Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Ascension of the Lamb

The Thursday past and tomorrow, depending on your Bishop, is the feast of the Ascension, and tonight the Tavern feasts.

The Lamb who takes away the sins of the world leaves us to take His place at the right hand of the Father, and we here celebrate in the restaurant with.... lamb. 

Of course. 

In fine memory and anticipation of Holy Communion tomorrow.

A gentleman from a rival supplier came by to visit the kitchens. I say 'rival' in a friendly way. His supplies may not have the same qualities but are a fine enough back-up on occasion.

So he showed us a recipe and guided the chef.  He'd got his hands on Matt Moran's famous lamb shoulder recipe to share with us.  For those so inclined to take their time in the kitchen - I know some of you do - here is what we are serving tonight and how we prepared it.
This impressive yet simple dish pairs perfectly with the toasted caramel notes of the new James Boag Epicurean RED.
Brine solution
80 grams of salt
100 grams of sugar
2000 ml of water
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of Juniper berries
2 cloves

The Lamb
1 lamb shoulder on the bone (about 1.3 kg), trimmed

25 ml of vegetable oil
1 bulb garlic
4 sprigs of rosemary
1 tablespoon of table salt
1 litre of lamb stock

1. In a mortar and pestle, crush the juniper berries, clove and black pepper.
2. Bring water to a boil and add salt, sugar, and crushed spices.
3. Once the salt and sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool.
4. Strain through a fine sieve to remove the crushed spices.
5. Once cold, cover the lamb shoulder in the brine solution and leave in the fridge for 3 hours.
6. Remove lamb and place into a deep baking tray.
7. Pick the rosemary, reserving the stalks, and chop the garlic and rosemary and mix with the salt and vegetable oil.
8. Rub the rosemary mix over the lamb.
9. Pour the lamb stock into the tray, up to halfway up the lamb shoulder.
10. Place a sheet of baking paper over the whole tray and then tightly wrap in foil.

11. Place in a 100 ˚c oven for 10 hours, or until the lamb is tender and falls off the bone.
12. Remove foil and pour 1/2 the lamb stock through a fine sieve into a container.
13. Cover the lamb with foil and place into the fridge to cool.
14. While cooling, skim the fat from the lamb stock and place on the stove.
15. Bring to a boil and reduce by half.
16. Turn oven up to 180 ˚c and add reduced stock to lamb and place in oven, uncovered until the lamb is golden brown.
17. Remove from stock and serve, accompanied by a cold James Boag Epicurean RED.

And while you are sitting, eating your fill, perhaps you would like to see a few more fine recipes and some excellent Tasmanian Touring route suggestions.  Have a squiz at the James Boag exhibits. 


Wash it all down with fine drink from the Tavern.



  1. Ariana is only 24, Amfortas, still learning the lessons of youth as we discussed.

    Nobody is responsible for terrorism but the terrorists themselves, domestic or foreign, Muslim or Christian (like the Christian man who killed 2 in Portland Oregon yesterday, defending Muslim women he attacked.)

    Thus, IMO, it isn't the religion, it's the personality easily prone to being manipulated by religious propaganda going both ways.

    The young want to fit in, belong to a family. Unfortunately, Hollywood, the music industry, ISIS and the wrong kind of Christian churches offer them a sense of belonging.

    We don't have to accept them, either, but pronouncing them as "bad" may only push them further into the arms of the truly deplorable.

    1. First, we don't have arguements in the restaurant. Second, 'only 24' Lessons of youth? Is that some sort of excuse? Men of 24 have commanded ships and led armies. I cannot call them 'bad' lest I push them to be badder? Nonsense.

    2. My apologies for commenting in the wrong spot.

      Melania is a year younger than me, making her 27 at the time of her lesbian photos. Why benefit of the doubt for her - because she doesn't agree with your politics?

      The rest of my reply is below. I only came back because you asked me if I prayed for Ariana and I replied all day, along with everyone else affected, as well as cried several times.

      However, here was the first prayer I gave that was public.

      Like I said, you have my email. Contact me when you stop character assassinating targets of terrorist attacks, making everything a male and female competitions or teacher and student instead of Christian friends and brother and sister.

      Until then, peace be with you.

    3. PS And this first comment wasn't meant as argument, I was simply pointing out she is younger than Melania was when she made a mistake. However, at this point, I've said my piece.

      Peace be with you.

    4. I am sure Ariana will have some thoughts about you praying for her all day long.

  2. I am grateful for the lamb who sacrificed his life for US.

    I am humbled that he has graced me with His presence on two occasions.


Ne meias in stragulo aut pueros circummittam.

Our Bouncer is a gentleman of muscle and guile. His patience has limits. He will check you at the door.

The Tavern gets rowdy visitors from time to time. Some are brain dead and some soul dead. They attack customers and the bar staff and piss on the carpets. Those people will not be allowed in anymore. So... Be Nice..