Happy New Year (And Lamb with Peas, lettuce and Broccoli and Fondant Potatoes)

Happy New Year from FADHoppers!

Quick little story about the end of 2013.

I was chatting to my girlfriend about new year resolutions (which I will get on to later) and I said imagine if someone’s goal of 2014 was to get on TV somehow – in any way possible. I personally don’t want to be on TV but the question popped in to my head. My girlfriends view was it wouldn’t be too difficult.

Two days later, we were walking to a computer game shop (CEX), to sell some old games to make room for new books / games in our tiny flat, when we were asked by two people with a camera to answer some questions for the one show! That’s right – the one show (I don’t actually watch the one show but still the one show)! We could have been famous and seen by thousands, if not millions. However, we declined the offer (as previously said – I don’t want to be on TV) and went on our way to the computer game shop.

So for anyone out there who wants to be on TV – I think it is achievable! Not to be famous, but to be on TV – it is achievable and go for it – follow your dream!

That is the end of the quick little story. As well as that quick story with a powerful motivating ending, there are also going to be a few more posts from 2013, which still needs to be uploaded in the next few weeks.

That part of the post was looking back. This part is looking forward and New Year Resolutions!

The first three could be argued as wishy washy resolutions. Why are they wishy washy? – Mainly because they are three words with nothing else around them and no ideas to back them up. I disagree with that argument though! The three words I think are important to improve on this year and just because I don’t know what to do with them yet, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t work towards them! Also they sound cool and motivating. The three words are


I thought the alliteration was a nice touch and saying it in that order sounds the best in my view.

If you think the three motivating words are just a cop out, I have a few specific New Year Resolutions as well, just for fun!

One restaurant a month (Hopefully two a month)
One gig a month (or 12 over the year)
One starter, dessert or cocktail a week for FADHoppers (These sections of FADHoppers need to be improved!)
Guitar song once a month (I shall try this one again as I failed last year but it is a good idea)

On to the first recipe of the year

Lamb with Peas, lettuce and Broccoli and Fondant Potatoes

Delicious, simple, tasty, green, healthy – want more descriptive words? Scrumptious.
043 (Custom)
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

2 lamb steaks
2 rashers pancetta, diced
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp Madeira
600ml lamb stock
Large handful frozen peas
Knob of butter
1 Little Gem lettuce, shredded
Broccoli, cut into individual florets or smaller, par-boiled
4 potatoes, peeled and halved
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 200 Deg C.
Melt butter in a pot.
Add the potatoes to the pot and keep basting until golden brown.
Place each potato into a deep baking tray and add enough stock to
the baking tray so that it covers 2/3 of the potatoes.
Cook for 60-80 minutes until they are soft in the middle.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan.
Season the lamb well with salt and pepper.
Add the lamb to the frying pan and fry for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked to liking.
In another frying pan heat the remaining oil.
Add the pancetta and cook until crisp and golden-brown.
Add the onion and cook for a further two minutes.
Add the Madeira and cook for a minute, or until half the Madeira has been evaporated.
Then pour over half of the lamb stock to cover the bacon and onion and bring to the boil.
Add the peas, butter, the lettuce and broccoli.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for a minute or two until the lettuce is cooked.



(Enjoy the year!)


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