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lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo  | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins.  I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door.  They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin  moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars  in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

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pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Dip – eat your antioxidants!

[recipe] Serves 6 |  75 mins go-to-woe

BEAUTY BOOST
So much beauty in colour! The vibrant purple flesh of beetroot is full of antioxidants and minerals that will look after your skin both inside and out. The minerals iron, potassium and zinc detoxify by creating healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to skin cells for regeneration, repair and renewal. The antioxidants fight against inflammation which treats puffy and red complexions. Pumpkin’s bright orange colour is a sign that this veggie is loaded with beta-carotene. This plant carotenoid gets converted to vitamin A and acts as a very powerful antioxidant to neutralise free radicals thereby helping to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin moist and looking youthful. And the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E of walnuts are another moisturising, wrinkle-fighting beauty boost to your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
2-3  beetroots – remove leaves, leave skin on but get rid of those rough bits at the top and bottom

2 chunks or 1/3 butternut pumpkin –  chopped into cubes

2/3rd cup walnuts

1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/2 tbspn black mustard seeds

1/2 tspn cumin seeds

salt and pepper to season

TO MAKE

  1. Turn oven on 180C.
  2. Place beetroot and pumpkin on baking tray lined with  non-toxic baking paper, drizzle with some extra olive oil, toss and place into. Roast for an hour.
  3. Halfway through roasting the beetroot add the garlic, walnuts, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the tray.
  4. Remove tray from oven when beetroot & pumpkin has roasted and garlic, walnuts and seeds are lightly toasted.
  5. Leave to cool before removing most of skin from the pumpkin.
  6. Add all roasted and toasted ingredients to blender or food processor and whiz until creamy.
  7. Add oil to mixture and blend until desired texture of dip has been reached. Season.
Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

TIP & TRICKS

Toasting the walnuts, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and roasting the garlic by popping them into the oven while the beets are baking develops the flavour of the ingredients and infuses the beetroot with a spiced, nutty, garlicky deliciousness!

TO SERVE
Simply serve with a colourful array of fresh veggies and a variety of crackers.

How to Lighten your Toxic Load when it Comes to Lipstick

Don’t be fooled: some of your favourite lipsticks could contain more than just a splash of pretty pigment and glossy goodness, especially bright reds! Many mainstream lipsticks are in fact loaded with toxic metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel, thereby heightening your risk of dangerous diseases and organ damage. Yikes!

Why should you think twice before swiping on just any old lipstick?

The average woman consumes anywhere between 4 to 10 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime (gulp). Those same sticks of lippie may contain toxic ingredients that could be doing more damage than good.

Exposure to certain metals has been linked to health concerns including reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity. Symptoms can include headaches, weakness, constipation, fatigue, muscle and joint pain.

When bio-absorption of heavy metals occurs, each person is affected in different ways depending on their specific threshold and manifesting as different symptoms, but there’s still that risk. Wouldn’t you feel more at peace knowing you were limiting your toxic exposure as much as possible? The brain is not designed to cope with heavy metals, nor is the internal system, so it only makes sense to stay away from toxic ingredients in favour of safe, nourishing alternatives.

It’s not just heresy – there’s proof!

A recent study conducted by University of California found concerning levels of heavy metal content in 32 popular lipsticks and glosses. Lead turned up in 75% of products and about 30% of products contained levels of chromium higher than what’s considered safe when people applied them at the average daily rate. Alarming stuff!

What metals should you avoid?

Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminium, zinc, chromium and iron are found in many lipsticks formulas.

High levels of cadmium can be stored in the kidneys and could lead to renal failure.

Lead is an enzyme inhibitor and over a long period of time it can build up and cause a plethora of health issues for its wearer or consumer.

Moreover, chronic exposure to nickel, arsenic, aluminium, chromium, iron and zinc can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, neurological deficits and developmental problems.

And there’s a big loophole too. Because certain heavy metals are considered a contaminant and not an ingredient, it doesn’t have to be listed on the label, so you might not even know what you are applying to your pout. To me, that’s the scariest part, not knowing what the heck is in all of your consumer products! How can you possibly protect yourself without such important information?

What ingredients should you be applying instead?

Yes, lipstick makes you feel beautiful and confident but it shouldn’t be making you sick or drying out your lips.

