I love Jamie Oliver.
Well, maybe love is kind of a strong word, but you get the idea.
I've made many a recipe from his collections and I've never, ever been disappointed.
His dishes have a certain relaxed flair to them.
I like to think of them as, easy elegance.
It was my husbands birthday a couple weeks back
and since he didn't want to go out for dinner to celebrate,
I figured I'd make a special meal at home.
After some serious pouring over cookbooks for inspiration,
I decided on Jamie Oliver's
from his Italy cookbook, one of my all time favorites.
The stuffing has pinenuts, olives, bread and herbs,
and brings this wonderful warm and savory,
extremely aromatic accompaniment to the leg of lamb.
It gets roasted with baby potatoes,
fresh rosemary and whole unpeeled garlic cloves.
It's a unfussy recipe to prepare but the finished plate results are beautiful.
For the last 15 minutes I roasted some mini courgettes in the pan to finish out the meal.
I cheated a little on the dessert with some
store bought mini cheesecakes from Whole Foods,
but I made homemade raspberry sauce to accompany them.
So easy and so delicious.
Raspberries, sugar, a little water,
the juice and zest of one lemon.
Simmer until the sugar melts, cool and put through a blender.
It keeps for about a week in the refrigerator and is so good over ice cream!!
It was a lovely family evening at home.
To me those are the best birthdays.
Great food and time with the people that you love.