Roast Lamb with Herbs & Cream Cheese


On a cold winter evening when the world is just…sad there is always good food for comfort. This recipe does it all, and guilt free from a low carb standpoint. Here is one of my favorites. The leftovers from this are awesome in any number of dishes, and it takes only about 1 1/2 hour from start to finish.

  • Butterflied leg of lamb, 3 to 4 lbs
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 to 3 T olive oil
  • 1/2 C parsley leaves
  • 1 T fresh rosemary leaves or 1 t dried rosemary
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic chopped or pressed
  • 1 t lemon zest
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Trim excess fat from lamb. In a food processor, purée cream cheese, olive oil, parsley, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and some salt and pepper.

2. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper on both sides, then turn so the side that had been on the bone(this will have an irregular surface), faces up, with the wider end facing you. Smear the surface of lamb with most of cream cheese mixture, then fold it in half so that it fits together with cream chesses on the inside. Tie if necessary. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Place lamb in roasting pan and cook for 30 to 40 minutes until rare (130 degrees) or medium rare (135 degrees).
It is best to have the thermometer inserted from the beginning – do not continually poke any piece of meat you are cooking as it will leave it dry and tougher.

4. Let rest on cutting board for 1/2 the time it roasted (this is good practice for any roasted meat) before slicing. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.

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Delete & Repeat is my artist reflection on living a healthy lifestyle, including creative expression and really good food. Its name is derived from a 2017 stroke that disrupted my life. ‘Delete & Repeat’ became a mantra of frustration for me as I struggled to organize my thoughts and communicate properly.

At the time I was a full time artist working in various new media, happily programming and creating electronic sculpture, interactive video & maintaining a full schedule travelling teaching, and showing.  The stroke effected my cognitive abilities and effectively shut down my career.

It took time and a complete change of lifestyle to recover. Primary to my effort was diet – I undertook a combination of keto with the addition watching inflammation to both lose weight and regain clarity. I added in regular exercise and yoga – and pursued a regular practice of research and learning.

In the food section I will post some of the recipes I live by. These recipes I follow my personal guidelines – they are not all super low carb (I currently stay in a low level of ketosis without the need to actually lose additional weight). In the health section I will include information and links to information that I come accross and see as potentially helpful, as well as things that I believe have helped me including exercise and yoga as well as cognetive practice in research and learning.

I am not a health professional of any sort so please do your own research. Where possible I will notate references.

After several years of effort things are paying off. I’m writing and working again. My art had been paused – it just recently picked back up. I have also renewed my commitment to activism – so important in the troubled world we live in. I intend on helping to right wrongs wherever I can. With my art – and whatever else I can find.

My Name Is Karen

This blog is meant to reflect me as a whole. I choose at this time to not publish my complete name – I’m just not there yet. I need the safety net of anonymity to protect my first real attempts at art again. Just call me Karen, but throw the name’s stereotype out the window. I am simply me.

January 22, 2020