Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Eva Scott , and her recipe for Sicilian Rolled Lamb along with an introduction to her historical romance, The Last Gladiatrix. Please join me in welcoming Eva and savor her recipe for Sicilian Rolled Lamb as you read about her new book!
I’m not sure Ancient Romans would have eaten this particular dish but they did like a bit of roast lamb. This dish celebrates the flavours of Sicily and is so yummy I can guarantee you there’ll be none left over.
Sicilian Rolled Lamb
1 cup of dark, seedless grapes cut in half lengthways
1 cup of marsala
1.5 cups of breadcrumbs
¼ cup of pistachio nuts roughly chopped
1 large orange, finely grated rind and the juice
2 tbs fresh rosemary (halve the amount if using dried rosemary)
1kg boned shoulder of lamb, trimmed
Salt and pepper to season
Need – kitchen twine.
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the grapes and ½ cup of marsala in a small saucepan over a high heat. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the grapes soften and the marsala is reduced by half. Leave to cool.
Combine breadcrumbs, pistachios, orange rind and rosemary and the cooled grape mixture in a bowl and combine thoroughly.
Place lamb on a large chopping board with the skin side down. Season meat with salt and pepper before spreading the grape mixture over the lamb.
Roll the lamb up enclosing the filling. Secure with kitchen twine.
Season the outside of the lamb roast with salt and pepper to your taste and place in a casserole dish.
Combine remaining ½ cup of marsala and ½ cup of orange juice in a jug or small bowl. Poor over lamb before covering and baking for 50 minutes.
Remove lid of casserole dish and bake for a further 4-45 minutes or until the lamb is golden. Remove lamb from casserole dish, cover and stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
In the dust and death of the Coliseum, a slave fights for freedom, a soldier fights for his life, and they both fight for the love that has been forbidden.
Captured and enslaved by a Roman legion, Xanthe never expects to end up training for the Coliseum floor, but every night after the day’s march, she is put through her paces by a Roman solider who challenges her, tests her, and excites her. Titus is drawn to Xanthe, her fire and her spirit, so he breaks one of his rules and brings notice on himself, offering to train her as a gladiatrix to spare her a courtesan’s role. But training her, working with her, soon becomes too much. Titus knows the penalty for taking property that does not belong to him, but how long can he resist?
The flash of her green eyes in the candlelight reminded Titus of the verdant wild forests of Northern Italy, which they had recently left. He rubbed a smear of dirt from her cheek with his thumb, and then taking her hand, he raised Xanthe up to stand. With deliberate, slow movements he unfastened her tunic, letting it fall from her shoulders to pool on the ground at her feet.
Xanthe made no move to stop him, their eyes locked, her fear and trust clear to see. He slid his fingers beneath the waist of her leggings and tugged them down over her hips, leaving her naked, standing there before him.
Titus took a sponge and dipped it into a bowl of warm water, letting it soak before applying it to Xanthe’s flesh. He washed her with firm yet gentle strokes, and as the water ran over her skin it dripped deliciously from her breasts. The centurion bent his head and licked at a droplet, pleased to feel her shudder in response. Her nipple hardened, inviting him to explore further. He needed no invitation. Xanthe had to summon all her self-discipline to stand still while Titus explored the curves of her body. His touch turned her core to molten fire; she could barely contain her need.
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