Cooking For One: Roasted Bone Marrow with Rosemary Potatoes

Before the days of super market butcher and pre-packaged meat , If one looks closely at how we eat meat or at lease used to eat meat, they would realize that nothing goes to waste.
I remember Sundays at my parents’ farm where we used to be quiet a crowd and nothing can feed us but a whole lamb that was slaughtered the same morning. No aging nothing!
The lunch menu for that day is lamb in all its variations. The meat is grilled or made into Kafka, the entails: intestines, trotters and stomach were  cleaned and left aside for the next day’s lunch. The  bones were preserved for stock, the testicular and kidneys and spine were grilled then cooked with lemon and garlic and the liver eaten raw. I don’t remember anyone taking the wool and skin but i assume someone did.  There were too many lambskin throws on the farmhouse floor in winter.
But i never remembered eating bone marrow neither lamb nor beef, i was made to suck on the bone cause it is good for me but no one sowed the bone and cooked it.
 So when i realized that beef bone marrow other than the fact that it is good for you, is readily available in the supermarket i had to try it.
I looked for a number of recipes on how to cook bone marrow and found one that is both quick and easy. Ok it called for one bone marrow per person  but lets be honest ... that doesn’t even count as an amuse bouche not to mention main course. With one bone marrow i was left hungry.
I have to admit it was good, and quick to whip up.

And here is the recipes, you can see from the picture that this is all the ingredients you need:
1 bone marrow ( just get 4 per person to make it a substantial meal)
125 g baby potatoes cut in half
2 sprigs of rosemary
2 garlic cloves skin on (one with the tip chopped off)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Pre heat the oven at 220C, put the bone marrow, potato and rosemary in a roasting pan.  Rub one garlic clove over the bone marrow. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. And roast for 30 minutes.
It is this easy to make, ... now if you are someone who is scared of fat i advise you to get yourself a piece of fish and grill it because the prepared bone marrow came with a layer of fat (at least mine did)



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