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French Braised Leg of Lamb


Serve this French-style leg of lamb, flavoured with fresh Rosemary and plenty of Garlic,  for a special occasion.


2kg Leg of Lamb

4 Cloves of Garlic

4 Sprigs of fresh Rosemary

18 Shallots

150ml Red Wine

2 Tablespoons Flour

275ml Lamb Stock


1. Heat the oven to 180˚C.

2. Cut the garlic into thick slivers.

3. Make small cuts all over the lamb with the point of a sharp knife and insert the slivers of garlic into the cuts.

4. Push some rosemary leaves into each cut, allowing them to stick out a little bit.

5. On the stove top, heat the oil in a large roasting tin.

6. Add the shallots and the rest of the rosemary and let this infuse the oil for about 2 minutes.

7. Stir in the wine and 150ml water.

8. Place the lamb upside down in the tin, cover with foil and cook for 1 hour.

9. Take the lamb out of the oven, turn it over and cook for another hour without the foil.

10. 15 Minutes before the end of cooking turn the oven up to 200˚C.

11. Remove the lamb from the oven, take out of the tin, cover with lightly with foil and let it rest.

12. Skim most of the fat off from the meat juice and put the tin on the hob over a low heat. Bring to the boil, scraping the bottom of the tin to incorporate any crusty bits.

13. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually pour in the stock and bring to the boil, Simmer for 4 minutes. or until the gravy thickens.

14. Serve at once with the lamb and the shallots.

Tips: Remember, if the wine is not good enough to drink, it’s not good enough to cook with.

Photo: R Duns


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Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

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  1. Nel, you sharing your life with your babies wonderful enjoy reading your stories have a wonderful day thank you


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