In our brand new series Life on a Plate, former Celebrity MasterChef winner Jayne Middlemiss meets with famous faces to discover their favourite dishes. Last week Jayne caught up with Corrie's Sean and his mum, and in this episode, she meets Esther Rantzen and her daughter, Rebecca Wilcox.
Desmond’s lamb with famous onion sauce
2kg leg of lamb
fresh bunch of rosemary
tin of anchovy fillets
jar of capers (small)
2 garlic bulbs
2 red onions
1.5kg potatoes - maris pipers
fresh ground pepper
For the white sauce
enough milk for a jug of sauce
4 large white onions
Preheat the oven to 190C/400F/Gas 6. Remove the lamb from the fridge and allow it to get to room temperature.
Finely chop capers, garlic, anchovies and rosemary and place them all into a bowl. Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon, a big glug of olive oil and stir well.
With a sharp thin knife, slit the surface of the lamb and use your hands to rub the herby mix all over the meat. Stuff a few sprigs of rosemary into the slits.
Roughly chop the red onions and place in a roasting tray. Sit the lamb joint on top of the onions and season with salt and pepper.
Place the lamb in the oven and leave to roast for 90 minutes (for medium) or until cooked to your liking.
At the end of cooking time, remove the lamb from the oven and leave it to rest in the roasting tin with some foil on top to keep it warm.
For the white sauce, first boil 4 white onions in water for 20 minutes until supple.
After melting butter in a pan, add the flour and gradually pour the milk whilst whisking until thick and creamy. Then add the onions.
After carving the lamb, pour over the onion sauce and serve with roast potatoes, peas and mint sauce.
Esther’s black and white ice cream pudding
vanilla ice cream
creme de cassis
Place a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream into a bowl.
Scatter a few blackberries over the ice cream.
Finally pour as much creme de cassis over the dessert as required. Simple.
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