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jan 2: algeria

Algerian Lamb Shanks with Couscous and Eggplant Sautee

This dish has about 7-10 minutes of active time, but requires a day of slow cooking, so be sure to start well in advance. I usually do not love fruit playing in my savory meals, but this was amazing.

Algerian Lamb Shanks

  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cups orange juice
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes (I like fire roasted)
  • 2 T vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1. Put all ingredients in a slow cooker, other than the lamb. Stir it. Add the lamb meat side down. Add water if needed to ensure the liquid comes up ½ way up the side of the lamb.

2. Slow cook for 7-9 hours.


  • 1 box plain couscous
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • pat butter
  • 1 tsp salt 

1. When lamb is ready, heat broth with butter and salt in a small saucepan with a lid. As soon as it boils, mix in the couscous. Turn off the heat source. Let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Eggplant Sautee

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ onion
  • 1 T sweet smoked paprika
  • 2 small zucchini, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes (I like fire roasted)
  • salt
  1. Slice eggplant and place in a colander. Salt liberally. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Dice onion and add to a skillet  with oil over mdeium heat. Sautee until soft.
  3. Add paprika. Stir for one minute.
  4. Add zucchini. Rinse and dice eggplant and add it to skillet.
  5. After 5 minutes, add the tomatoes. Cook for another 10 minutes.

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 Fun Facts

  1. Algeria is the largest country by area in Africa.
  2. Albert Camus played as goalkeeper in the football team for the University of Algiers, which may therefore be the world’s only university to have had a Nobel Prize-winning goalkeeper in its team.
  3. In 2007, a court in Algeria had to rule on the ownership of a donkey which had eaten the money brought by a purchaser for its sale.



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