The first thing I noticed as I stepped out of my car on a brisk Sunday morning in Caulfield was the tantalising scent of meat and charcoal gently wafting across the car park. Melbourne Montessori School was host to a number of tempting food options for their ‘Food on the Green’ fundraiser, but the charcoal roasted lamb on the spit by Party Spit Roast Hire was by far the most enticing at that early hour.
The lamb had been cooking over the charcoal since the seven o’clock that morning and was tender and juicy in the middle when Chef Monique carved it; parent volunteers explained that the meat was to be sold with regular and gluten-free pita bread, falafel, and salad garnishes. A friend in attendance told me the spit roasted lamb was a main attraction for him and that the allure of that perfectly-done meat in a fresh wrap was impossible to resist!
As an added bonus, the warmth from the charcoal was also providing a source of relief from the cool weather for those on their way to and from other stalls – and a source of heat for the ladies cooking pasta and sauce next to the spits. They found that placing the saucepans on the grill over the charcoal worked just as well as putting them on the stove inside, and was convenient to boot!
During the course of the day, the slow-cooked meat proved to be a great success as an element of the fundraiser, and a nourishing and enjoyable day was had by the many in the school community who attended the event.