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Old 03-01-2006, 04:45 AM   #1
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Happy St David's Day!

St David is the patron saint of Wales, another of our Celtic countries within the United Kingdom.

I've invited four Welsh friends for dinner this evening and have chosen Welsh lamb as the main course - this one is unusual as it uses figs - I found it on an old recipe card from the Welsh Lamb marketing board!


Roast Welsh lamb, figs and shallots

4lb leg of Welsh lamb
2 garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
1 tbsp olive oil
6 shallots, peeled and halved
6 fresh figs, halved
2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
2 tbsp raspberry vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven 190 C / Gas mark 5. Using a sharp knife, make small slashes in the surface of the Welsh lamb and push a sliver of garlic into each one. Rub the surface of the meat with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a roasting tin and cook for 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours.

Thirty minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the shallots and figs to the roasting tin and sprinkle with the rosemary leaves. Return to the oven until the end of the cooking time. Remove the Welsh lamb from the roasting tin and transfer to a board. Cover with foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

Transfer the figs and shallots to an ovenproof dish and keep warm. Stir the roasting tin over a medium heat on the hob and add the vinegar and sugar. Stir until simmering, then allow to bubble for 2-3 minutes. Slice the Welsh lamb and serve with the figs and shallots, drizzled with the dressing.

Serve with roasted vegetables and seasonal green vegetables.

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Old 03-01-2006, 09:35 AM   #2
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Thanks for the recipe!! I will send this on to my oldest daughter as she adores lamb. Thought I was the only one to realize what today is; we have a small town (not far from where I was born) named St. David here in Arizona.
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Old 03-01-2006, 09:51 AM   #3
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Hoe your daughter enjoys the recipe.

We are keen on our patron Saints in the British Isles - Patrick for Northern Ireland and Eire, David for Wales, Andrew for us Scots and George for England.

I love the small 'city' of St David's in Wales. I have friends from University who live there and we visit a couple of times a year. Bet this is different to 'your' St Davids!!!
http://www.historic-uk.com/DestinationsUK/StDavids.htm
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:48 AM   #4
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Thank you for the wonderful link!! Yes, it is quite a bit different than our St. David town. My grandfather's mother was from Wales and my family has always observed this day.
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:58 AM   #5
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Their Cathedral is just so amazing. It's in the bottom of a small valley and so pretty... The countryside around there is wonderful, too - with great beaches.

If I weren't Scottish, I wouldn't mind being Welsh!
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:37 PM   #6
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scot or welsh, ish, your recipes still would be awesome.
just one point tho, ireland is not a british isle.

i am definitely printing this one out to make for my dad this spring, maybe for easter. i may have to substitute apple vinegar, and maybe mash a few raspberries into it.
is there anything particularly special about welsh lamb? is it very lean, or good fattiness, or something like that?
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scot or welsh, ish, your recipes still would be awesome.
just one point tho, ireland is not a british isle.
I know that the republic of Ireland (the country with Dublin in it) is not part of the British Isles, but Northern Ireland would be considered as such because it's part of the United Kingdom, no? That's what people here tell me at least

Simply wonderful looking recipe Ishbel, this is going in my "must try for special holidays" file. A big thank-you!
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I know that the republic of Ireland (the country with Dublin in it) is not part of the British Isles, but Northern Ireland would be considered as such because it's part of the United Kingdom, no? That's what people here tell me at least
wow did you just make my blood boil! (i know you didn't mean it tho)
that may be the current political status picc, but for me and mine, anyone who says that is a traitor, probably never having spent any time in belfast or derry.
i'd better not get started with this one.

26 + 6 = 1

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anyway, sorry to be a bore. back to ish's delicious recipe.

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wow did you just make my blood boil! (i know you didn't mean it tho)
that may be the current political status picc, but for me and mine, anyone who says that is a traitor, probably never having spent any time in belfast or derry.
i'd better not get started with this one.

26 + 6 = 1

tiocfaidh ar la

anyway, sorry to be a bore. back to ish's delicious recipe.
My deep apologies Bucky....I didn't mean to upset you...I know that tension runs high in some parts and amongst many Irish people the world over. Not being Irish and not feeling like the country (or countires of Ireland) are mine in any way I was just going off geography (in other words I just live here, I don't feel any ties to Ireland). Will you forgive me, and know that I meant nothing by what I said?
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:24 PM   #10
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Lovely recipe, Ishbel. Thank you for sharing it here with us. What other dishes would you recommend as a side? Tia.
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