Slow Cooked Lamb with California Prunes, Almonds and Minted Couscous


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 250g couscous
  • 2 red onions- cut into wedges
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 200g California Prunes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint
  • Salt and pepper
  • 70g flaked almonds
  • Cumin
  • 50g pomegranate seeds
  • Dried mint
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pint of stock


1. Place the lamb shanks into a shallow pan.
2. Add the red onions, California prunes, tomatoes cut into 1/4’s and the lemon cut in half.
3. Season with salt, pepper and cumin.
4. Add the dried mint and cinnamon stick.
5. Pour in the stock and place the lid on before baking in a pre heated oven 160c for 2-3 hours.
6. When cooked remove from the oven, remove the lid and put on the hob.
7. Boil the sauce to reduce by half and thicken slightly.

To make the couscous:

1. Place the couscous in a bowl with the cumin, salt and dried mint.
2. Pour the boiling water over the grains and leave to soak.
3. Do not under any circumstances stir the couscous it needs to be left to soak and absorb the liquid.
4. Add the almonds, pomegranate, lemon juice and olive oil before stirring with a folk to make sure it is nice and fluffy.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.