"When you reach the reserve, turn right. And then it is the first left after that."
It's easy. I go there now and I can't actually imagine HOW I managed to get lost. It's almost embarrassing. One piece of vital information was all I needed.
What has that got to do with The Year of the Roast? Well, tonight I have experienced a similar phenomenon. I cooked a roast. And it was a snap. And I can't actually imagine why I have thought this is a difficult thing to do for all these years! It just took one piece of vital information...Sharon's advice to par-boil the vegies.
Knife stuck into side of meat. Juices NOT running clear. Don't panic. Stay calm.
And I did. It's OK. It is my husband's day off. There are no meetings for anyone to attend tonight. The boys are big enough that if tea is a bit late it isn't going to ruin everyone's evening.
Diagnosis of problem...temperature may be a little low but probably the oven rack is too low. Move the oven rack up and boost the temperature a bit.
Juices still not running clear. And we like our lamb cooked.
Still not panicking. Clear-headed enough to make the decision to finish it off in the microwave for ten minutes.
Meat cooked and resting. Vegies cooked and keeping warm. Peas in the microwave. Gravy on the go.
Carving the meat. Boys beginning to show signs that they need to be fed and put to bed.
Dinner served. Only an hour late...but not feeling stressed.