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Lamb Shanks

My trusty food photographer has let me down this week, and I’m not sure you’re going to believe I’ve cooked lamb.  So far this week, I had a day off Jamie on Monday, because Monday is left-over night, and I’m running low on recipes, so there was nothing I could do with my left-over roast. However, on Tuesday I had the afternoon off work, so I put it to good use and cooked lamb shanks, which need many hours of slow cooking time.  But I have no evidence! It just looks like stew, which I can assure you it wasn’t! Where is the bone sticking out of a succulent piece of meat?!?!?  My feedback for Jamie this time is the lamb was nice, but it didn’t fall off the bone quite like it does with other recipes I’ve tried, and I think that was because the sauce was quite thick and it could’ve done with a little longer cooking time. Personally (and I can’t believe I’m writing this) I prefer the Gary Rhodes recipe in his seasonal cook book.

Having spent hours cooking on Tuesday, Wednesday had to be a bit quicker so it was back to the vegetable dishes – a pleasing but not astounding roast asparagus dish. And tonight’s dish was even quicker. Back to pasta, I didn’t make the pasta tonight :( , but I did make the very tasty mushroom sauce to go with it. Altohough, again, I have some constructive critism for Mr. Oliver – The mushrooms were good, but the dish was a little dry. I think if this recipe were in one of his later books he would be recomending that you put some of the pasta cooking liquid with the mushrooms to give it a bit of a sauce. I also have to confess I did the quantity of mushrooms for four people, for two! And it still wasn’t quite enough…

Pasta

Action Shot!

Bon Apetite

Comments

Comment from dad
Time July 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Hi Nic,if you do the lamb shanks again,dont thicken the cooking liquid until the end of the cooking time.The thicker the juice you cook in,the longer it takes,in my experience.X

Comment from Nic
Time July 11, 2010 at 11:11 am

Maybe you should tell Jamie that!!! I followed the recipe to the letter!!!

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