Saturday, 23 April 2011

Is there anything finer?

Than a home cooked roast dinner?

One of the lovely things about having a glorious amount of spare days over the Easter break is the mood and  inclination to spend time preparing a huge roast from scratch.

The peeling, the preparing, the scoring, the baking and the carving. The timing. (My granny always joked that a roast was never hard to cook, but the timing to dish it all up, hot and crisp, was crucial....)

I like to lose myself in these simple preparations.

I have classical music on in my kitchen whilst the lovely husband gardens with children outside, and I am pottering, and it is safe and nice.

I shall lay a table later, with place mats, and napkins even.

And I shall nurture my roast potatoes (surely the very best bit of the meal?) carefully...

Pork for us, today, along with the roast spuds and some homemade apple and onion sauce. And steamed carrots, peas and corn.

Beef, lamb, pork? With gravy or without? And which veggies?

Tell me, what is YOUR favourite roast?


  1. Romina GarciaApril 23, 2011

    You had me at home cooked roast dinner.
    Yummo, roast potatoes, roast beef or pork or turkey...doesn't really matter. I don't discriminate.
    Just as long as the family is gathered around the table - it's all good :-)
    Although the potatoes are a carbalicious must.
    I have a very special relationship with carbs.
    Happy Easter :-)

  2. i love roasts. beef, chicken, pork don't care [though i probably favour chicken slightly over the others!].

    however we don't have them very often in our house because despite being married to an englishman - he doesn't like roasts that much. i "make" him have one at least every couple of months but it's met with not much enthusiasm! he eats it and says "it's ok" but there is definitely not much love there.

    and usually roast spuds and honey roasted carrots [my current fav! - just a teeny tiny bit of honey goes a long way] and there MUST be gravy the thicker and more of it the better - oh now you got me craving a roast!!!



  3. seasidechikApril 23, 2011

    MMM... Roast lamb with roasted sweet potato, potato, onion and steamed broccoli, cauli, carrots and peas with brown onin gravy is my favorite at the moment.

  4. Oh YUM! I haven't even started thinking about dinner yet. It won't be a roast though. Hubby is at work until late and we like to have a roast as a family...
    I really have no idea what we are having... off to go raid the freezer

  5. seraphimspApril 23, 2011

    I haven't cooked a roast in FOREVER. I think I will tomorrow though x

  6. PORK!! With loads of crackling. OMG. My stomach is about to explode with excitement at the look of those photos you've posted there ...

  7. Pork here too! With plenty of pan-gravy and apple sauce. Mmmmmmm, yours looks delicious! Is your nurtured roast potato recipe up for grabs??

  8. It's pretty evil. Easy, but dripping in lard. Literally....

    Preheat oven to 200`c
    Peel and chop spuds into roast potato size chunks
    Cover with cold water in a pan has a tight fitting lid
    Bring to boil, and boil for 3 mins
    Place a roasting tin with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or 30g lard into oven and heat
    When the fat is spitting hot, drain the potatoes from the saucepan and put the lid on and shake gently, to rough up the edges.
    Add to spitting hot fat with a handful of rosemary.
    Return to the oven and roast for 40 mins until golden and crispy. Baste in hot oil every 10 mins.
    Serve straight away...

  9. Me too. ♥ carbs TOO much.

  10. An Englishman that doesn't like a roast?! I'm amazed! My lovely husband is Australian, loves a roast, but refuses to eat gravy - even my homemade baffles me...

  11. Roasted onion.....ummmmm.

  12. You make a good point Amy - a roast is a family meal, always. Little point unless the whole fam is gathered...

  13. Get thee to a butcher...(or the freezer?!)

  14. Crackling. I had cravings for salty fat. What else better?! xx

  15. Di - I use a craft knife for the crackling. For real. Easy as. Promise. You should try. Hubs wouldl LOVE!

  16. Just finished roast chook here - potatoes, pumpkin, onion, carrot, peas, gravy. Oh....actually I could do it all again right now!!!!!! mmmmm...we love family dinners when it's roast night!!

  17. Pumpkin. My husband loves it. I am not so much of a fan - in the UK, it is pig food only. I am OK with it if its done on a Weber...

  18. Mmm, this looks delicious. I made myself a great pasta dish tonight from weight watcher. Very nice also :-)


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