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It's important to rest a joint of meat for at least 10 minutes before carving and serving. When rested, the internal and external temperatures even out and the juices are redistributed, making the meal more succulent and easier to carve.

1 To make rub, mix herbs, garlic, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Pour in the oil and mix until well combined.

2 Using a sharp knife, make several slits about '/« in. (5 mm) long all over lamb. Rub herb mixture all over meat, pushing it into slits; leave lamb 1 hour at room temperature to marinate.

3 Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place lamb on baking tray, fat side up, and cook about 2 hours (30 minutes per 1lb./500 g). Cover with aluminium foil after 1 hour.

4 Transfer lamb to cutting board. Squeeze lemon juice over lamb; rest 10 to 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve with roasted vegetables.

SERVES 6

Preparation 20 minutes plus 1 hour marinating Cooking 2 hours

When cooked, the flavors of the herb rub will have fully permeated the meat.

Combine herbs, garlic and seasoning. Pour in olive oil and mix well.

Make slits in the meat Rub mixture all over It, pushing It into the slits.

When cooked, the flavors of the herb rub will have fully permeated the meat.

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