Thursday, February 28, 2013

Boxes of Goodness!



Last month FarmGal wrote about having some of her farm raised lamb for sale and I lamented that I wished I lived closer so I could purchase some. She immediately emailed me about the possibility of shipping it and after a lot of back and forth we finally figured out a way to get it here to Toronto. So last week a box of frozen meat (lamb, pork and beef), along with some special treats made it's way here, only to find me holed up in hotel, working night and day at a Folk Music conference! I finally managed to retrieve my box on Tuesday and was overjoyed with all the bounty!

In addition to the meat I purchased, FarmGal included some curing salt, 3 bars of her homemade sheep's milk soap, a garden sign and a ball of the prettiest wool ever!

As if that wasn't glorious enough, that same day FoodShare decided to gift all of our employees with a large box of organic produce, so along with all the delicious meats I also arrived home with a box full of lettuce, red peppers, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, bananas, apples, oranges, lemons and 2 avocados! And to top it off, the friend who transported the box of meat all the way from near Ottawa (and kept it in her freezer for a week!) also brought me another dozen of the beautiful eggs from her sister's farm. It was like Christmas, only better!

Since we are still without an oven, last night we had dinner with friends who cooked up a feast of  roasted leg of lamb, sautéed chard, mashed turnip and steamed potatoes in browned butter. The lamb was the best I've ever eaten! It was a fabulous meal, made better by sharing with good friends, and the knowledge that the food we were eating was grown with pride and care. I brought the leg bone home and it is currently simmering in the stock pot to make a rich lamb broth- I don't want to waste a bit of the goodness that Farmgal lovingly put into that lamb!

3 comments:

  1. That's so awesome! intrigued about the homemade goats milk soap!! I made a slow roasted lamb shoulder with anchovies, garlic and rosemary. Yes, anchovies. Cut slits onto the meat, with a mortar and pestle bash up black peppercorns, garlic, anchovies and rosemary and a glug of olive oil. then massage this wonderful oil throughout the meat, fill in any crannies. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight, (when your oven is working) chuck it in on high for 30 mins (or pan sear) then low 120C for a few hours... yummers.

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  2. Oh that sounds delish! I love anchovies. Have to try that when I get more of Farmgal's lamb!

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