While shopping in the grocery store a week or so ago I spotted some imported leg of lamb in the freezer section. It was a marked-down closeout item that’s generally too expensive for my budget. I stood over it thinking and thinking and then finally pulled myself away – but I was back there the next day, saw it again and thought what the heck – I haven’t had lamb in decades and what with the holidays approaching and all I thought I’d splurge – you know, live a little. So I bought three.
While driving along the just other day I told my brother I’d be making leg of lamb for Christmas, so he says: “Ya gotta have mint jelly with it.” I said “OK. But since you’re so hard to shop for – the mint jelly is going to be your Christmas present.” My brother is practically impossible to find a gift for. He’s older than me and, whatever I might think to buy him to please him, it turns out he’s already got three. It’s frustrating; really, really frustrating.
My brother never communicates his firm holiday plans more than a day before-hand if at all (I was once stuck with a full Thanksgiving dinner all to myself) so today I dodged that traditional holiday bullet by making a leg of lamb today – on Christmas Eve Eve.
It was my first attempt.
I had a really tough time locating some mint jelly. I searched on the internet for a couple of hours (slow computer) and searched six local stores until I finally found the right stuff. There are variations on the theme you know: mint-flavored apple jelly, mint glaze, mint sauce, mint jelly with peppers, mint jelly with leaves and even mint chutney. I just wanted plain MINT JELLY – not the mint-flavored apple jelly – thank you!
When the leg of lamb and other sides were done (I took its temperature) and ready to serve I proudly presented the jar of mint jelly to my brother, adding a cheery “Merry Christmas!” He takes one look at it and says: “I didn’t say I liked it.”
That’s it! I’m done!