Going through my recipe books, I felt I was greeting half-forgotten friends. I saw a few recipes that I thought ‘must try now the weather’s colder!’, a couple that sparked off memories of very good, or very strange dinners, and way too many recipes for cake .
However the half-forgotten recipe for slow cooked lamb shanks failed to pop out and greet me. I did find a recipe for slow-roasted lamb shanks which is essentially this:
Brown trimmed lamb shanks in a pan, then place in baking dish. Add 2 trimmed and sliced leeks, 6 cloves of garlic, sliced onion, thyme and oregano to pan to cook. Add 2 tbsp plain flour to pan to cook for a minute, then add 1 litre beef stock and 2 cups of red wine. Brink to the boil, then pour over the shanks. Cover and bung in a preheated 180-degree oven for 2 1/2 hours, turning the shanks every half hour. Serve it with mash (I like green beans and broccoli, but never brussel sprouts ), and red wine (my favourite is shiraz).
If you do want a recipe for slow cooked spaghetti Bolognaise, you could try this recipe from Nicole Avery’s blog Planning with Kids. I thoroughly endorse it!