Originally Posted by pushylady
Hmmm, Fran anchovies with the roast lamb? Sounds interesting!
VERY interesting. The anchovies are in a "beauty paste" that is smeared all over the roast. It's a James Barber recipe that I tried years ago because I knew how much Rob loves both lamb and anchovies. I was fairly new to cooking lamb at that point, because we never had it at home, but I liked lamb and wanted to do it for him. Well, this treatment surpassed all expectations and is, ever since then, his request for his birthday dinner every year (except one). It softens the flavour. Even my Dad, who was the reason we never had lamb at home, could enjoy this. I had to camouflage the leftovers pretty well for him, but the roast dinner he actually liked.
And tonight, it's party food. We have a housewarming to go to. Haven't totally decided what I'm going to take. It may depend on available time for preparation. We have to be downtown for something late afternoon, and will probably get home with a couple of hours to spare before going out again. I'm thinking maybe I'll do the little cranberry canapÃ©s that seem to be a hit whenever I do them. Doesn't take much effort to spread tortillas with cream cheese, sprinkle with dried cranberries and green onion, and roll 'em up. It's the time for chilling that will be the deciding factor. If time turns out to be an issue, I may just pick up a couple of nice cheeses, some interesting crackers and some olives.