I was recently made aware of the Nature Conservancy of Canada which, since its foundation has protected 2.5 million acres across the country. I recently received an email from them describing land which had been deeded to them in British Columbia by a man who was 100 yrs. old – he had a tenancy agreement with them until he died at 105. His property once attracted bluebirds but during his life time they had disappeared. In recent years the NCC has managed to reintroduce Eastern Bluebirds into the area which would have delighted the old man who used to own the property. It is a comfort to me that this conservancy is here to help preserve and protect land for future generations. The picture shows the mountains of British Columbia which is an item on my bucket list.
Below is a recipe my mother frequently made as she was very fond of it. However, by the time she was making this recipe I no longer lived at home and have never made it myself. I really should do so except that in our part of Canada lamb is an expensive ingredient.
Navarin of LambNavarin, likely to have been named after the navet (turnip), originally the main accompanying vegetable. Some chefs therefore use the name navarin, quite justifiably, for other types of ragout (of shellfish, poultry, monkfish, etc.) garnished with turnips.
ingredientsserves 5 - 6
1 kg (2 1/4 lb) best end of neck or shoulder of lamb
2 tbsp (30 ml) oil
1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
1 tbsp (15 g) flour
4 cups (32 fl oz) 900 ml stock or water
30 ml (2 tbspsJ tomato paste
salt and pepper
4 onions, skinned and quartered
4 carrots, pared and sliced
1-2 turnips, pared and quartered
8 small, even sized potatoes, peeled
method1. Trim the meat and cut into 2.5 cm (1 inch) cubes. Fry it lightly on all sides in the oil. If there is too much fat at this stage, pour off a little to leave 15-30 ml (1-2 tbsps).
2. Stir in the sugar and heat until it browns slightly, then add the flour, stirring until this also cooks and browns.
3. Remove from the heat, stir in the stock gradually, then bring to the boil and add the tomato paste seasoning and bouquet garni. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
4. Remove the bouquet garni, add the onions, carrots and turnip and continue cooking for another 1/2 hour.
5. Finally, add the potatoes and continue cooking for about 20 minutes, until tender.
6. Serve the meat on a heated serving dish, surrounded by the vegetables and garnished with the parsley
Have a great day