CHEF’S TIPS We often have grilled lamb on the menu at Spring, in one guise or another. Sometimes we rub the surface with some spices to give it a lovely Middle Eastern feel, which works so well with the flavour created from the flames on the grill. Here the lamb is just really well seasoned on the outside, allowing the sweet, earthy flavours of young carrots and beetroot to shine through. Butterflied Lamb with Roasted Beetroots and Carrots SERVES 6 Ingredients • A leg of Spring Lamb, about 2kg, boned and butterflied (ask your butcher to do this) • 4 garlic cloves, smashed but not peeled • 6 thyme sprigs • 7 tbsp olive oil • Juice of a lemon • A bunch of beetroot, scrubbed and halved lengthways • A bunch of carrots, scrubbed and larger ones halved lengthways • 5-6 ripe tomatoes • 3 rosemary sprigs, leaves only, chopped • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the olive and mint sauce • 100g pitted good quality black olives • A bunch of mint, leaves only • 100ml olive oil • 2tbsp red wine vinegar Instructions 1. Cut the lamb into 6 portions. Mix the garlic, thyme, 4 tbsp olive oil and the lemon juice together in a bowl large enough to hold the lamb. Add the lamb and turn to coat well. Cover and leave to marinate for at least two hours, turning occasionally. 2. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables and sauce. Preheat the oven to 200c/ Gas 6. For the sauce, roughly chop the olives and mint, combine in a bowl and add the olive oil, wine, vinegar and a good pinch of salt. Stir well and set aside. 3. Place the beetroot in a roasting tray, drizzle with 2tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover the tray tightly with foil and cook on the middle shelf of the oven for 30 minutes. Add the carrots to the tray, toss with the beetroot and roast, uncovered for 35 minutes or until both carrots and beetroot are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. 4. In the meantime, tear the tomatoes in half with your hands and place them in a bowl. Add the chopped rosemary and 1 tbsp of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to mix. Once the roasted vegetables are cooked, remove from the oven and add the tomatoes. Toss to combine and keep warm. 5. To cook the lamb, turn the grill high. Remove the meat from the marinade, pat dry and season well. Grill for a few minutes, turning as necessary to brown well all over, then turn the heat to low and cook for 6 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside in a warm place to rest for 10 minutes. 6. Slice the lamb and arrange on warm plates with the roasted vegetables. Spoon over some olive and mint sauce to serve.
FOOD “The process of nurturing seeds and watching vegetables grow is the best way to respect the richness of the earth” Top down: Spring restaurant at Somerset House, Heckfield’s farm produce, hearty food at Hearth and beautiful walled garden year in year out. I still feel very curious as a cook and like to keep pushing myself to grow and learn. Do you have a vision for Heckfield Place? I like simple but perfect food. When it’s pared back you haven’t got lots of things to distract. We use what’s growing in the ocean and the landscape surrounding us. Seasonal is a popular catchphrase that’s been co-opted by businesses in the past few years. If you say seasonal to any cook they’d talk about it but I don’t know how many cooks really understand the actual seasons. Animals are essential to farm life; they fertilise the soil and are part of the bigger picture with blood and bones becoming ashes to ashes. In terms of the world’s meat situation there is no question, we eat far too much of it. We raise too many cattle using industrialised farming methods. Are you achieving your aims to use produce from Heckfield’s estate and walled garden? Yes - I am really happy with how productive the vegetable gardens have been this year. Beautiful little eggs from the chickens, wonderful quinces, apples, pears, plums from the orchard and we are in the process of establishing a dairy and planting interesting varieties of grain and vegetables. What do you do to relax? I love pilates, reading, seeing friends, spending time with my kids and travelling. What’s your advice to get children to understand and appreciate food and cooking? Plant a vegetable garden. Nurturing seeds and watching vegetables grow is the best way to respect the richness of the earth. Otherwise they’ll grow up wanting mac ‘n’ cheese from a packet. I remember watering carrots at kindergarten and really wanting to eat them. Give them a nibble! Do you have an ‘Australian’ take on life, and how is living in Britain different to living in Australia? I think I have a straight talking quality that is very Australian - I also don’t have time for anything pretentious; definitely a quality from back home. And finally... what would you advise any chef who is setting out in the industry today? Find a kitchen who is working a way that resonates with who you are. Stay curious and humble, and be passionate! SPRI NG 19 ★ schoolnotices.co.uk 47