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We all love Christmas and we definitely love that it involves a LOT of eating! Impress your guest at this year’s Christmas dinner with this stunning Roast Lamb recipe by local foodie, Sam Linsell. You can find the full recipe here.



  • 1 leg of lamb – 2 – 2.5kg
  • 2T harissa paste
  • Olive oil
  • Handful of rosemary stalks
  • 2 whole heads of garlic
  • 2 lemons cut in half
  • Salt and pepper



  1. Pre heat the oven to the highest it will go.
  2. Prepare the lamb by slashing through any fat if there is, but not penetrating the meat. Smear the harissa paste over the meat and season with salt and pepper. Cut a head of garlic in half sideways and place at the bottom of a large oven dish with sides along with half the rosemary and one of the cut lemons. Place the joint on top of this, which forms a flavour bed on which the meat roasts. Break the cloves of the other head of garlic and scatter these around and on top of the meat along with the rest of the rosemary.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the top.
  4. Tightly seal the whole tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil ensuring it is tightly sealed.
  5. Place in the hot oven and leave for 5 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 170C and leave it to roast for 4 hours. Do not open and check the meat. Just leave it.
  6. After 4 hours remove and let the meat rest, covered for about 20 minutes before carving and serving. It literally falls off the bone.
  7. If you wanted to make gravy, remove the meat and skim off any fat. Heat the pan juices with some lamb stock allowing it to thicken slightly, and then pour over meat.


Add lots of festive cheer with a beautifully decorated table! We recommend looking at our Checkers, Mr Price Home, Woolies, The Crazy Store and King Cake for gorgeous decor items. We love the idea of covering your table with lots of eucalyptus leaves for greenery and then you can add holly, red berries or cherries for some red tones. Bring out your best glasses, bubbly and silver to make it extra glamorous. We also love the idea of adding fairy lights to be table! For a Christmas lunch, we highly recommend setting your table outside in the garden!

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And to set the mood, these are our FAVOURITE Christmas carol playlists that you can put on in the background to put everyone in the festive mood. You can click on the links in the titles to go directly to the albums on Youtube! We absolutely love the Love Actually soundtrack if you’re looking for something less traditional. You cannot go wrong with the Mariah Carey Merry Christmas album. For something a bit quieter, you will fall in love with the gorgeous She & Him Christmas album.


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We hope that you are all enjoying the Christmas lead-up as much as we are. Don’t forget to take note of our extended shopping hours for the festive season. See you and your family soon!


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