Recipe of the month – October

We have another delicious recipe to share with you this month from ESSE’s The Four Seasons Cook Book by Carol Bowen Ball…

St Clement’s Roast Lamb

2kg leg of lamb
2 oranges
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 lemons, sliced
3 tbsp dry white wine or white grape juice

1. Preheat the oven if necessary
to 200 ̊C/Fan 180 ̊C/Esse Dial Guide HOT.
(Aim for the dial reading to be in the middle of HOT).

2. Grate the zest from the oranges then cut the orange flesh into slices. Make several deep incisions over the surface of the lamb and season. Press the thyme and orange zest over the lamb and into the slits.

3. Place the orange and lemon slices in a large non-stick roasting tin and put the leg of lamb on the top. Open roast for about 11/4 hours for pink meat and about 11/2 hours for medium to well-done meat, basting occasionally. About 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time pour the wine or grape juice over the lamb and continue to roast.

4. When cooked, cover with foil
and leave to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Remove any excess fat from the cooking juices and use to make a gravy or jus if liked or stir into cooked seasonal vegetables or canned beans (like flageolet) as liked.


Roast potatoes or potatoes boulangère makes a fine accompaniment. Why not try roasting a mixture of white and sweet potatoes for variety?