Incredible baked lamb shanks

Many people have a real affection for lamb shanks, thinking of them as a bit of a treat. I’ve cooked them for years and really love this particular style of baking them because it’s so easy and comforting – almost like wrapping up a jacket potato to put on the bonfire.

Lamb roast

Make incisions into the lamb and place a sprig of rosemary and garlic in each hole. Rub with olive oil and season well. Drizzle with lemon juice and keep in fridge for at least 3-4 hours, over night is best. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat a frying pan to high heat and add the oil. Sear the lamb for 2 to 3 minutes , browning all sides.

Beef Brisket and Braai Potjiekos

Prepare the braai sauce first. Over medium heat, heat the oil and then sauté the onion and garlic in it until onion is light brown and translucent. Add the remainign sauce ingredients, cover with lid and allow to simemr for 30-45 minutes so thatthe flavours combine and the sauce thickens.

Lamb Sosaties

Heat the oil in a frying-pan and saute the onion rings (and green pepper blocks, if using) until very lightly cooked – make sure the onion rings remain intact. Drain them on absorbent paper.

Beef Tagine

Mix all the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Put the beef into a large bowl, massage it with the spice rub, then cover with cling film and put into the fridge for a couple of hours – ideally overnight – that way the spices really penetrate and flavour the meat.

Cottage Pie

To a large, deep frying pan, add enough oil to cover the base and heat. Sautée the onion, carrots and garlic until the onion is translucent but not browning. Add the garlic and beef mince and continue to cook until the mince is browned and almost cooked.

Spicy Lamb Cutlets

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Drizzle the cutlets with olive oil and sprinkle over a pinch of salt, the black pepper, chilli and the thyme leaves. Give the cutlets a good rub to massage in the flavours, then put to the side.

Moroccan Lamb Shank Tagine

In a very large heavy-bottomed pot (I had to use two as none of mine were large enough to hold all the ingredients!), heat half the olive oil. Add the chopped celery, onion, carrot, garlic and spices. Fry for a few minutes to soften.

Excellent Beef Bunny Chow

Cube the meat and slice the onion; peel and dice the tomato. Heat the oil and add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, onion and curry leaves. Fry until the onion is light golden brown in colour.