First, you gotta choose your lamb.
We go 2 different ways;
1- the economical shank or
2- the more expensive "steak".
This is where you choose a really nice leg of lamb, select where the thickest part is
and have the butcher cut it there. You then keep the big part as a small roast and
the other part is cut up into 1 inch thick slices.(stew meat, also works well on the BBQ...
remember to keep frozen).
- Then select a good sized pot ( not aluminum )put the, preferably frozen, lamb in the bottom.
- Add three carrots (loose cut) half peeled celery root (or regular celery if you can't get the root).
- One small onion ( unpeeled, but cleaned of excess exterior, cut in half only)one whole,uncut HEAD (yes, head) of garlic.
- One small loosely cut rutabaga(turnip)a zucchini or two or ....a selection of veggies including potato.
- Fill pot to one inch or so from the brim with Spring water ( not the devoid-of-nutrient distilled"drinking" type).
- Bring the lot to a boil. After ten minutes begin to remove the froth from the top of the liquid.Reduce heat to medium.
- Now add 2 good cups of rinsed barley ( pearled or pot makes no difference).
- Simmer covered for 1 hour. Add your favorite herbs and spices ( ours prefers spicy like cayenne...)
- We use savory, thyme, rosemary, black pepper, madras, coriander powder, cumin, herbe de Provence and for a large pot 2-3 tbsp dark soya sauce.
- Simmer covered for another hour. Then, remove the head of garlic and the meat. Remove the fat and bones from the meat.
- Cut up the meat into bits, toss the fat in the garbage, toss the meat and the marrowed bones back into the pot.
- When the garlic head has cooled, squeeze out the paste and add it back into the pot minus the skin.Let simmer another hour UNcovered.
- Salt and pepper to taste.Don't forget to occasionally stir the pot throughout the process.
- Get yourself a nice big bowl, a piece of quality Pita or healthy bread and enjoy !!!
P.S. : Chicken(no skin & frozen) works the same way. It's best if the meat is FROZEN when it first goes in.
Helpful Hint: Want a stew ?...simmer down to desired thickness. Want a soup ?...put in less veges and barley and add more liquid.
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