The colder weather outside and the chill inside our condo inspire me to cook dishes low and slow adding warmth and aroma to our home. One of my favorite meals to prepare is braised lamb shanks with vegetables. Sometimes I make them with simple ingredients; white potatoes, carrots, and peas flavored with onions, garlic, salt and pepper.
When I want to revisit a dining experience I had in Morocco, I add Ras El Hanout , a Moroccan spice mixture with the addition of dried fruit (prunes, raisins, or dried apricots).
And sometimes I take it to west Africa and do a twist on groundnut (peanuts) stew by adding peanut butter to my braising liquid. Either way this recipe is guaranteed to make falling off the bone, tender lamb shanks.