Tom: You hadn’t cooked this cut of lamb before, right?
Kirstin: I had to ask the butcher. And when I picked it up, he said are you going to be putting this on the blog? It was Drings. And I said: yeah!
Tom: I liked the lamb because it had crackling! Pork is boring but has crackling. Lamb is tasty but doesn’t. So lamb with crackling is the perfect combination.
Phil: I liked the crackling. That’s got to be the consensus view.
Kate: I liked the crusty rump.
Kirstin: I liked the gravy.
Jen: Was the icecube idea her idea?
Kirstin: Yes. It’s a great tip in the book. You decant all the fluid from the meat, put a couple of icecubes in, the fat solidifies and then it’s easy to scrape it off the top! I didn’t believe her. But it was fantastic! Magical!
Jen: Will you use it in future, even if it’s not a Rachel O’Rachel recipe?
Kirstin: Oh yes! Definitely.
Tom: And the spinach and mint and orzo was good, too. And it was a warm salad!
Kirstin: It had lots of surprise ingredients, like spring onions and mint.
Kate: It was a lovely interaction of flavours. It was quite silken.
Kirstin: There was cream. And mustard! And hidden mushrooms.
Tom: Wow. It was half-way to a risotto, even. It was lovely.
Phil: Yes, that was amazing.
Jen: It was different. It was really fragrant.
Kate: The tiramisu was delicious. Not too sweet.
Phil (fuelled by coffee): It was a fucking triumph! 12 out of 10!
Kirstin: It wasn’t too much work. Not at all. I did have to do a bit of layering. The only problem was that there was a bit of liquid left over. So I didn’t put it all in. You don’t want it swimming, like a soup.
Kate: What were the biscuits?
Kirstin: They were boudoir biscuits, soaked in coffee and rum. It was supposed to be brandy. But we didn’t have any.
Kate: I think it worked nicer with rum. It’s a really warm flavour.
Phil: Mmmm. MMMMMM.
Kate: Phil is now blissed out.
Tom: He’s too much of that fleur-de-sel chocolate. And very strong coffee. I can’t believe that coffee is putting you to sleep, Phil! It’s Nespresso’s 12/10 maximum intensity flavour!
Kate: This looks like a lovely book.
Kirstin: It has cocktails too. And all these recipes were supremely easy.
Kate: Ooh, poached monkfish looks good. With toasted hazelnut salsa! I’m going to do fish on Christmas Eve.