Lamb Stew

by Laura on March 17, 2011

The birds returned to Minnesota two weeks ago, on a day when the temperature was negative one.  They are the first harbingers of spring for me, when the world still feels impossibly cold for birds, and it’s hard to imagine little green blades rising through the frozen earth.  Now their twitter tweet-tweet-tweet is a morning reminder that the world will thaw and those green shoots will appear.  So because it’s still winter in Minnesota.  And because our favorite Turkish hole-in-the-wall, where we used to enjoy such a stew, up and disappeared.  And because my Honey Girl is home from college.  And because little Annie and I are a little batty after months inside the house.  And because my sweet butcher Greg cubed some lovely lamb shoulder for me…  I made a lamb stew to celebrate impending spring!  Now, how do I know that little Annie, our ginger terrier, is feeling a little batty, too?  Because she perches on the arm of a chair in my office and looks longingly outside.  Then she looks at me.  And stares.  When it’s winter here, our walks are brief, and some days it’s simply too cold to go out.  We’re both ready for a long walk, for puddles and mud and brief sink-baths for cold, dirty paws.  I know, Annie, it’s time, it’s time.  Hurry up, Spring!


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1 Joyce March 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I absolutely love all your photography and this stew looks so delicious.
I think I’ll be making it when my dad comes home next weekend, as he’s a lover of all things lamb.

P.S. I’m tremendously jealous of the bowl you’ve served that in. It’s gorgeous!

2 Laura March 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hello, Joyce! Thank you. You’re so sweet. (Did you notice that you’re in the blog links under young bloggers?) My daughter made the bowl–and all the others I use on the blog.

3 Joyce March 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hi Laura! I actually hadn’t, but I just went and saw the link and thank you! That’s definitely the nicest introduction I’ve ever gotten.
Oh wow, she’s very talented. I’ve tried throwing pots before and it’s not even close to being as easy as it looks.

4 Kris Jacobson March 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

We’ve been watching the birds too.

I thinkI’d REALLY like this stew.

5 blogbytina! April 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I cannot even imagine -1 degrees! I freak out when we go under 60 :\ This stew looks amazing, no matter what the temperature is outside. I am going to give it a try next weekend.

6 Laura April 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

I hope you like it! Thank you.

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