Kitchen Makeover: Budget Easter meal

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easter kitchen makeover

easter kitchen makeoverMyFamilyClub reader, Claire Birchall, has invited some friends to join her family for Easter Sunday lunch and has written to us to help her decide what to cook.

“I want to cook something traditional but I’m cooking for six adults and four children and can’t afford to buy an enormous leg of lamb,” she explained. “Can you suggest something that’s still traditional but won’t cost an absolute fortune?”

To help Claire serve a frugal feast fit for Easter, we’ve suggested she slow-roast a shoulder of lamb served with richly flavoured flageolet beans and for pudding a rich, chocolatey cheesecake.

Lamb shoulder is excellent value and, since this recipe involves cooking the meat until it falls off the bone, you won’t need to tackle any tricky carving. For the last hour of the recipe the lamb is cooked on top of the beans – this keeps the lamb wonderfully moist and intensifies the flavour of the vegetables.

The recipe has the option of adding spinach to the beans – if you do this then this recipe can be an entire meal in itself but, if you want some accompaniments, then serve with new potatoes tossed in olive oil, rosemary and salt and roasted in the oven along with a pile of spring greens.

So, if like Claire you’re looking for a great family meal that is traditional but doesn’t cost a fortune and we think these recipes do the job.

Easter lamb

Easter cheesecake