Irish' stew

Ingredients

  • 300g whole wheat, soaked overnight in water 
  • 2kg lamb loin chops, boned, trimmed and cut into 3cm cubes 
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 120ml olive oil 
  • 24 shallots, skinned but left whole
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 2.5cm x 5cm batons
  • 2 turnips, peeled and cut into 3cm wedges
  • 1 celeriac, peeled and cut into 2.5cm x 5cm batons
  • 350g baby charlotte potatoes, halved
  • 150ml white wine
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, 4 of oregano and 2 of parsley, tied with string, plus extra parsley to serve
  • 450ml chicken stock
  • For the paste:
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 30g parsley, chopped
  • 1½ tsp grated orange zest
  • 60ml olive oil 
Irish' stew
    Serves six to eight
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Drain and rinse the soaked wheat, put it in a medium pan with lots of water, bring to a boil and simmer for an hour, until cooked. Drain and set aside.
  2. Season the lamb with a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Put one tablespoon of oil in a large, deep sauté pan for which you have a lid; place on a medium-high heat. Add some of the lamb – don't overcrowd the pan – and sear for four minutes on all sides. Transfer to a bowl, and repeat with the remaining lamb, adding oil as needed.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add a tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the shallots and fry for four minutes, until caramelised. Tip these into the lamb bowl, and repeat with the remaining vegetables until they are all nice and brown, adding more oil as you need it.
  4. Once all the vegetables are seared and removed from the pan, add the wine along with the sugar, herbs, a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Boil on a high heat for about three minutes.
  5. Tip the lamb, vegetables and whole wheat back into the pot, and add the stock. Cover and boil for five minutes, then transfer to the oven for an hour and a half.
  6. Meanwhile, make the paste. Put all the ingredients in a food processor with a pinch of salt and work to a rough paste.
  7. Remove the stew from the oven and check the liquid; if there is a lot, remove the lid and boil for a few minutes. Divide between plates, drizzle over the paste, scatter on the parsley and serve.