Spicy Honey-Roasted Leg Of Lamb

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Celebrate Spring with this spicy-sweet leg of lamb!

Ingredients

Marinade

6 large cloves garlic, peeled, and coarsely chopped

1/2 ounce fresh ginger, peeled, and coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon garam masala

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red chile powder

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

Kosher salt

Lamb

1 leg of lamb (about 5 pounds)

Honey rub

3 1/2 ounces blanched almonds

3 1/2 ounces Greek yogurt, plain

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

Directions

For the marinade: Blend together the garlic, ginger, garam masala, cumin, coriander, black pepper, chile powder, lemon juice, vegetable oil, water, and salt, to taste.

For the lamb: Trim the excess fat and membranes from the leg of lamb. Make deep regular cuts all over the flesh with a paring knife. Rub the marinade into the lamb, making sure you get it into the deep cuts. Place the lamb in a plastic food bag with the remaining marinade and leave in the refrigerator, for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours, or ideally for 24 hours.

For the honey rub: Blend together 2 ounces of the almonds, the yogurt, and 1/2 the honey in a blender or food processor. Take the lamb out of the refrigerator and remove from the plastic bag. Rub the honey blend into the lamb, and leave the lamb for at least 30 minutes, or ideally for another 2 hours, covered, in the refrigerator. Remove the lamb from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before cooking.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the lamb on a rack with a roasting pan placed underneath the lamb on the rack below. Cook for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees F, and cook for another 1 hour 40 minutes, or until the meat juices run fairly pink when pierced, basting every 20 to 30 minutes.

Scatter the remaining almonds and drizzle the remaining honey over the lamb and roast for another 10 minutes. Check if the meat is cooked using a meat thermometer. The temperature should be 130 degrees F for rare to 150 degrees F for well done, depending on the desired degree of doneness.

Remove the lamb from the oven. Loosely cover the lamb with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Pour out the juices, spoon off any excess fat, and serve it on the side.

Spice-Brined Honey Lemon Chicken

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Yes, I practice Zen and yes, I eat meat.

I’ve tried being a vegetarian. Heck, I was even a vegan for a few weeks. I didn’t gain clarity. Instead, my hair starting falling out.

I went to my Teacher with my plight. He told me it’s all about intention and gratitude and that even the Dalai Lama eats chicken. So I’ve got that going for me.

I think the Dalai Lama would like this recipe.

Yield:  4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons black peppercorns

3 teaspoons coriander seeds

8 cups water

1 cup Kosher salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/3 cup honey

Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage

1 cup water

One 4- to 5-pound roasting chicken

Directions

To brine the chicken: Put the 1 tablespoon black peppercorns and 2 teaspoons coriander seeds into a saucepan and toast over medium-low heat, swirling the pan, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of the water and the salt, raise the heat to medium-high, and stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the remaining 6 cups water and the red pepper flakes. Let cool to room temperature.

Rinse the chicken well under cold water. Transfer to a large sturdy plastic bag or pan just large enough to hold it. Pour the brine over the chicken, making sure it is completely immersed. Refrigerate overnight.

Mix honey, lemon zest and juice until combined. Melt butter and whisk in until smooth. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

Position a rack in a roasting pan. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse well under cold running water. Pat the chicken completely dry with paper towels and set it on the rack in the pan. Let the chicken come to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coarsely crush the remaining black peppercorns and coriander seeds and add to honey lemon mixture. Stir in the rosemary and sage.

Pat the chicken again with paper towels to make sure it is completely dry. Brush the honey/lemon/pepper/ spice mixture evenly over the surface of the chicken, coating the whole bird. Return to the rack in the pan and pour 1 cup of water into the pan.

Roast the chicken for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325°F and continue roasting until the chicken is golden brown and the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. Add water 1/2 cup at a time to the pan if it starts to dry out. Let the chicken stand for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Serve with steamed broccoli and wild rice.

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 9 – Salmon Salad With Honey, Capers And Dill

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This is another of my favorite recipes.  The honey glaze on the salmon blends beautifully with the raspberry vinegar!

Yield:  2 to 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound , Honey Raspberry Glazed Salmon, chilled

1/2 cup small-diced celery (1 1/2 stalks)

1/4 cup small-diced red onion (1/2 small onion)

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1 tablespoon capers, drained

1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar

1 tablespoon good olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Break the salmon into very large flakes, removing any skin and bones, and place the salmon in a bowl. Add the celery, red onion, dill, capers, raspberry vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Season, to taste. Mix well and serve cold or at room temperature.

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day Two – Grilled Tuna Salad With Avocado and Honey

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The Diet is going well!  I haven’t felt a bit deprived and I’ve already lost a pound! I’m pretty sure I could live on Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Cinnamon.  🙂

I don’t want to get bored, though, so here is another delicious Romancing The Bee Diet recipe. Enjoy!!

