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to add ribena to the lamb shank casserole.

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littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 14:33:25

It all looked so lovely and rich, as did the ribena.

plus I'm fighting tonsillitis and this is an on the mend lamb fest grin

justmyview Sat 29-Mar-14 14:42:20

Bleurgh, I think that sounds a weird combination, but each to his own. Are you Heston Blumenthal?

phantomnamechanger Sat 29-Mar-14 14:45:23

OP - is your name Letitia Cropley? "I didn't have any butternut squash so I just used orange squash instead" grin

littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 14:45:39

it was just a shot, red jelly sprang into my mind just before I did it.

couldn't be arsed to fry the onions mind...

littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 14:47:43

there's half a bottle of merlot (dh didn't realise it was for cooking when he got it) and tomato paste plus veggies too. just a dash of blackcurrants adding to the mix?


littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 14:48:39

lol phantom grin (no idea who that is though confused )

agedknees Sat 29-Mar-14 14:49:09

Let us know how it turned out please (says she who once added tuna to bolognese sauce marinating mince in the slow cooker)!!

littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 14:50:00

oooh yum! (how did tha t turn out?)

agedknees Sat 29-Mar-14 14:51:57

We had a Chinese takeaway that night.

800threadcount Sat 29-Mar-14 14:52:24

Ohhh I wouldn't.... I just wouldn't. visions of lovely lush casserole getting chucked Throw in a can of tomatoes and some brown sugar instead.

littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 15:09:19

well it's too late, but is it really unreasonable not to think ribena might be nice? in that way that adding prunes or apricots to casseroles make a yummy extra yum? (other black currant cordial brands are available)

phantomnamechanger Sat 29-Mar-14 15:15:38

Letitia Cropley is an elderly parishioner from 'The Vicar of Dibley' - who improvises in her cooking - victoria sponge with branston pickle topping anyone?

Balaboosta Sat 29-Mar-14 15:17:42

Nigella famously cooks ham in coca cola. I think it's an interesting idea.

phantomnamechanger Sat 29-Mar-14 15:18:12

joking aside, unless you put too much in I think it will be fine- lamb and redcurrant is a traditional match - as is pork and apple, duck and orange.....& I do a mean chicken and apricot curry

800threadcount Sat 29-Mar-14 15:20:15

I suppose this is how innovation comes about..... :-) Hope it's yummy (starving now!)

Blu Sat 29-Mar-14 15:21:16

Yes, but the ham is v salty, whereas lamb is sweet and rich.

Fruitiness of blackcurrants - fine
Extreme sweetness of Ribena - less so.

I'm sure a dash will be fine. Add salt and a small splash of balsamic vinegar if it tastes too sweet after cooking.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Sat 29-Mar-14 15:24:07

Redcurrant jelly is not really sweet though. However this is coming from someone who thinks lamb and apricots or duck and orange or pork and apple are all grim, so it sounds truly awful to me.

AwfulMaureen Sat 29-Mar-14 16:24:12

Ham is salty which is why it works with coke...they're opposites. Lamb is mellow and almost sweet which is why it's most often cooked with quite tangy herbs....

Gossipyfishwife Sat 29-Mar-14 18:50:02

Ok I need to know. Does the lamb/ribena combination work?

littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 19:30:56

bloody gorgeous grin

-pats over full tummy-

it really wasn't much so I've just added a little more to a ladle of the gravy (made double) to taste test - definitely gorg.

in my now expert opinion blackcurrants would vastly improve a lambshank casserole (ribena in the absence of black currents)....

wonder if blueberries work?

AND the first time I'm bloody painkiller free for 3 effing weeks with this sodding throat infection grin

Chelvis Sat 29-Mar-14 19:31:39

God no. I had to remortgage recently to buy a leg of lamb. Far too expensive to experiment with!

littleowl14 Sat 29-Mar-14 19:31:57


Chelvis Sat 29-Mar-14 19:33:29

Oh, cross posted. Glad it worked!

PPPpickUPaPenguin Sat 29-Mar-14 19:36:39

Good to know, glad it was nice.

PorkPieandPickle Sat 29-Mar-14 19:37:30

I have used ribena in lamb casserole it's a lovely combo smile

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