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Lamb Shanks & Apricots
We love lamb shanks in our house and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them. We loved this recipe it had a great flavour combination with just the right amount of spiciness coming through without taking away from the yummy natural flavour of the lamb. I just simmered our shanks on the stove top on a low heat rather than doing them in the oven. I served ours over couscous and it was a truly delicious meal. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe or see more photos please click here.


3 Tablespoons olive oil
1kg Lamb shanks
1/4 Cup plain flour (seasoned)
2 Onions, sliced
1 Large green capsicum, cored & sliced
1 Fennel bulb, sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Teaspoon ground coriander
1 Teaspoon ground cumin
500ml Chicken stock
1 Pinch saffron thread
2 Teaspoons sambal oelek
1 1/2 Teaspoons honey
Freshly ground salt & pepper, to taste
1 Cup dried apricot, chopped
parsley, to serve


1. Preheat oven to 150°C.

2. In a casserole dish flour lamb and brown in hot oil. Then remove and set aside.

3. Add a little more oil to dish and gently sauté onion, capsicum and fennel until softish, stirring regularly and scraping the bottom of the pot.

4. Add ginger, garlic, coriander and cumin, and mix well.

5. Add stock, saffron, sambal, honey, seasonings and apricots.

6. Return lamb to pot, stir, cover.

7. Place in oven for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until cooked to your liking.

Serve with couscous, rice or mashed potato and sprinkled with fresh parsley.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

Garlic Pork Tenderloin
This is fabo pork tenderloin recipe, the end result is truly delicious. I used sun-dried tomatoes in place of fresh as we are not the biggest tomato fans in my family and they worked really well. I served ours with a side of vegetables, drizzled a little of the sauce over the pork and served the rest on the side. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe please click here.


3lbs Pork tenderloins
8 Ounces fresh button mushrooms, sliced
1 Cup tomato, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Medium yellow onion, diced
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Teaspoons lemon pepper
6 Minced garlic cloves
2 Cups chicken stock
2-4 Tablespoons cream

Note: I added the cream at the end and then thickened with cornflour as we prefer our sauce a little thicker so take your pick.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Melt the butter and oil in a large, oven safe pan with a lid.

3. Season the pork by rubbing it with the lemon pepper and half of the garlic and then rolling it in flour.

4. Brown the pork on all sides over medium heat; this should take roughly 10 minutes. Remove the pork to a plate.

5. Add the onions and mushrooms to the pan and brown for 5 minutes, then add tomatoes and stir to coat everything. Add the remaining garlic and the chicken stock. Stir well and then place the pork on top.

6. Cover the pan and return to the oven for 45 – 60 minutes until the pork is done.

7. Remove the pork from the pan, and add the cream to lightly thicken the sauce.

8. Let the pork rest for approx 7 minutes, then slice and serve atop rice or noodles and pour some sauce over the top of the pork.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.