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Hay box

An airtight box full of hay, used for cooking by retained heat. Legs of lamb are sometimes cooked in the oven in this way. If trying put a layer of hay in the bottom of a heavy casserole, with a branch of thyme and a bay leaf. Place a small leg of seasoned lamb on top. Moisten some more hay with a little water and use this to cover the lamb. Cover with a heavy lid, and baked for 40 minutes at 220 degrees centigrade / Gas 7. Carve and serve with some pre-prepared gravy.

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