I am absolutely transparent about all of the ingredients my Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Lipsticks are made from. These include skin-healthy foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins and free from synthetic dyes, fragrances and preservatives. Similarly, the 100% Pure makeup range that I stock contains only safe, healthy, natural, fruit pigmented ingredients that cause no harm to your external or internal health and you will never EVER find hidden nasty ingredients in either collection. That’s how makeup should be!

It’s a choice. It starts with YOU.

Why are we still okay with applying potentially dangerous, irritating chemicals to our skin? Perhaps we think only a small amount won’t do much harm, perhaps there’s not enough education, or perhaps we’ve fallen victim to marketing codswallop from big consumer companies that think it’s okay to sell a bunch of toxins to the masses and mask it with glitz and glamour advertising tactics.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you. You choose what should go on (and therefore in!) your skin, and you choose how many chemicals and potential endocrine-disruptors you wish to be exposed to. But choose wisely, beauties.

Chances are, if you’ve read this article right to the very end, you’re beginning to think twice about some of your makeup and household product choices and I am glad!

Educate yourself

There are MANY resources out there on the interwebs. I’ve even created quite the library of further information about this topic (see below for a few key subjects):

The Dirty Thirty toxic beauty ingredients

How to detox your beauty routine

The list of hazardous and toxic beauty ingredients

I’m here to empower my natural beauties and inform you about what’s healthy, what’s safe and how you can safeguard yourself from harmful toxins effortlessly and easily, without skimping on quality when it comes to your makeup products. I’ll hold your hand and walk you through the process, because as women, we deserve to be anointed with the purest and safest of ingredients for a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Image via dollarphotoclub.com

Cindy

Got a question about this particular subject? Do you feel like there should be better regulation for certain cosmetics companies? Leave a comment below!

Beauty Benefits of peach beauty food peach luk beautifood

beauty benefits of peach

beauty food peach

With soft skin, sweet flesh and a pleasant aroma, peaches are the perfect addition to your summery days, bringing a gorgeous boost of antioxidants!

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phenols, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, selenium and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PEACH:

Peaches are high in both vitamin A and vitamin C which makes a gorgeous combination for your skin! These two antioxidants work to ensure healthy regeneration of skin cells to keep it soft and bright while greatly reducing damage done by free radicals. The presence of phenols in peaches protects your hair from the summer sun, protecting against damage from UV rays while selenium encourages hair growth for lush strong strands. They also help to cleanse your kidneys from toxins due to their diuretic nature.

COOK:

Eat peaches with their skin on, you can run them under cold water before eating to get rid of their slightly fuzzy texture. Warm them in a pan by slicing, removing the seed and sprinkling with cinnamon.

TIP:

When buying peaches, check to see how they feel. They shouldn’t be overly hard or mushy, when squeezed gently their skin should give slightly to the pressure.  Avoid ones with wrinkled skin and look for ones with a sweet aroma and buy organic when possible.

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PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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Beauty Benefits of Zucchini beauty food zucchini luk beautifood

beauty benefits of zucchini

beauty food zucchini

Also known as a courgette or a summer squash, zucchini is dark green in colour and is related to both squash and pumpkin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI:

Zucchini’s high water content helps to revitalise and hydrate your skin while manganese helps the body to develop strong bones and teeth.  Vitamin A in zucchini also protects the skin by being present within the epidermal layer, acting to absorb the suns UV rays to help maintain healthy, bright skin. It also helps to prevent age spots, wrinkles and sagging from forming.

COOK:  

Usually served cooked, zucchini can be steamed, grilled, baked and fried.  A quick cook is all it needs, drizzle with some oil or throw it into a stir fry.

TIP:

Try cutting long and flat slices of zucchini.  Quickly fry, bake or grill the strips with oil and roll up some mixed veg inside,  creating sushi made from zucchini!

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

be delicious.... inside and out

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Beauty Benefits of Cashews beauty food cashews luk beautifood

beauty benefits of cashews

beauty food cashews

Cashews come from a fruit known as a cashew apple which is a tropical plant native to Brazil called a cashew tree.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Riboflavin, zeaxanthin, Vitamin E, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CASHEWS:

Cashews contain are powerful combination of selenium and vitamin E. Selenium works to boost hair growth and maintain a healthy scalp which in turn stops dandruff, whilst Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection for your hair and creating a natural shine. Cashews are also high in magnesium which helps to relax the body and mind. It is also vital for healthy bones and teeth.

COOK:

As a popular snacking food both raw, salted or roasted, cashews can also be ground to make pastes, help to thicken stews and used as a base for desserts. Add it to salads, stir fry’s or even make your own nut butter.

