Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford aka Gastro Gays have been working in partnership with the European Try Lamb campaign since 2018 and we are delighted to be working with them again for the third year running.
The culinary duo are known for their cook-alongs on Instagram, as well as their highly acclaimed website filled with all things food, travel and Eurovision. The pair also regularly appear on the Virgin Media Six O’Clock Show.
This year the Gastro Gays have exclusively created three dishes for Try Lamb, which are suitable for all cooking abilities and showcase the exciting flavour combinations which can be paired with lamb.
Their dishes include a roast dinner showstopper with their seaweed rubbed slow roasted leg of lamb, a flavourful North African inspired Lamb, Date, Olive and Apricot Tagine and their absolute favourite snack – lamb dingle pies.
Patrick shares the main reasons why he and Russell? love cooking with lamb –
“We love experimenting with different flavour combinations with our cooking and we find that lamb works so well with many different foods. It’s a great ingredient to play around with, whether it’s a spicy harissa lamb flatbread or a wholesome lamb hot pot with potatoes.”
Talking about their recipe choices for the campaign Russell says -
“Our dishes this year are focused on sustainability, variety and accessibility. Therefore, we wanted to make sure that all the recipes were cost effective and were easily stored as leftovers or turned into another meal later in the week. We also wanted to combine unique ingredients such as Irish seaweed with the high quality flavours of European lamb to show that it is a meat that can be versatile.”
Russell added – “We love comfort food too, so all our meals are great served up in a tasty bowl for one or as a hearty mid-week family dinner.”
Patrick and Russell have really enjoyed being ambassadors for the Try Lamb campaign and here’s why –
“It's wonderful to be part of such an exciting, food-focused campaign, and we're thrilled to be a 'lambassador' on the Try Lamb campaign right through from Year 1 to Year 3.”
They added – “The project has shown how one simple idea, in this case a beautiful ingredient such as lamb, can blossom into a whole suite and breadth of diverse content, from traditional to digital media and everything in between and around. We've been thrilled with the organisation, delivery and partnership with the Try Lamb team and look forward to working on similar campaigns and projects for many years to come!”
Why not try one of Patrick and Russell’s dishes yourself at home? Visit the Try Lamb recipe pages for all of Gastro Gay’s delicious recipes.