Roasted Lamb in Herbs and Pomegranate Marinade

This wonderful recipe comes from my dear friend's Carina-Forum


THYME Symbol of Activity from The Spice Cookbook, 1964
Among the attractive accomplishments of proper young ladies of the past was a knowledge of the language of flowers. From the book devoted to the lore, which appeared in 1836, they learned that thyme "is a symbol of activity".
"Beetles of all hues, light butterflies, and vigilant bees, for ever surround the flowery tufts of Thyme,"the author noted. "It may be that to these cheerful inhabitants of the air, whose life is a a long spring, these little tufts appear like an immense tree, old as the earth and covered with eternal verdure, begemmed with myriads of flowery vases, filled honey for their express enjoyment," the author continued.
It is true that bees have never able to resist the fragrance of thyme.The ancient Greeks relished the honey made by the bees buzzing over Mount Hymettus, near Athens, where thyme grew abundantly. So highly esteemed was the delicate fragrance of thyme that "to smell of thyme" was one of the most desirable compliments one Athenian could offer another.
Ladies of the Middle Ages also observed the attraction thyme held for bees. A favorite design that a lady embroidered on the scarf of her knight-errant was composed of a bee hovering over a spring of thyme-which mingled the sweet and amiable with high courage and martial action. To enhance their own charms these ladies included thyme springs in the "tussie-mussies" they fashioned. A tussie-mussie was a demure bouquet of very fragrant flowers and sweet-scented leaves. It was always held tightly by a lady so that the warmth of her hand could release the scent of the lovely bouquet.


ROSEMARY For Remembrance from The Spice Cookbook, 1964
The small flower that is part of rosemary - an evergreen of the mint family - once was white. Legend recounts that one night the Virgin Mary - fleeing with the Christ Child from Herod's soldiers - hung her sky-blue cloak on the rosemary bush. From that day on the color of rosemary blossoms was transformed to blue.
The mention of rosemary will call to mind an ancient symbol of remembrance and fidelity. Shakespeare made this sentiment famous in Hamlet, when the tragic Ophelia speaks the immortal line: "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance."
One seventeenth-century preacher urged at a wedding: "Let this Rosemarinus, this flower of men, ensigne of your wisdom, love and loyaltie, be carried not only in your hands, but in your heads and hearts." It was the custom then for bridesmaids to present the bridegroom with "a bunch of Rosemary, bound with ribands" on the morning of the wedding.


  • 1/2 leg of lamb sirloin, 3-4 lb.
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 250 ml pomegranate juice, natural and unsweetened
  • 8 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup very finely chopped shallots
  • 2 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves or 8 thyme sprigs, each 6 inches long
  • 4 Tbs. finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbs. ground coriander
  • 2 Tbs. peppercorns, bruised
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Combine the minced rosemary, fresh thyme, ground coriander, garlic, finely chopped shallots, peppercorns, salt and olive oil to make a paste. Rub over all of the surfaces of the meat.


Place the meat in a shallow glass dish and add pomegranate juice to cover.


Marinate for 24 hours in the refrigerator, turning once. Bring the meat to room temperature before roasting.


Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Put the lamb into a large roasting pan and drizzle the lamb with the olive oil. Cook for 25 minutes per pound for medium plus an extra 25 minutes for well-done, spooning the meat juices over the lamb once or twice during cooking.
Transfer the lamb to a carving board or platter and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.
To serve, cut the lamb across the grain into thin slices and arrange on a warmed platter. Serve immediately, spooning some of the accumulated juices over each portion.



Anonymous said...
December 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

What a terrific post! I liked the beautiful information on the herbs. Rosemary is my favorite, but I didn't realize the blooms were blue and the legend behind them! The lamb looks delicious - and your always - are stellar!

Anonymous said...
December 22, 2011 at 2:21 AM  

This looks delicious - would never had thought to mix lamb and pomegranate. Must try.

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...
December 23, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

What a beautiful looking roast. I love the photography of this dish.

Tiffany Youngren said...
January 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM  

The photos are gorgeous - the lamb recipe looks amazing. Great post!

~ Tiffany

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Alexis Preatori said...
March 2, 2012 at 1:40 AM  

Wow! This is the first time I'll cook a lamb meat with pomegrenate juice. It must be very interesting if I add a little bit of wine on the sauce then reducing it to perfection.
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