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Win-a Potjiekos Competition with Lamb Shanks and a chef in the making…….

Posted on December 1, 2010 by in lamb

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Win-a Potjiekos Competition

Win-a Potjiekos Competition. Did you know  that there is a potjiekos ( a stew that is prepared outdoors in a black cast iron pot) recipe for every outdoor(ish) kinda dad in this country of ours. Everyone swears by their technique and recipe and sometimes I learn from them and sometimes I just listen for the sake of being polite. There are those who say “Never stir a pot!”, others say:
Win-a Potjiekos Competition. “No Flames!” and then there is the heated debate between a round pot versus a flat bottom pot. I don’t know all the secrets, but I do know that I make a mean potjie and after Saturday I believe the tradition will live on in my family..we have a little budding chef in our midst!
Win-a Potjiekos Competition. On Saturday we had our annual potjiekos competition and for months and weeks preceding this event, everyone is frantically searching for a recipe that can walk away with the trophy. I heard ideas for a biltong potjie(little pot), venison pots, vegetable pots even curry pots.
By now you all know that our little missus broke her ankle 8 weeks ago and at all these events, she feels a bit left out as all the children run around playing anything from soccer to touch rugby and she is stuck in a wheelchair. So when she announced that she will be making a pot, I was delighted! She had it all figured out, what kind of meat she wanted, what spices, what will be best for a side dish and the presentation for the judges.(I think she gets it from me, he-he!)This was all entirely her idea!

Win-a Potjiekos Competition. All you want to know about Potjiekos, you can find here!

Provencal Lamb Shanks with Samp

6  whole Lamb shanks
6 rosemary sprigs plus some for the pot
2 lemons – peels and juice
2 tins chopped tomatoes
about 1 liter chicken or vegetable stock
2-3  medium onions – finely chopped
1 cup good quality red wine
olive oil

To make the tomato paste

4 cloves of roasted garlic – available from the Smoking Shed
250gr sun dried tomatoes – re hydrated in warm water
1 green pepper – diced
½ cup roasted Bell pepper flakes
a little olive oil

Place all the ingredient sin a food processor and pulse until it becomes a smooth paste.

Dry rub

2 tbsp dry coriander – roasted
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
½ tsp cloves

Place all the dry spices in a grinder and grind to a coarse rub.

With a very small knife, make an incision next to the bone of each lamb shank.Push a piece of lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary in each one. Now drizzle some olive oil on each lamb shank and rub the dry rub into the meat. Heat your cast iron pot on the fire until it is really hot, add some olive oil and brown the lamb shanks on all sides. Remove from the pot and add some more olive oil. Saute the onions until slightly brown. Place the lamb shanks back in the pot with the red wine, stock, a few sprigs of rosemary a few more lemon peels, the juice of them lemons and some salt and pepper.Also add the tomato paste that you have made. Place the lid back on the pot and allow to cook for 3 hours. Check every now and then to see if  your pot  needs a little water, add some if it is the case. If it needs a little more heat, add a few more coals to the Your end result must be fall-of-the-fork tender meat with a rich thick tomato stew. Serve on fire.polenta, rice, mash or with chunks of ciabatta.
We served this on samp for a true South African tweak on this classic, If you are not familiar with samp, I explained it all over here!!!

Win-a Potjiekos Competition

Cook’s Notes

– This recipes can be made in the oven as well. Follow the steps until you place the lid on and then pop it in    the oven for 3 hours.
– You can add potatoes to your “stew” but for us it is perfect just the way it is.
– For more deliciousness, serve with a dollop of Basil pesto and some Parmesan shavings!

PS, Little madam did not win this competition, but she is so inspired now that she has next year’s menu all laid out already!!!

Win-a Potjiekos Competition

Now for the winner of my book give-away!!! (Drum roll please) There are indeed 77 posts in my “Baked Goods” category. The lucky lady who’s name was drawn from a hat, is Pam from For the Love of Cooking.Congratulations Pam, I am so thrilled. You have been a loyal supporter since I started this blog. 
For those who were not as lucky this time, don’t despair, there are a lots more give-aways to come.

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16 Responses to “Win-a Potjiekos Competition with Lamb Shanks and a chef in the making…….”

  1. PinkPolkaDot 1 December 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    What a nice recipe…and such an adorable and cute chef!!

  2. browniegirl 1 December 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Fantastic stuff. Well done Chloe! You are looking so lovely!! Must be all that NO SCHOOL hehe! You can be very proud of your girlie Nins…fab photos!
    I have been without pc again but just got it back tonight so I'm back. Just got to play catch up now. I don't think i ever will. Hugs xx

  3. ♥peachkins♥ 2 December 2010 at 12:52 am #

    you have a cute chef there!

  4. Pam 2 December 2010 at 6:22 am #

    Yeah I am so excited to have won the giveaway!! I've had a tough day and this made me smile. The recipe looks so tasty and your helper is adorable.

  5. Jamie 2 December 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Wow! I am always amazed and cheered when bloggers' kids do the cooking and baking but your little "missus" looks like she's been doing that for years! What an incredible meal and you can tell her that I am in awe! And that I want to make this luscious recipe! You must be such a proud mom!

  6. Rose&Thorn 2 December 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Chloe is a real Junior Masterchef! Well done, I am so impressed. Need to drop off useless 16 year old son with huge appetite for lesson!

  7. Juno 2 December 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Nins, this post is wonderful in every way: the photographs, the food, and your lovely daughter. Great example of good food blogging! x

  8. bellini valli 2 December 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    I think the acorn doesn't fall far rom the tree Nina. You have a budding chef there.

  9. My Carolina Kitchen 2 December 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Your young chef is adorable Nina. You must be very proud.

    Lamb and rosemary seem to be a marriage made in heaven. I love lamb shanks.

  10. elra 3 December 2010 at 4:20 am #

    I think your young chef is so cute and have a hidden talent !

  11. Peter M 3 December 2010 at 5:21 am #

    I've never seen lamb shanks that big over here in Canada. Yay to SA lamb and to the budding young chef!

  12. Jan 3 December 2010 at 8:40 am #

    Chloe makes a great chef! They look delish.

  13. Marisa 3 December 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    How the heck did she NOT win with that delicious looking & sounding potjie? Clearly she inherited your flair for cooking & creative flavour combos Nina! Looking forward to reading about more of Chloe's cooking adventures.

  14. Cassie 22 March 2011 at 2:22 am #

    What a simple and delicious sounding meal!


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