I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions, but this year I’ve made a few. A major one is to get back to posting regularly! Secondary to that, I’ve decided that I need to entertain more at home, so that might benefit the blog as well, since there is usually food involved in entertaining!
Speaking of food, I got a crockpot for Christmas! For its inagural run, I decided to make a recipe from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, which I also received for Christmas. There is an entire chapter devoted to slow cooker and pressure cooker recipes. Eventually I settled on Lamb Vindaloo.
I was a little concerned about my ability to find a boneless leg of lamb, but it was right there in the Star market by my work. It was a little over five pounds – huge!
After trimming off most of the fat (and skin?) I cut the lamb up into big chunks, about 1½ inch cubes. After seasoning with salt and pepper they were seared in some oil. It smelled so good!
While this was going on, Tim played sous-chef and chopped onions and garlic.
I cooked down the onions, then added spices and then the garlic. This also smelled wonderful!
The meat and the onions were refrigerated separately overnight and then in the morning I dumped them all into the crock pot with some broth and let it cook all day. Once I got home I thickened the sauce with some flour, added some fresh cilantro and made some basmati rice.
It was a wonderful meal! And it made so much that we had leftovers for days – which is an amazing thing considering the voracious appetite of my sous-chef!
I have a feeling that the crock pot will be making many appearances on our dinner table for the next few months!