When He sat down with his disciples ~the brothers He did His one life on this earth with~ I think He had an idea about how truly sacred it is to eat together. To fill the body while bringing life and feeling to the table.
To share food while sharing with others this life that is pulsing through our veins.
Bright, messy, sacred life.
And Valentine’s Day is almost here. But really, the “day of love” is always here. In all our moments.
Beau and I stay in for Valentine’s dinner.
We turn Valentine’s Day into an opportunity to create a most beautiful meal.
We buy our favorite vino. Munch on cheese and fruit for a few hours. Move into dinner casually…
It is filled with this shiny beauty of a thing called space. Deep breaths. Long conversations.
If you are looking for a beautiful dinner too? This is it. Unbelievably delicious. Decadent. And so very simple.
Rack of lamb. Did you see that coming?
Oh, but first, lets have a heart to heart. Come close…
Are you a lamb skeptic? I was too. Until I had it in Greece. And. Oh. My. Word. This greek lamb recipe by Ina is the only one that has come close to tasting what I had in Greece.
It’s served with a mint sauce that is all things bright and green.
So this Valentine’s Day why not settle in? You can get dressed up or have a PJ party with your love. Whatever you do, there will be space. There will be peace. And wine. And seriously good, hassle free food.
The Best Lamb Recipe
So, you will want to get a rack of lamb. I get my meat at Fresh Market. And when I order a rack of lamb I ask them to french it for me – which they gladly do. So be sure to ask your butcher about that.
This lamb is going to marinate overnight.
We’re talking garlic, salt and the star of the show, fresh rosemary.
Also, lemon juice. So. Much. Lemon juice.
Red wine too. So, go ahead and pour yourself some red wine while you prep the marinade :)
The lamb is best when it marinates over night. At least 12 hours!
You can also make the yogurt mint sauce the day before, because it is best after setting overnight as well.
It’s fresh herbs.
Lemon juice. Greek yogurt. And olive oil. I could eat this by the spoonful it is so good!
The next day all you have to do is grill your lamb (or pan sear it). And serve it with the yogurt mint sauce.
I mean, look at it.
I cannot even describe how delicious this is. We serve it with roasted brussel sprouts.
Sweet friend, how I am learning that it is an art, to share a meal with someone. To sit with them and listen and call upon their life while dishing out the food.
Jesus did it with his disciples. How sacred those times of eating with Him must have been.
May we all move closer to this art of sharing a meal. Learning together as we go.
To you, my sweet friends, I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love. Good food. And an awareness of the ultimate love, from our Savior.