Lamb from Down Under

An elegant meal with minimal work

Lamb Shanks with Olives and Capers

James Carrier

Lamb Shanks with Olives and Capers

I love Australia's vitality, its dynamic food scene, and the crowd of Aussie friends I've accumulated through the years. Take Peter, for instance, and his buddy Bronwyn ― culinary enthusiasts both. As house guests one afternoon, they announced they were going to cook lamb shanks, and who knows how to do that better than Australians? As the shanks roasted gently in the oven ― untended ― their mellow, herbal aroma filled the house, and Peter demonstrated a true virtue of the dish: He took a nap before we shared this cozy winter's-eve meal.

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