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Peter Gunn’s lamb neck wrapped in parsley recipe

Preparation time
30 Mins
Cooking time
160 mins
Serves
8

Alex Russell’s Alejandro range of wines, new to Wine Selectors, is really wowing the Panel and his 2014 Montepulciano would be ideal with the lamb. A delicious example of this Italian variety, it’s savoury and ripe yet lively and fresh with a plush core of black fruits and just the right amount of tannic grip to counter the fat in the lamb. It’s a great alternative to lamb’s traditional partner, Cabernet Sauvignon.

INGREDIENTS

Lamb confit

  • 2kg lamb neck, trimmed, sinew removed
  • 200g sugar
  • 200g salt
  • 50g parsley stalks
  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • 2 litres canola oil

 

Roast parsley

  • 3 bunches flat leaf parsley ,washed, dried, trimmed

 

Mint syrup

  • 1/3 cup, chopped mint leaves, firmly packed
  • 95g raw sugar
  • 100g white sugar
  • 160ml water

METHOD

  1. Lamb confit: combine sugar, salt, parsley stalks and juniper berries in a bowl. Coat lamb neck in this mixture. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. For roast parsley: place parsley in a roasting pan and cover with foil. Roast for
    15 minutes or until tender. Remove from
    tray and season with sea salt.
  3. For the mint syrup: combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce mixture by half. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove lamb from cure and cover with oil. Place pan on the cook top, on a low very low heat for 160 mins or  place in a 160ºc pre-heated oven for 2 hours or until tender. Allow to cool.
  5. Increase oven to 200ºC. Lay parsley flat on a clean surface. Place lamb portion in the centre and brush heavily with mint syrup. Wrap each portion to create a parcel. Roast parcel for 4–5 minutes to warm through.
  6. Serve with pickled asparagus with green olive sauce.
Food
Preparation time
30 Mins
Cooking time
160 mins
Serves
8

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Words by Jackie Macdonald on 8 May 2018
Last time we spoke to Poh Ling Yeow, she was on the verge of launching the second series of her television show, Poh & Co., and had just opened her café, Jamface. This time, we’re catching up with her to talk about her baking book, Poh Bakes 100 Greats.  TV presenter, cook, baker, author, artist, café owner – a better cover star for our diversity issue would have been tough to find!  Not many people know Poh as a baker, a point she makes in the introduction to her book. But, in actual fact, it was her first great cooking love. So, this book was a long time coming.  “I’m really excited about it because I feel like it’s a book I would have written first if I’d had my own way,” she explains. “But everyone knew me for my South-East Asian food, so I had to buy a bit of time and come out as a baker before I could effectively sell a book about baking!”  Poh ‘came out’ by opening Jamface, her café in Adelaide’s Central Market at the end of 2015. While Jamface offers other eats, the main attractions are Poh’s great passion – cakes and pastries made from scratch on site. 

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