Latest post on 2012/04/26 at 11:24:23
Ok firstly, dont panic, secondly well done for taking the challenge. all will be well.
Pudding, something easy like pavlova, you can make the meringue today. Easy. Alternatively trifle is easy, and you can do the fruit jelly and/or sponge bit today, top with (tinned) custard and cream tomorrow.
Ok now for the roast. bear in mind you wont eat spot on 3, people will be late etc, so plan for 3.45/4pm.
Check now that you have enough trays for the oven, either a huge tray for the lamb with everything around it or, easier to fit in the oven two or three trays. Personally I would do the lamb in one tray, roasties in another and veg in another, thats because I like my roasties very crisp, and my veg more caramlized. As for yorkshires, Aunt Bessie is your friend tomorrow, really yorkshires are easy but for a beginner maybe leave them till next time. If you do make them the oil must be SMOKING hot.
Roast lamb, as a rule its 15 minutes per 500g (1 1/4 lb), plus 10 minutes more. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving to ensure the juices redistribute.
roasties, about an hour and 15. Peel potatoes par boil 7 mins in salted water, drain and let the steam evaporate, pop them in the hot oil and leave em to it. DS loves me to add rosemary at this point, he says " it tastes like carpet in yer gob!!" I'm like, is that a good thing?Apparantly it is ;-) I also add roughly quatered onions at about 40 mins and some garlic at about 30 mins. Dont forget to toss the potatoes so they get oil all over them to crip up nicely.
Veg - chuck them in the pan, cut up reasonably equally, drizzle with oil and about an hour later all will be well. If you cant fit the veg in the oven, just steam them or lightly boil.
good luck, if you need more help just ask.