Welcome to March.
The phrase ‘In like a Lion, out like a Lamb’ apparently has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month. But don’t take my word for it… check it here.
Personally, I like March. The word just oozes springtime. The Sun starts it’s annual courtship with everything green, and everything green responds.
Flowers start unfurling, trees begin to blossom, and the skies are a little less threatening and a little more flirtatious.
Everything ‘march’es forward.
What I love the most is the people. Everyone is wide-eyed in wonder and admiration for the blooms, like it is the very first time they have ever smelled a Daphne, or seen the Sakurai. No one is immune to the beauty.
Hearts open, hugs abound and everyone ventures out of their winter caves to tease their skin to the sun. Even the people bloom in the spring. It is as though everything battles the elements all winter, then summons the courage, beauty and strength to show the fragile, graceful petals that have been hiding underground all winter.
So, to all those embodying the Lion’s strength, grace and beauty in blooming this spring, three Rawr’s for March-ing forward – oh and a little recipe for dinner, just in case you have the Lion’s appetite too.
Rack of Lamb with Pecan Herb Crust
1 rack of lamb, about 7 or 8 chops to each rack, olive oil,salt and pepper, Herb and pecan mixture (including but not limited to: Rosemary, oregano, parsley, mint, chives and 2/3c chopped/toasted pecans), and Dijon mustard (or bold’n spicy sauce)
Wash lamb and pat dry. Rub with olive oil and salt and pepper. Position meaty side up in roasting pan; roast at 400° for 12 minutes. Remove from oven; let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a mini food processor or chopper, combine herbs and pecans; process until finely chopped. Rub mustard over the lamb, then coat well with the pecan and herb mixture. Return to oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes longer, or to desired done-ness. Cozy up and share with the ones you love.