBSgodrugfree. 

Are you a sufferer of IBS? Has anything helped you? Let me know in the comments below.