Tag Archives: Lamb

2019 Cookery Project — Easter Lunch

Easter Lunch

Easter Lunch

A full plate. It’s a holiday!

Clockwise from the top, we have rosemary roasted onions, made with garlic, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and rosemary, then sliced leg of lamb, with more garlic and more rosemary. There’s a dab of store-bought mint jelly at six o’clock.

The star of the show was the serving of Brussels sprouts with onion and crumbled bacon.


★ Disaster. Inedible. Poisoned the cat.
★★ OK, but once is enough.
★★★ Mixed results. Something went wrong, but might try this again.
★★★★ Good, but lacks that special something. for the onions.
★★★★★ Excellent. Goes into my “This is a winner” file. for the Brussels sprouts.

Lamb to the Slaughter

This seems an appropriate place for a certain memorable video.

From 1955 through 1962, Alfred Hitchcock hosted a television anthology series called Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock only directed 17 of the 268 episodes—in those days, a television season could run to 40 weekly episodes—but he hosted all of them, displaying the famous Hitchcock dark humour during his introduction and closing comments to each show, and mildly trolling his advertisers before the mid-show commercials. His appearances were sometimes the best part of the episodes.

Here’s one of the classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents stories, written by Roald Dahl, starring an absolutely-perfect-in-the-part Barbara Bel Geddes, and directed by A. Hitchcock himself. It’s called Lamb to the Slaughter.


Lamb — Food of the Gods

I’ve posted in the past about the wonderful ads used to promote Australian beef and lamb. Like this most recent one, they’re often controversial—vegans, in particular, seem to object to them, for some reason—but always brilliant.

Here’s one from last year:

You can see two more at the above link.

Happy Australia Day!

Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia, is celebrated on 26 January, which marks the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788. Late January is high summer in Australia, so what better way to celebrate than by throwing some shrimp lamb on the barbie?

WAMMCO* observes the holiday by running a marketing television campaign for Australian lamb. In 2016, it was about Operation Boomerang, a “mission to save Australians abroad from going without the essential lamb barbecue on Australia Day.”

The ad attracted some criticism, because what doesn’t? Vegetarians didn’t like it, and some indigenous Australians and their supporters are opposed to the very link between Australia Day and the landing of the fleet. They call it “Invasion Day” instead.

So this year, WAMMCO bent over backwards to come up with a more inclusive ad:

*Full name: The Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative Limited. It’s usually called simply WAMMCO because by the time you can say “The Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative Limited,” your lamb will be stone cold.