TIP:

Mix cashews in some oil, sprinkle on some spices such as cumin and salt and roast at around 150 degrees for half an hour. These are perfect for nibbles when entertaining.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

be delicious.... inside and out

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Beauty Benefits of green tea beauty food green tea luk beautifood

beauty benefits of green tea

beauty food green tea

Originating from china and spreading throughout Asia, green tea has been used for medicinal properties including regulating body temperate and improving digestion.Green tea leaves undergo minimal manufacturing and can be grown or harvested in different ways to alter the flavour naturally.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Green tea is rich in powerful antioxidants called polyphenols such as catechins,  vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, theanine, potassium, calcium, zinc, molybdenum and fluorine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA:

Catechins in green tea fight bacteria, preventing the onset of tooth decay and removing any bacteria in your throat. They also soothe digestion by maintaining a healthy gut bacteria while reducing inflammation.  Packed with polyphenols, these powerful antioxidants work to keep collagen and elastic in your skin strong, helping to maintain a tight and smooth complexion. Although containing caffeine, green tea contains much lower amounts than coffee or black tea.

COOK:  

Brewing time for green tea ranges from 30 seconds to five minutes. When using tea leaves, it is best to mix 1 teaspoon of leaves per every cup of water.  Mix with some ginger, honey or lemon for delicious, exotic flavour.

TIPS:

Trial and error is key when perfecting your cup of green tea as it will largely depend on your personal taste.  If it is brewed too hot or left for too long the tea will turn bitter, loosing is soothing flavour.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

be delicious.... inside and out

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beauty benefits of chickpeas

beauty benefits of chickpeas

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are either black, green, red, brown or beige in colour. The most common type of chickpea is the kabouli variety which is beige in colour and an irregular circular shape.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron, fibre and protein!

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS:

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, necessary for growth and maintenance of cells within the body. Protein encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Beauty benefits of chickpeas also include the presence of the phytonutrient called saponin which acts as an antioxidant to destroy free radicals.  Molybdemum assists to cleanse the liver and detoxify the skin.  Beauty benefits of chickpeas help the body sustain a radiant, smooth complexion.

COOK:

Canned chickpeas are easily accessible from your local supermarket.  If buying dried, just soak them in water overnight or while you’re at work and then place in a saucepan with some fresh water and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until plump and tender. Mix with some tomatoes parsley, lemon juice and olive oil for a quick snack!

TIP:

Cooked chickpeas will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days while dried will keep in a cool dark place for months.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

be delicious.... inside and out

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beauty food kakadu plum

beauty benefits of kakadu plum

Native to Australia and grown in both the Northern Territory  and Western Australia, beauty food Kakadu Plum (also known as Murunga, Billy Goat Plum or Gubingee) is famous for its high Vitamin C content.  It is light green and roundish in shape and was commonly used not only for bush tucker but also as a natural medicine to soothe aches and pains.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, zinc, magnesium and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

With one of the highest natural vitamin C contents in the world, it’s no wonder beauty food kakadu plum is becoming increasingly known and loved.  The high content of vitamin C helps to fight premature ageing, smoothen your complexion and support your immune system. The fruit also contains antibacterial properties and is packed with phytonutrients to protect the body from nasty free radicals. Gallic acid in kakadu plum, is a fabulous antimicrobial nutrient as it stops the activity of bacteria so your body can then destroy it.  It is also great for inflammation which means less puffy skin!

COOK:

Beauty food kakadu plum fruits can be eaten raw and are often made into a delicious jam.

TIP:

Although hard to find, online shopping makes searching for kakadu plum a lot easier.  Try your local health food store or search online to find somewhere that will deliver them to you.

Do you love the idea of having all natural products in your beauty range? Head over to the Luk Shop to find out more about which natural ingredients are used in each Lip Nourish!

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen – on your fridge or pin board

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

be delicious.... inside and out

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe clean food luk beautifood

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe

Who doesn’t love a simple, slow cooked one pot dinner recipe that nourishes your body and soul?  This tender, hearty, slow roasted lamb shoulder recipe will warm you from the inside out – goodbye winter chills and hello kitchen goddess as another dish enters your family’s favourite list! 

Perfect for a weekend family dinner or entertaining friends this style of cooking will be a winner.  This slow roasted lamb shoulder is easy to prepare and cook, allowing you to spend more time out of the kitchen and with those you love!

