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a stew's brewing 
by Stephanie Cloutier | 
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greek lamb stew
My ultimate favorite stew! I make this stew a few times during the cold months, always in a large batch and freeze it for future meals. Made with simple ingredients, it also combines my favorite foods: lamb, pasta and a whole bottle of wine (notice an obvious pattern here).
For the lamb, buy the cheap cuts like shoulder, which will have the bone attached. Remove meat from the bones and cut into bite-size pieces. As for the bones, put them in the stew so all of the flavors will be incorporated -- just remember to remove the bones before serving. You can also buy precut lamb cubes for stews in the frozen section of your grocery store. One full bag should be suitable.

4 Tbsp olive oil
2 kg lamb shoulder, cut into pieces, fat trimmed
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 bottle tomato puree or large can of tomatoes, chopped
1 bottle white wine
2-3 cups macaroni
2 cups boiled water
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 tsp dried oregano, thyme
3 bay leaves
feta and additional oregano for garnish (optional)

Pour 3 Tbsp olive oil into large pot and turn heat to medium. Add lamb pieces, browning them on all sides but do no cook them through. Remove pieces and set aside in bowl. In a food processor, add celery, a fat pinch of salt, garlic and onions, and finely chop. Transfer celery and onion mixture, along with thyme and oregano, to pot with the remaining olive oil, and cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables become soft and translucent. Add lamb pieces (along with the meat juices) to the pot, as well as the carrots, wine, tomato, water and bay leaves. Put lid on the top and let it simmer on low-medium heat for two hours. After two hours, add pasta. Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes. Chop fresh oregano; sprinkle the oregano and some feta cheese before serving.


Stephanie Cloutier is a Toronto-based freelance writer and photographer who is happily addicted to bellydancing, Flickr and throwing swanky parties in her 650-square foot apartment.


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