This is a simple but delicious dish. The smoky taste and succulence of a Tendersweet bacon joint permeates the potatoes which cook underneath it in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, cumin and mace, with onion and tomato to make a rich juice. Only a simple green vegetable, such as steamed cabbage, is needed as an accompaniment.
Cut the potatoes into
Put the rest of the chopped garlic in a small bowl with the remaining teaspoon of cumin seeds and season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Smear this mixture all over the bacon joint, then place it on top of the potatoes. Cover the casserole and cook in the centre of a preheated oven, 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4 for 1¾–2 hours.
To serve, lift the joint on to a carving board and cut into thin slices with a sharp knife. Serve the potatoes and their juices straight from the casserole.
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