- 1 tbsp rapeseed or vegetable oil
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…
- 1 onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 1 celery stick, finely chopped
A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…
- 1 thyme sprig
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- 1 bay leaf
- 200g/ 7oz puy lentils
- 500ml/ 18fl oz chicken stock
- 2 racks of lamb (about 320g/11½oz each), trimmed
A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…
- knob of butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 1 tsp English mustard
For the sauce
- 50g/ 2oz Jack-by-the-hedge, picked and washed or wild garlic leaves
- 150ml/ ¼ pint olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- juice ½ lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the carrot, onion, celery, thyme and bay leaf, and cook over a medium heat for 10 mins to soften. Add the lentils and fry gently for 1-2 mins. Add the stock, bring to the boil and cook, uncovered, for 20-25 mins until the lentils are cooked through and most of the stock has been absorbed.
Meanwhile, cook the lamb. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the lamb in a roasting tin, season well and roast for 15-20 mins for rare to medium, 25 mins for well done. Leave to rest for 5 mins before carving into chops.
While the lamb is resting, make the sauce. Put the Jack-by-the-hedge in a food processor and blitz while slowly trickling in the oil until it forms a pesto consistency. Add the lemon juice to taste, then season.
Stir the butter, mustard and any juices from the lamb into the lentils and season to taste. Divide the lentils between warmed plates, top with the chops and drizzle with the sauce.
Jack-by-the-hedgeAlso known as garlic mustard or hedge garlic, Jack-by-the-hedge is a type of wild cabbage with a mild garlic flavour. It can be found in abundance between April and June in hedgerows, woodlands or even in the domestic garden. As well as sauces, the leaves can also be wilted like spinach, and the peppery-tasting white flowers are delicious in salads. Like all foraged edibles that are ‘dog height’, pick sensibly and wash well before using.