The cooking term “hash”, which comes from the French hacher, to chop, means sliced or diced meat and vegetables. It was the name given to certain esteemed dishes from the Middle Ages onwards but fell into grave disrepute at the hands of many appallingly bad nineteenth-century cooks.
A hash requires a very good sauce, preferably with
Put half the butter into a large saucepan and fry the carrots and the onions, turning constantly for 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle in the rosemary, thyme, spices, pepper and salt. Stir in the flour and allow to cook for 30 seconds. Mix the stock and cider in slowly, stirring and turning the vegetables. Bring to the boil and boil fairly briskly for 25 minutes, stirring often. After 20 minutes melt the remaining butter in a frying-pan and gently fry the small cubes of lamb for about 3 to 4 minutes, turning and shaking them.
Check that the vegetables are tender and the sauce well seasoned. Pour into a shallow, fireproof serving dish and put the cubes of lamb on top of the sauce and vegetables. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately, or keep hot for not more than a few minutes before sprinkling with parsley and serving.
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