I’m catching up with this shit. Get this out there tonight and then I’m back on schedule…

 

BTW I think I am making these recipes for two people… I hope…

 

I love food like this and I have probably said it before so I am sorry if I’m boring you but I guess you’re kinda bored already if you’re reading this….

 

This is food for family, for friends, for loved ones or for a stormy night in.

 

And it has lamb and lentils. Two of my favourites. That’s right… more of my favourite shit. I guess it would be silly if this didn’t have at least some of my favourite shit in it though….

 

It’s not that quick so it doesn’t really meat the prerequisites but, you can put it in the slow cooker before you go to work and come home to braised lamb in all its glory… I think*, or you can watch cooking for a coupla hours or so, like me.

 

Braised Lamb Shanks with Lentils

at least 4 lamb shanks, probably 5 or 6

2 brown onion, diced

2 carrot, diced

2 sticks celery, diced

5 cloves garlic, crushed

1 anchovy fillet

1 cinnamon stick

1 sprig rosemary, make it a big one

1 sprig thyme

(if you don’t have/ can’t get fresh herbs use a pinch or two of mixed dried herbs)

2 tins crushed tomatoes

2 tins of French or du puy or green lentils

1 bottle of red. Or may be 2 tonight. It is hump day** after all…

 

Brown the lamb in a large pot. Set aside. Sauté the vegetables in the same pot until they start to soften. Add garlic and anchovy and cook out for one minute. Deglaze with half a bottle of red and reduce by half.  Drink remaining red wine. Add everything else except the lentils and simmer, covered on a low heat for1.5 hours. Add lentils and half a cup of water, and simmer for another 15 minutes or until the lamb is fall-off-the-bone-tender. Check seasoning.

 

Put some bread on the table and eat it. Eat it now. Wash it down with some red wine and love it.

 

*I can’t actually verify if this is the actual truth because I have never used a slow cooker. I just like to make the time to watch my food cook slowly. Every stage of its glory. The smells that permeate my whole house (and sometimes out the window and into the front yard, the cheeky little buggers) for a day. And the sides. And maybe a chutney while you wait.  That;’s my idea of a good day in

** Wednesday is “hump day”. The hump in the middle of the working week that you get over and get closer to the weekend.