• p8


    Shoulder of lamb

    1 shoulder of lamb, small, bone-in

    10g of smoked salt, Viking

    100g of maldon salt

    20g of ras el hanout

    vegetable oil

    Best end of lamb

    1 4-bone rack of English lamb, best end, French trimmed

    1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped

    2 small sprigs of thyme

    50g of lamb fat, rendered



    Mint oil

    2 bunches of mint, washed leaves only

    300g of oil


    2kg of lamb bones, chopped

    1kg of onion, finely sliced

    1l of chicken stock

    1l of veal stock

    500g of white wine

    1 green pepper

    1 red pepper

    1 garlic clove

    1 bunch of fresh thyme

    vegetable oil


    100g of sugar

    100g of white wine vinegar

    10g of salt

    1/2 pineapple, peeled

    Red pepper purée

    6 red peppers, seeds and stalk removed

    vegetable oil


    20 cobnuts, fresh

    20g of oil

    5g of ras el hanout

    1 pinch of salt

    1 tsp of honey

    To serve

    nasturtium leaves


    Begin by preparing the mint oil. Blanch the mint leaves in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes until they just start to soften. Drain well, refresh in iced water then drain again, squeezing out as much excess water as possible. Blend with the oil in a Robot Coupe for 10 minutes

    Prepare a double-layered muslin bag, tip the mint oil into the bag and hang over a bowl to collect all of the strained oil - this process should take 4-6 hours

    Meanwhile, prepare the lamb shoulder. Add the salts and ras el hanout to a bowl, mix to combine then rub the mix all over the shoulder. Preheat a barbecue or very large griddle pan until extremely hot and add the shoulder, searing on both sides until blackened

    Remove the shoulder and wrap tightly and thoroughly in cling film. Place on a perforated tray and into a steam oven or large steamer for 4 hours until the meat is soft and tender

    Once ready, remove and discard the cling film. Cut away any gristle using a sharp knife and carefully slide the bones out. Remove the skin and fat and chop the skin into a small dice. Shred the meat, reincorporate with the fat and skin and roll into a 4cm diameter ballotine, approximately 20cm in length. Place in the fridge to set

    For the sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan until very hot, then add the bones and cook until very well-coloured all over. Tip the bones and juices into a colander positioned over a bowl and deglaze the pan with the wine

    Add a dash of oil to a separate pan, place over a medium-high heat and add the onions. Cook until dark and golden. Tip the onions into a pressure cooker, along with the reserved browned bones, wine (from deglazing), veal and chicken stocks. Add the lid, cook over a medium heat for 2 hours then remove the pan from the heat. Allow the pressure cooker to equalise naturally

    Strain the contents of the pressure cooker through a chinois into a clean pan. Place over a medium-high heat and reduce by 2/3 until you are left with a very thin sauce. Finely chop the green pepper, thyme and garlic and add to the sauce

    Leave to infuse for 1 minute, then strain through a chinois into a bowl. Pass the sauce through a sieve lined with double muslin into another bowl, then repeat this last process with clean muslin

    To finish the sauce, blowtorch the red pepper until the skin is black and blistered. Wash off the burnt skin and remove the seeds, stalk and white flesh. Cut the remaining flesh into a brunoise (fine dice) and set aside until ready to serve

    Preheat the water bath to 85˚C

    To prepare the pineapple, add the sugar, salt and vinegar to a pan and bring to the boil. Keep boiling until thick and sticky, forming a gastrique, and allow to cool. Combine the pineapple and the gastrique in a vac pac bag, seal tightly and cook in the water bath for 25 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the bag and slice into portions

    For the red pepper purée, roughly chop the peppers. Heat a small dash of oil in a heavy-based pan, add the chopped peppers and cook for 1 minute. Cover the pan tightly with cling film to make it airtight and cook on a low heat until the peppers are soft

    Remove the cling film and tip the contents of the pan into a Thermomix. Blitz for 10 minutes, pass through a chinois and keep warm

    Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3.5

    For the cobnuts, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl (apart from the nuts), then add the nuts and toss to combine. Spread out on a lined baking tray and roast for 12 minutes

    Preheat the water bath to 58°C

    To prepare the best end of lamb, carefully cover the exposed bones with foil to avoid discolouration. Place the whole rack into a large vac pac bag with the rendered lamb fat, garlic and thyme and seal tightly, ensuring you are careful not to let the bones pierce the bag. Cook in the water bath for 70 minutes

    Once cooked, remove the rack from the bag and season all over. Place a large pan over a medium heat and once hot, add the lamb fat-side down. Cook until the fat has rendered down and is caramelised and golden

    Turn the rack over, add a generous knob of butter and once foaming, baste the meat with the butter for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes in a warm place

    Remove the ballotine of shoulder from the fridge and carefully cut into 4cm cylinders. Add a dash of oil to a hot pan and sear the ballotines, colouring all over until dark and golden

    To serve, warm the sauce and add the reserved brunoise of red peppers. Carve the rack into individual chops and place a ballotine of shoulder into the centre of each plate. Rest the chop against it, with the bone pointing high

    Dot the red pepper purée around the centre of the plates and add the pineapple and cobnuts. Spoon over the sauce, drizzle over some mint oil and add some nasturtium leaves to finish. Serve immediately