Love lamb and want to make something delicious this Australia Day? While lamb cutlets are delicious, they can be expensive. But not lamb ribs, one of the most delicious and succulent cuts that is also cheap as chips. And what better way to prepare delectable sticky lamb ribs than with a rosemary, garlic and lemon marinade and a mint sauce!
Dear Reader, if you love eating lamb then these are truly mouth watering and lip smackingly good. I made one lot and then quickly regretted it wishing I had made two because they were so good so my recipe is for the double quantity. The rosemary, garlic and lemon is the predominant aroma (for those of you that don't like the aroma of lamb) and they are so deliciously juicy that you may find yourself making these whenever you see lamb ribs.
Having travelled a bit and experienced different cultures, it really shows to me how unique Australians are, particularly with their senses of humour. Aussies don't tend to take a lot of things seriously (that can be a good and bad thing) and are always up for a laugh perhaps because we are relatively carefree, generally speaking of course. For Mr NQN and I, the people we tend to be friends with tend to share a similar sense of humour. Take South African Nina and English Australian Garth who we see quite a bit.
We have a little tradition (warning: off colour language coming up!) whenever we have to transfer each other money from dinner or going out. Nina and I send the funds using dodgy descriptions. She has sent me funds under "butt plug" and I've sent her some under "escort services" and we volley back and forth like that.
This week we needed to send them some money so I asked Mr NQN to do it as he was on his computer at the time. I told him "Put it under 'genital wart removal'".
However he refused to do it. "They're going to think I'm paying her to get them removed from me," he explained.
"Who is they? So what?" I responded. But because he does love a prank or two, a little bit later he started laughing.
"I've got one. It's called a rusty trombone," he said. I have to admit that I didn't know that one specifically (and Dear Reader don't look it up if you're not up for something X rated!). But it was perfect and subtle enough to quell Mr NQN's embarrassment.
I messaged Nina, "He is laughing his head off. I think that means he paid you." "Hahaha I look forward to it," she replied with a laugh.
So tell me Dear Reader, where are most of your friends from? What do you mostly have in common? Do you have a similar sense of humour?
Sticky Lamb Ribs With Mint Sauce
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour marinating time
Cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- 2 rack lamb ribs (also sold as lamb brisket)
- 6 rosemary sprigs
- 2 heads garlic, top and base chopped off and garlic cloves, smashed
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup mint leaves, chopped
- 100g/3.5ozs. sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
Lamb ribs are available at larger butchers or wholesalers. You can also order these in and they are about a third of the price of cutlets (sometimes even cheaper). They are a fatty cut (hey it's lamb) so it's not for the fat phobic.
Step 1 - Remove the membrane flap from the lamb (this will be quite tough and chewy). Marinate the lamb ribs with the rosemary, garlic and lemon juice for 1 hour. Place them meat side down in a deep baking dish with 1.5 cups of the chicken stock and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 1 more hour at 140C/ 284F.
Step 2 - Remove from the oven, add 1 cup of stock and cook for another hour. Then add another 1/2 cup of stock. The lamb should be tender. Allow to cool so that it is easier to handle.
Step 3 - While the lamb is baking make the mint sauce. Place the mint leaves, sugar, water and vinegar in a small saucepan and heat until reduced and becoming syrupy.
Step 4 - Cut into ribs and place back on the dish. Brush the mint sauce on the ribs and then bake in a 200C/400F oven for 15-20 minutes or until caramelised.