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Best Ways to Cook Scottish Lamb

Carina is featured in today’s The List Magazine’s article together with Tom Kitchin, Dominic Jack and Fred Berkmiller. They have all shared their favourite Scotch Lamb recipes. Below is Carina’s recipe.

Spiced Rack of Scotch Lamb with Watercress and Orange Salad

Scottish Highland, Shetland or Borders lamb is a Sunday treat in our house. I prefer to eat lamb slightly later in the year so the flavour is a little deeper and the legs just slightly bigger. The classic marriage of garlic and rosemary with lamb will never go wrong, but this recipe takes the flavours to a whole new level.

Serves 4

2 racks of 6 ribs of lamb, about 500g each
2 limes, halved, to serve

300g natural yogurt
1 tbsp light clover or acacia honey
2 tbsp olive oil
100g coriander leaves
100g rocket
3 sprigs of wild garlic
75g fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 red chillis, de-seeded
1 tsp salt

First make the marinade. Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pour half over the lamb and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Keep the rest in the fridge.

Remove the lamb from the marinade and leave to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Heat a griddle pan over a medium to hot heat. Add the lamb, skin side down and sear until golden and caramelised. Turn the lamb over and cook on the other side until the meat is coloured all over.

Transfer to a roasting tray and roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. The lamb will be medium rare. Cook for longer if you prefer the meat to be less pink. Remove from the oven, leave to rest for 5 minutes, then cut into chops. Serve accompanied by the remaining chilled marinade and some lime halves.

Watercress and Orange Salad:
200g watercress leaves
2 large blood oranges, skin and pith removed and cut into 0.5cm slices
4 spring onions, finely sliced
1 tsp sumac

100g mint leaves
100g coriander leaves
200ml Greek yoghurt
Juice of 1 unwaxed lime
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

First make the dressing. Blend together all the ingredients except the salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Season to taste.

Arrange the watercress around the edge of a large platter. Place the slices of orange in the middle and sprinkle with the spring onions. Season with a little salt, then spoon the dressing generously over the salad. Finally sprinkle with the sumac