Let them eat fruit – Lamb and Apricots.

Splat!  Another tasty home-made dish made for Molly is thrown on the kitchen floor….  It can be difficult to get little ones to eat the things you want them to, so I’ve devised a cunning plan to get her to eat more meat – Hide it inside a fruity casserole.  I was inspired by a recent edition of Good Food magazine to try a lamb and apricot tagine.  I didn’t have the spices they listed so I made this version up myself.  Chris & I really enjoyed it too and there’s some in the freezer for another night.

For 4 large portions & some little ones, you will need:

  • 1 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (optional – leave out if you can’t get them)
  • 500 g lamb neck fillet chopped in chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 3 inches of thickly sliced lemon rind studded with 6 cloves (this is a neat trick which means you don’t lose the cloves in the casserole so no risk of biting into one when you’re eating it)
  • 1 butternut squash cut into chunks
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 150 g apricots
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chopped coriander to garnish (optional)


Use a blender / food processer to blitz the onions, garlic, coriander, cumin and mustard seeds, adding a drop of water to make it into a paste if it’s too solid.  Fry this paste gently with the lamb in the olive oil until the lamb is browned on all sides.  Add in all the other ingredients apart from the squash and cook in the oven for 1 hour at 150C.  After an hour, add the squash and cook for another 30 minutes.  Remove a portion for the little ones before seasoning.  This is great served with rice or couscous and yoghurt.


4 thoughts on “Let them eat fruit – Lamb and Apricots.

  1. I cooked this for dinner tonight and it was really delicious. My only comment would be that I had to cook it a bit longer as the squash seemed to take ages to cook.
    Another great recipe from the Claremont road kitchen!

    • Hi Jane – glad you liked this. Thanks for the tip on the squash. I guess it depends on how big the chunks are. We’ve still got some in the freezer so I’m looking forward to having this as a lazy treat some night soon!

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