BRAISED LAMB SHANKS WITH ARTICHOKE HEARTS
1 large chunked onion
2 Lamb shanks (serves 2)
Quartered artichoke hearts (canned)
1 can diced tomatoes, not drained
and 1 can water
Dried mint flakes, maybe a tbsp.
or two depending on your taste
Garlic powder (you can use freshly
chopped garlic-see below)
Celery seed or celery salt
Lots of freshly ground black
Red wine, about 1 cup
1 tbsp. brown sugar
A healthy pinch of coriander
or to taste
Brown shanks in large pot in
oil with the pepper, drain fat
Add onions and cook slow till
browned (you can add fresh chopped garlic instead of garlic powder, after
onion is brown, and cook for few minutes)
Add all ingredients except artichoke
hearts and cook for 1 ½ hours or till shanks are very tender then
add artichoke hearts for last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking time.
saw aqueducts the Romanís built to transport water from the mountains 60
miles to the baths at Carthage on the sea, temples, amphitheaters, and
villages where you could stand on the ruins of intricate mosaic floors
and imagine how life must have been at that time. You could almost hear
the voices and bustle of daily life!
We visited a 70 + year
old woman who still lives in a cave! She had electricity and T.V and the
dwelling was fascinating! The caves were carved out of the mountain side;
a wall was constructed with a door leading to an open central courtyard
with several caves branching off that. She had a kitchen cave, a living
room cave, a sleeping cave, a storage cave, etc. Her children had all moved
to the city, and she is widowed but chooses to stay in the cave dwelling.
The souks (market places)
were a cornucopia of sights and smells. The spice markets were so gorgeous
and aromatic with large baskets and containers overflowing with exotic,
brilliantly colored spices. There, you could purchase a small glass of
extremely sweet mint tea, served warm in beautifully decorated small glasses,
a little bigger than a shot glass. It was an unforgettable experience!
I could go on, but that would
be a book in itís self! You should go!