Our World Tour of NZ 2013 is over (pics and stories still to come).
The kids are back at school.
Some at the same school but in different classes, some at a new school with new everything & shiny shiny shoes.
I feel like the new kid too.
So much to take in.
So many corridors to get lost in.
So many important papers for the dog to eat.
So many names to forget.
So very many things.......
I never really expected to get busier as the kids got older.
I missed that memo obviously.
I barely feel as if I have my head above water.
Imagine what it is like for my kids?!
They are ever so good at managing change.
Once again we can learn so very much from them if we stop, watch & listen.
I'm treading water.
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S (Low Calorie) LAMB & ROSEMARY PIE:
Over the years I have put way too much into my body and not done anywhere near enough output to balance it.
I am all about health and not about weight. The body image thing has never been a problem for me.
Like lots of people though my health has become a priority.
I want to be around. I LOVE being around!
There is so much goodness and fun to be had!
I am trying really hard to educate myself more on how it all works and still be able to eat all the things I LOVE. Which is pretty much everything!
SO the other day when my eldest asked for a Lamb & Rosemary pie my mind just went into meltdown about how calorie heavy pastry is....and also how DELICIOUS!!!!!
I made it my mission to deliver a Low Calorie option packed with flavour.
I am all for food tasting as good as it possibly can.
I had heard about an idea of replacing pastry with a basic bread dough and wanted to see if it would be any good.
I had made a batch of my Pizza dough (recipe here) and had refrigerated the leftover to arrest the rising & I had a lamb shoulder needing to be cooked (this recipe would also be a great way to use leftover lamb shoulder from my slow cooked souvlaki recipe).
I cooked the shoulder the day before and refrigerated it till the next day (I could also easily remove the fat solids from the stock for extra lean-ness)
SO here is the result. A super delicious, crusty pie of the super tasty variety.
Low in fat without being low on flavour. It has about a THIRD the fat of a regular pie.
I will be using this method again and try with different fillings.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 lamb shoulder
- 5 sprigs rosemary
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 carrots, chopped into cubes
- 3 large potatoes, chopped into cubes
- 1 large onion
- basic pizza dough (recipe here)
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 cups stock
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 egg (for egg wash)
- S & P
- oil for brushing
Heat oven to 150C.
Place the Lamb shoulder into a roasting dish and top with a couple of garlic cloves (crushed, a couple of rosemary sprigs & some S & P. No need to add any oil. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 150C for 3-4 hours.
Remove from oven & set aside. (I did this step the day before and refrigerated it. This allowed me to remove the fat solids and to use the stock from the pan for the gravy).
Shred the meat off the bone & keep the cooking liquid.
Turn oven temp up to 180C.
Bruch a pie dish with a little oil. Roll out pizza dough so it is big enough to cover your pie dish (I left a little extra for shrinkage) Roll to about 1/2 cm thickness. Make sure you leave enough dough to make a top!
Place carefully into pie dish and blind bake (this means cooking the pastry with no filling in). I pricked the bottom with a fork and placed dried beans in to prevent from rising. This step makes the super crispy base that we all LOVE!
Place in oven for about 30 minutes or until lightly brown.
Remove and allow to cool while you make the filling.
Add the lamb, the remaining rosemary sprigs (take the leaves off the stalk and chop roughly) and the wine and turn up the heat a little.
Cook through for 5 minutes or so, to allow the alcohol to burn off.
Now add the water and seasoning and sprinkle the flour over the top. Stir well to incorporate the flour. Cook for another 5 minutes to allow the flour to cook properly and thicken the gravy.
Remove and serve immediately. I used a bread knife to cut through the super crispy crust.
Loving the sounds of Tracey Thorn at the moment......this song is gorgeous.