Saturday night – 04/25/2015

Smaller than usual gathering this week with one family away.

Braised lamb shank with cardamon and orange
Carrots and fennel with warm spices
Homemade Focaccia

Lemon Squares

8 gathered for dinner this week (7 adults; 1 kids).

The recipe I used for the lamb called for a 2 hour cooking time. Sadly that wasn’t sufficient to get the meat to pull apart tender. I used the pressure cooker with 2 shanks at a time (with about a cup of the braising liquid); 15 minutes under pressure seemed to complete the task. I may try to make a smaller version of the recipe with just the pressure cooker. We like the flavors a lot.

Ted made the risotto, he with the patience to stir and stir and stir. He also made the focaccia, a no-kneed variety that rose very high in the oven. Very tasty.

I made the lemon squares using a couple of different recipes as guides. The base to filling ratio was a bit off however they tasted great.


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