Don’t worry that it takes 4 hours to bake, the slow roasted lamb shoulder requires minimal attention and provides a beautiful flavour with fall-off-the-bone-meat. The aroma as it bakes builds anticipation!

Serve slow roasted lamb shoulder with a melange of roasted root vegetables such as potato, beetroot and pumpkin and a simple mixed green leaf & fresh herb salad drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and a grating of zest and everyone will be smiling.

BEAUTY BOOST

Lamb is an fabulous source of protein which is vital for growth and maintenance of every cell in your body.  It helps to heal cuts and wounds, ensures healthy growth of  hair and nails and works relentlessly to replace dead skin cells to ensure a radiant appearance.  Premature ageing of the skin is caused by the destruction of collagen in skin cells.  Collagen is made up of proteins and when lacking in the diet, it can cause the collagen to weaken.  This leads to sagging of the skin or muscles and the formation of wrinkles.

Iron present in the slow roasted lamb is easily absorbed by the body. This helps to move oxygen through the body, assisting in maintaining a glowing, bright complexion. The presence of zinc aids the immune system while selenium provides an extra boost of antioxidant to protect your body against damaging free radicals.  Want to learn more about immune boosting tips? Click here.

Garlic works to reduce inflammation in your body helping to maintain an even skin tone by reducing redness in your complexion, while its antioxidants work towards maintaining smooth skin by frighting wrinkle cause free radicals!

SLOW ROASTED LAMB SHOULDER RECIPE

4.5 hrs  wo to go. Serves 4-6

YOU’LL NEED

1 lamb shoulder (medium)

1-2 tblspns olive oil

1 tablespoon salt

good grind pepper

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup thyme leaves (half a bunch – stripped)

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

2 tablespoon lemon juice

water

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.  Score the skin of the lamb with a sharp knife.

2.  Rub salt, pepper and oil onto the lamb, completely covering and sit skin side up into a baking tray. Pour two cups of water into the tray.

3. Cover the tray with foil and place in the oven, roasting for 4 hours. Baste the lamb a couple of times if you are around.

4. Meanwhile, mix honey, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together. After 3 hours of roasting remove the lamb from the oven.  Brush the honey mix over both sides of the lamb and re-cover with foil.

5. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining hour.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • You can add sprigs of thyme and whole garlic cloves to the water at the beginning then simple add the honey and lemon towards the end to ’round’ off the flavours – you can also omit the honey altogether if you are reducing your level sugars.
  • Why not try adding vegetables such as onion, carrot and celery to the baking dish aside the slow roasted lamb shoulder.
  • If the water evaporates during the cook add more to ensure you keep it moist. (you can also add wine – white is best with the lemon and honey.)
  • Don’t be put off by a layer of fat on the lamb when buying it, it provides flavour and tenderness. Look for pasture fed lamb.
  • Drizzle some of the juices / fat  from the baking tray onto the lamb when serving for some extra moisture and flavour.
  • Midweek meal? Make this recipe the night before and store in the fridge, it will be even more flavoursome!
  • You can’t go wrong with this dish. Mix it up. Cindy cooks her slow roasted lamb shoulder for at least 8 hrs with half a bottle red white wine and a couple cups of water in Le Creuset. (does not finish it with lemon & honey but adds the garlic and thyme with rough sliced onion and chopped carrots at the beginning).

 

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.  Rub salt, pepper and oil onto the lamb, completely covering and score the skin with a sharp knife.

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees. Score the skin with a sharp knife, rub salt, pepper and oil into the lamb.

Place desired vegetables into a baking tray, sitting the lamb on top (skin side up). Pour two cups of water into the tray and cover with foil.  Place in the oven, roasting for 4 hours.

(optional) Place desired vegetables into a baking tray, sitting the lamb on top (skin side up). Pour two cups of water into the tray and cover with foil. Place in the oven, roasting for 4 hours.

Meanwhile, mix honey, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together. After 3 hours of roasting remove the lamb from the oven.  Brush the honey mix over both sides of the lamb and re-cover with foil. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining hour.

Meanwhile, mix honey, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together. After 3 hours of roasting remove the lamb from the oven. Brush the honey mix over both sides of the lamb and re-cover with foil. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining hour.

When the lamb has finished cooking, remove it from the oven and rest it for 15 minutes with the foil still covering the tray.

Dinner is ready!