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Recipe for Latvian Mikelis Day - Lamb ragu

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Today, September 29, Latvia celebrates Mikelis (Michaelmas) Day, which is the Autumn Solstice, when the sun turns towards winter, and day and night are the same length.

This is an important point in a farmer’s daily rhythm, as the most important chores are finished and activity in fields slowly dies down, according to Greetings from Latvia.

Every year, various annual fairs take place throughout Latvia on Mikelis Day, where local farmers sell their products to hungry city slickers. The fairs are a joyous event, which also gather local craftsmen and musicians, as many various events are also organized throughout the day.

One of the largest Mikelis Day events will take place in Riga’s Dome Square on September 29.

The fair invites people to taste and purchase local products – delicious, healthy and natural food and dairy products, herbal teas and fruit juices, berries, apples, honey, bacon, bread, as well as many other Latvian traditional dishes and goodies.

Latvian craftsmen will also present a wide choice of handmade wickerwork, pottery, bathhouse items, knitwear, textile and wooden products, jewelry, ornaments, souvenirs, and many other items.

This time BNN offers a recipe to mark Mikelis Day.

Slow-cooked lamb ragu

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1kg half leg of lamb

1 large brown onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

4 slices pancetta, finely chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled, cut into 1cm pieces

2 celery stalks, cut into 1cm pieces

1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme and sage)

1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes

2 OXO chicken stock cubes, crumbled

500g dried pappardelle pasta

Shaved parmesan cheese, to serve

Procedure

Heat oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat. Add lamb. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to a plate.

Add onion, garlic, pancetta, carrot, celery and herbs to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes or until onion has softened. Add wine. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste, tomato, stock cubes and 2 cups cold water. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil. Return lamb to pan. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, turning halfway during cooking, for 2 hours 30 minutes or until meat is tender. Transfer lamb to a large plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.

Increase heat to medium. Bring tomato mixture to the boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thickened.

Remove and discard fat and bone from lamb. Using 2 forks, coarsely shred lamb. Add to tomato mixture. Stir to combine.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain. Transfer to a platter. Top with lamb mixture and parmesan.

Enjoy!

(Source: Taste.com)


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