First There Was Mr. Big
First There Was Mr. Big – Rosemary lamb chops with vegetables
I’ve known Mr. Big for a long time, about 10 years now. And just like Mr. Big in Sex and the City he’s been my on again off again boyfriend for way too long. For his 30th birthday, we were on again – sort of – so I decided to do something extra special. I flew out to London to celebrate it with him.
In the weeks coming up to his birthday I scourged recipe books, wine stores, lingerie boutiques coming up with all the ingredients for the BEST 30th birthday surprise.
I decided to make roasted lamb, our favorite meat. I slow cooked it for hours ensuring the meat was tender and juicy. I also boiled some potatoes and put it all little plastic containers. (Mr. Big is a meat and potatoes type of guy). I froze it all knowing that it would still be tasty after thawing and a short transatlantic flight.
Too bad for me, but probably better for customs, I forgot it all in my freezer and had to start all over in London.
Still half a sleep I went up and down the aisles of Waitrose looking for something that I could make. No longer having hours, I needed something that would cook in minutes and still be delicious and slightly decadent. Fortunately, the English love their lamb just as much as i do, and I found beautifully succulent cuts of lamb chops. Waitrose also sells these perfect little bags of pre-washed and cut vegetables. I picked up the bag for two with lots of mushrooms, his favorite vegetable. A little garlic, some rosemary, a hot pepper and a baguette. I was ready to make dinner.
Fortunately, I didn’t forget anything else. All I needed now was 2 dozen roses and some candles.
Mr. Big showed up to my hotel several hours later, I told him to come up with the pretext for needing help with my bags or something of the sort. I had candles and flowers petals all over the room. A bottle of one my favorite champagnes on ice, his birthday cake on the table and me in very sexy lingerie.
He was so cute. Briefly experiencing a little sensory overload. But he quickly decided to focus on me and my very sexy ensemble…
Lets just say that Mr. Big called me in the States several times a day for the next 2 weeks. HE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED HIS BIRTHDAY.
Granted all in all I was INCREDIBLY CONFUSED. I have known this man for years now. And never had a called me that often, NEVER! And I had cooked for him several times before. And heck it certainly wasn’t the first time he had gotten some.
Maybe it was the combination of the two… Anyways here is the recipe for the lamb chops I cooked once back at his place.
Rosemary Lamb Chops
Ingredients (for two)
– 6 lamb chops (about 1 inch thick)
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 clove of garlic (smashed)
– 1 spring of rosemary
– 1 small hot pepper
– salt to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
– black pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
Remove chops from the refrigerator, and let come to room temperature. In the mean time heat olive oil, garlic, rosemary and pepper and a pinch of salt to in pan over the lowest temperature setting for 5 – 10 minutes. Raise heat to medium high.
Salt and pepper meat, then place in hot pan. Cook meat to desired doneness (4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare). Let rest for 5 minutes before serving
Ingredients (for two)
– 1 pack of his favorite washed chopped vegetables (for two)
– 1 clove of garlic minced
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1/2 tsp parsley (about 1 tbsp pre chop)
– salt to taste (about 1/4 tsp salt)
– a pinch of black pepper
Heat olive oil for about 1 minute on high heat in a frying pan or wok. Add mixed vegetables, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Lower heat to medium. Cook to desired doneness – about 10 minutes depending on type of vegetables and your personal preferences – stirring frequently. Add parsley during the last minute of cook time. Serve.