Sunday Lunch

Like a lot of folk, I seem to be experiencing quite a bit of bother getting onto and staying on the site, so hope this post is going to get through ok.

Slow Cooked Lamb Hotpot. ( Using a slow cooker)

350g sliced lamb neck fillet ( about 24 nice sized slices)

500g carrots, scrubbed, trimmed and quartered.

200g onion, thinly sliced.

2 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced.

600g peeled weight potatoes, sliced thinly ( I use a mandolin). ( you don't have to peel but I prefer them peeled in this dish).

100g passatta.

1tsp dried thyme.

15g flour ( any).

1/4tsp ground pepper.

1 tsp oil.

1 lamb stock cube.

Put the flour and pepper in a bag, add the lamb and shake. In a big pan heat the oil and add the onion and stir, add the lamb and stir for a couple of minutes ( yes you will find it is sticking to the pan base a little, this is normal, keep stirring). Pour in 100ml hot water and stir to unstick the bits from the pan bottom, add the garlic and stir for a minute. Add 250ml hot water, the passatta, carrots, stock cube and thyme. Stir well then cover and bring the pan to a bubble. Whilst the pan is getting to the bubble, preheat your slow cooker to high, then transfer the pan contents to it. Arrange the thinly sliced potato in layers over the top and press down a little so the liquid spills over the top. Cover with the lid.

Now you have many options, either cook on high for 4 hours, or cook on high for 1 hour then low for about 6 hours. Or put everything in before you go to bed and turn the cooker to low to cook overnight and through the next day until you want to eat it. Whichever method you use, 10 minutes before serving I like to heat the grill and pop the dish under to crisp the top layer of potato. Personal choice though.

This serves 5 at 332kcals a serving. I add 100g steamed caulie, and 100g steamed broccoli to my plate for an extra 58 kcals, making my dinner 390kcals and 4 portions of my '5 a day'.

You could do this in a low oven if you don't have a slow cooker, 160*C for about 6 hours.

So this my Sunday Lunch for today, the smells coming from the kitchen are divine and I can't wait to tuck in later. The kids are having apple and blackberry crumble with custard too adding another portion to their '5 a day'.

What's on your menu today? Have a lovely Sunday everyone. ๐Ÿ˜Š


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  • I am salivating just reading this post !! I'm also having lamb today, but making some lean lamb steaks into a curry tonight (with a spicy tomato based sauce) and my new found friend, cauliflower rice :-) Hope you enjoy your lunch (like there's any danger you aren't going to with that menu planned !)

  • Yours sounds yummy too lucca. Still haven't tried caulieflower rice yet, but am intending too. I am having trouble with the site. Keeps logging me out, denying me access, not letting me respond to others posts, etc... I am reading posts where and when I can before I am cut off though, it's just frustrating not to be able to support/ respond to others posts. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

  • Yeah - I'm having the same problems as well - I think there are some site gremlins somewhere :-(

  • I'm wondering if it can cope with the amount of members, the site seems to be getting very, very popular. Certain times are a lot more difficult than others, maybe we are all trying to log in at similar times. Whatever it is, I wish it would get sorted๐Ÿ˜ก

  • Ooh Shellie,

    Another on for the book. I've had a slow cooker for years and never used it , I was always too busy !!! Maybe now is the time to start !! If I leave the garlic out Mr Flossie would love it.

    If I cooked it through the night the dog would never get to sleep he does like to guard the oven lol

  • Wonder if it would be classed as animal torture lol. I am laughing at the thought of you coming down to your pooch sitting in a drool puddle flossie. I am sure you would be forgiven if he was dished up a bowlful though. I have been looking at your caulie rice post, can't respond to others posts at the minute though frustratingly. ๐Ÿ˜•

  • It all seems a bit odd, I have got your 2 posts no bother but I think it was yesterday others were having problems as well.

    There's no chance Calvin ( the dog) would leave anything to dish up, we've had him 7 years and the only thing he does not like is fresh fruit !!! so maybe if I slow cooked a fruit salad lol

    Hope your gremlins get sorted we all need to hear from you and your recipes !!๐Ÿ›๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฑ


  • Aww, thanks flossie. It's nice to feel wanted. โ˜บ๏ธ

  • That sounds just wonderful!

  • This flipping site!!!! Just submitted a reply to you and heaven knows where it has gone, gggrrrrrrr.

    Trying again. It was lovely Pp, I had an 'ear' from an Epi loaf with it that I bought from the nearby windmill when I took my friend earlier to try and cheer her a little. I bought her cake and a cuppa, settling for the just a cuppa myself. The bread soaked up the wonderful gravy of the hotpot. The windmill grinds the flour and makes/bakes the bread in a woodfired oven, the bread goes straight onto the stone base and the taste and texture is just amazing. Real bread, totally organic. I know I am supposed to be reducing my carb intake, but I am unrepentant about the bread. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Hi Shellie, how amazing....and so memorable. This , in my opinion, is what we're really learning to do on this plan. To get out and enjoy life ...and that includes experiences like the wonderful one you described....

  • I used to make most of my own bread and only bought other bread from the windmill up until a couple of years ago. Life gets in the way sometimes and things slip. I rarely make bread now as my carpel tunnel plays up when kneading ( won't use a bread machine, bought one and hated it - no 'soul' to the process) and only go to the windmill every couple of months now. I used to get all my flour from there too, they grind 11 types of flour, all organic. The family does miss the 'real deal' bread and pounce on it like starving vultures if I get some, lol.

    I am having the herb fougasse with homemade sweetcorn chowder today. From tonight it's my long week in work, so the kids cook their own teas 'from the freezer' as I sleep ( try to sleep). I try to batch cook lots of homemade recipes and freeze so they can just take out a big dish and reheat it. Tomorrow will be 'cowboy pie' which I will take out tonight before I leave for work and defrost in the fridge. It has lots of veggies and beans in as I know they won't bother doing any to serve with it.

    Hope you have a fab week Portlandprincess. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Nigella 2...!

    Cowboy pie...anything like the desperate Dan pie of yesteryear?

  • How do I describe it, wellll, it's a merge of chilli, meatballs, sausages and shepherds pie. A sort of mismatch, lol. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Sounds delish!

    Found a brand new Donna Hay cookbook at the opshop for $5 so have been going through that one and had Honey Seared Salmon with Coriander Noodles. Its about 400 cals a serve and could be bought down a little quite easily.


    550g salmon fillets

    2 tbsp honey

    cracked black pepper


    1 package rice noodles

    ยฝ cup coriander leaves

    1/3 cup shredded mint leaves

    1/3 cup basil leaves, halved

    2 zucchinis, shredded

    1 tbsp lime juice

    2 tbsp soy sauce

    2 tbsp honey

    Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and let cool. Combine noodles with coriander, mint, basil, zucchini, tomatoes, lime juice, soy sauce and honey.

    Cut salmon into 2 cm wide strips, toss with honey and pepper. Heat in a non-stick frying pan over high heat for 1 minute on each side, or until honey is golden.

    This is so simple and quick but is a real winner taste wise

  • Sounds lovely Dave, I shall make it for my daughter who is a huge salmon fan. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Looks yummy! How many serves does it make?

  • The hotpot or Daves salmon recipe hun? The hotpot serves 5, looking at the amount if salmon in Daves I would assume 4 servings. Is this right Dave1961? ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I was wondering about Dave's salmon, though the hotspot looks delish too. I'll go with 4servings, sounds about right. Thanks!

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