Let’s take slow lamb over to the other side of the Mediterranean. This isn’t quite perfected, but it’s jolly good nonetheless. Line a roasting tin with a piece of foil large enough to wrap up over and seal, and into it place the following:
- 1kg lamb neck fillet, chopped up into one inch lengths, try and get this into a single layer
- the juice of 2 lemons
- a whole head of garlic, peeled and bashed up a bit, but no need to separate
- 1 tbsp of dried chilli flakes
- 6 whole dried chillies
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 12 whole cloves
- 12 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp of sea salt (sea salt crystals are quite large, so much less if you’re using table salt)
- 20 whole black peppercorns
- a cinnamon stick broken into 2 or 3 pieces
Pack the head of garlic in with the lamb, tuck in the cinnamon sticks, and just sprinkle everything else over the top evenly. Wrap up foil, and crimp, so it’s properly sealed.
Three hours in the oven at 150°C should do. Serve with couscous.
Despite the relatively heavy use of spices, it’s mild and aromatic, rather than viciously hot, as the whole spices seem to preserve more aroma. If you need to use ground spices, then halve the quantities. You could also add a pinch of ground spices if you want to add kick. Don’t bully your guests with too much chilli, instead, just serve with harissa on the side.