Monday, September 10, 2012

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks From the Mountains to the Sea

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

We are back from our quick ski holiday, and despite the post holiday blues, it is definitely official, when I die, I am coming back as one of my kids.  Skiing down the slopes one day and out sailing on beautiful Pittwater the next.  What a life and the food's not bad either.  Slowed cooked lamb shanks, the melt in your mouth variety, which I've been meaning to share for a while.

So from this, which by the way was so much easier this year, due to my fitness regime and weight loss.  I felt like I was 20 years old again that day, absolutely ripping it up, on beautiful snow and blue skies.......

to this.  The yacht club opened on Sunday and Mr Beach House is beside himself with joy.  He is one proud dad, when he sees this.

And this.

And if the biggest Beach House Brat fails to take the sport up seriously, then there is always this.

For me this is much more exciting than sailing, but I love that the kids are out amongst it.  The next suburb still has junk out for the council clean up and I found another vintage ladder and 4 shutters all for the next car boot sale. Can't wait!!!!!!

Oh and here's the recipe.  You will love this one.  Soooooo easy and very yummy.

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Lentils and Tomatoes
4 lamb shanks
1 can lentils drained and well rinsed
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 cups beef stock (I use Campbells brand)
1 heaped dessert spoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook for 6 to 8 hours
If you are using an oven. Place all ingredients in a baking dish except the lentils.  Place into a preheated oven 180C/350F.
Cook covered for 1 hour.
Add lentils
Turn shanks and cook for another hour uncovered.

Serve with potato of choice or cous cous and green beans.

If you are not a fan of lentils, I think you should try this one, as you will love them....So good!!!!  They are full of protein and very filling, so great on a weight loss program.

If it's just the two of us eating this, I will serve  the left overs as a soup the next night (slow cooker version only) having taken the meat from the bone of the two remaining shanks and added some more beef stock and/or water and salt. I also throw any left over cous cous in, to add texture. 

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  1. Oh my goodness, it's only 7:24 am and I'm drooling over those lamb shanks! I might try this recipe soon!

  2. I would *love* a little sailboat like that one!!!

    It sounds like you had a nice trip to the snow!

  3. Looks like you guys have had an awesome week Carolyn! I may just have to have a shot cooking those lamb shanks too, yum! Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog :)
    Cas x

  4. That's one amazing week ;o)
    You lucky duck.
    I'm gonna try that recipe too.
    Tania xx

  5. Looks like a fun outdoors week!
    I think I will try that recipe next time VCH and I have a date night in.

  6. you timed it well for the snow! 2 of my great loves skiing and sailing.
    lamb looks delicious.

  7. The lamb looks divine! What an wonderful week you've had :)

  8. Looks like fun! How amazing to be able to do two very different seasonal sports at the same time! We will be heading into ski season in 3 months but there definitely won't be outdoor swimming anywhere around here! Thanks for your kind comments on my recent post. You summed up my feelings so well!


  9. my my this looks delicious!
    Bec x

  10. I couldn't pull your blog up and others for two days. It was
    worth waiting-great shots of Mr. Beach House Jr. sailing.
    I haven't eaten lamb in so long forgot what it tastes like.

  11. Carolyn, (you might want to delete this) I commented on your Old Government House post and I can't find the bastard thing now...but I just remembered my Great, Great Grandparents are buried in St John's cemetery Parramatta - the oldest European cemetery in Australia. Fascinating place - full of convicts, bushrangers, Pioneers, First Fleeters and even Samuel Marsden the "Flogging Parson". I wrote to The Herald about it once - sadly neglected - nobody gives a bugger - if it were in The States it would be a national monument. You'd love it I'm sure.

    "In colonial times, bodies from the convict hospital were carried to their graves by the chain gang, contrasting sharply with elaborate funerals of the hierarchy of the colony".

    1. We went out for a visit to old Government House in Parramatta and will return one day to do the ghost tour. You are right I would love that cemetery and so would H.

    2. PS This is the comment I put on that post for you

      "Funny you are descended from magistrates, Freddy's Great Great Grandfather was a magistrate in Goulburn around the same time. They probably knew each other. They also had a land grant in Neutral Bay and built Redlands House, now the school, Redlands. Sadly the house was pulled down."

  12. I have to try this recipe! It looks scrumptious! Saw your link on 52 Mantels. Pinning for future cooking. :)

  13. I can't wait to try this recipe! Pinning this one for next week's menus!


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