A roast Sunday lunch has got to be in my top 3 favourite meals. It reminds me of all the things I love most in life; family, Christmas, celebrations, laughter, delicious heart warming food and just general blissful happiness! When your mum, granddad, mother-in-law or whoever the chef is in your family gets the roast right, for a split second everything is quiet and all you can hear is hums of ‘mmm’s’ ‘ahhh’s’. It sounds ridiculous that food can have such an influence on the way you feel about someone, but you honestly can’t help but love them that little bit more! Whether it’s chicken, beef, lamb or anything else, a roast done well is mouth watering, comforting and delicious and the best thing about it is you get all your favourite foods (normally crammed full) onto one plate!
Naturally since moving to Dubai, the roasts have become very few and far between. We don’t have the round-the-corner pubs or cold days when all you want is a warm fire and pot of cranberry sauce! But just because they’ve become more scarce, it doesn’t mean i’ve forgotten the feeling and joy in eating them! So this weekend I had one goal : to create and cook the most satiating and heart-warming Sunday roast that brings me straight back into the living room of my family home! And with the extra little caveat of making sure it is bursting with nutritious earthy ingredients that are not only healthy but taste heavenly. Judging by the look of Jack’s face, I think it may have been a success!
The beef is full of juiciness and enriched with flavour by the garlic and rosemary ‘crust’. Roasting all of the root vegetables together gives this incredible array of sweet and earthy tastes and matched with the garden mint peas the plate is the perfect balance of refreshing and rich. Everyone has their own preferences with gravy, I make my own with the juices from the roasting pan, stock, pan fried onions and flour but you can do it whichever you like. The flavour from making your own is far greater and healthier than instant gravy like Bisto so give it a go if you can.
I hope it puts a warming smile on your faces and you enjoy it as much as I did!
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!