Grilled tuna salad

Yield:  2-4 servings

Ingredients

1 pound very fresh tuna steak, 1-inch thick

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for sprinkling

Grated zest of 1 lime

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon honey

5 dashes Tabasco sauce

1 minced scallion, white and green parts

1 firm, ripe Haas avocado, medium and diced

1/8 cup finely diced red onion

Directions

Brush a heated grill pan with oil. Brush both sides of the tuna with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cook the tuna for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. The tuna will be cooked on the outside and raw inside. Allow to cool slightly and cut it into medium-diced pieces.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, wasabi powder, honey, soy sauce, Tabasco, 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the sauce to the tuna, add the scallion, avocados, and red onion, and mix well. The sauce will “cook” the raw parts of the tuna after it sits for a few minutes.

New Year’s Eve Rack Of Lamb

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I always cook for my neighbors on New Year’s Eve, and this is what we’re having this year. I’ll post recipes for the rest of the meal later today!

Yield Serves 4

Ingredients

2 full racks of lamb (about 2 1/2 pounds), frenched

4 teaspoons olive oil

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs

3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary

3 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with oven rack in center. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Rub lamb with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, and sear until golden brown all over (including ends), about 3 minutes per side. Place on a baking sheet. Let stand until cool, about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, rosemary, garlic, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

In another bowl, combine honey and Dijon Mustard.  Brush lamb with honey/mustard mixture, making sure the entire surface is covered.

Pat seasoned breadcrumbs over racks (reserve any remaining breadcrumbs for another use), covering Dijon in an even layer. Return to baking sheet, and roast until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 130 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before carving into individual chops.

Holidays With Honey – Honey Guacamole

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Guacamole is so festive, all green and red!  This will be gone in minutes…

Yield:  3 cups

Ingredients

4 ripe Haas avocados

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

8 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded, and small-diced

Directions

Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl.  Immediately add the lemon juice, honey, hot sauce, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced. Add the chopped cilantro and diced tomatoes. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.

Honey Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

“We kids feared many things in those days – werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School – but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.”

Dave Barry, Miami Herald Columnist
‘Dave Barry’s Bad Habits’ (1987)

This is a Brussels sprout recipe that even Dave Barry would love…

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts

1/2 pound of butter

2 tablespoons honey

Kosher salt to taste

Directions:

If using fresh, trim Brussels sprouts (remove bottom core section and cut in half). Bring a salted pot of water to a rolling boil and blanch the sprouts, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. They should still retain some bite when you take them out. Drain the sprouts and place them on a sheet tray and cool. Pick them over, removing any loose leaves.

If using frozen, cook per package directions.

Brown butter in a large sauté pan. Pan should be extremely hot. Butter should sizzle, then foam, and at the point when the foam has disappeared, the sprouts should be added and tossed in order until covered with the butter. Be careful not to overcrowd the skillet — there should be enough room for the sprouts to make contact with the surface of the pan without being piled on top of each other. Turn flame down to about the lowest flame possible, 2 to 3 on a scale of 10.

Cook undisturbed for about thirty minutes.  After that time, toss periodically. The idea here is to give the sprouts sufficient enough time to be in contact with the skillet in order to properly brown. Add two tablespoons of honey to caramelize. If the pan appears to be too dry, extra brown butter can be added.

After approximately 2 to 3 hours, the sprouts should be mostly caramelized. Place them on a towel-lined tray to absorb excess butter. Season to taste with kosher salt.

Stuffed Mushrooms With Honey

I love stuffed mushrooms!  These are good hot or cold.

Ingredients:

Large mushrooms for stuffing 5-6
1 anchovy fillet in oil (optional)
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt and pepper
parmesan reggiano

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Gently wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel to clean them. Remove the stems and reserve.
Chop the mushroom stems, anchovy and garlic. Place in a bowl with the bread mixture, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the mushroom stems and bread mixture and saute for 5 minutes.
Lay the mushroom caps on an oiled tray, hollowed side up. Lightly salt and fill with the bread mixture. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and drizzle each with honey and olive oil.
You can sprinkle with a little parmesan reggiano if you like. Bake about 15 minutes until soft and they are ready to serve.

Fourth Of July – Fresh Corn And Tomato Salad With Honey

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 ears fresh corn, husked (about 4 cups corn kernels)

2 cups sliced tomatoes

1 bunch scallions (white and green), thinly sliced

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves

 
Whisk the vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a smooth dressing.

Shear off the corn kernels with a sharp knife over a bowl. Toss in the tomatoes, scallions, and mozzarella. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat. Cover and let set for 15 minutes or up to 2 hours. Before serving tear the basil over the salad and stir.

Honey Vinaigrette Salmon Salad

This is a perfect summer salad! It is unbelievably good, and healthy too!!

Ingredients

• 2 pounds cooked salmon, chilled
• 1 cup small-diced celery (3 stalks)
• 1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
• 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
• 2 tablespoons capers, drained
• 2 tablespoons honey apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons good olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 
Directions

Break the salmon into very large flakes, removing any skin and bones, and place the salmon in a bowl. Add the celery, red onion, dill, capers, honey vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Season, to taste. Mix well and serve cold or at room temperature.