For the ragout:
  • 500grams boneless lamb (cut into 5cm chunks)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 large tomatoes, finely chopped(or 1 can of diced tomatoes)
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 1cup beef or chicken stock(or 1 bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup of hot water)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2cup dry red wine (optional but recommended)
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
For the mash:
  • 1 large head of cauliflower (about 750 grams)
  • 1/2cup milk
  • 25grams butter
  • 1/8tsp grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
For the ragout:
  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (or pressure cooker) and brown the lamb pieces on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add onions, celery and garlic to the same pot and sauté for 7-10 minutes until nicely browned. Pour the wine and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, stock and chilli flakes. Season with salt and lots of black pepper. Return the lamb to the pot and stir well. Cover with a lid and cook on a low-flame for 1-11/2 hours, stirring occasionally, and checking a few times in between to make sure it’s not catching at the bottom. (Alternatively, pressure cook the lamb for 15-25 minutes until cooked).
  3. Once the lamb is completely cooked, you should be able to flake it with a fork. Set aside to cool slightly. Remove the pieces of lamb from the pot and transfer to a bowl. Using your fingers, coarsely shred the lamb. Return to the pot and cook for a further 10 minutes on a low flame until you get the right consistency. Add a little stock or water if it appears a little dry. At this stage, the lamb ragout can be refrigerated (it tastes better when it’s had a little time to sit). Gently reheat before serving.
For the mash:
  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Cut the cauliflower into florets, and then into small pieces. Plunge the cauliflower into boiling water and cook until completely tender. Strain in a colander and add to a blender jar.
  2. Blend until smooth, making sure to scrape down the sides as you go along. Add milk and butter and blend again until creamy. Season with nutmeg, salt and black pepper.