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Takes: 25 mins to prepare and 1 hr 15 mins to cook
500g lamb neck fillet, cut into large chunks
500ml lamb stock
50ml olive oil
100g dried apricots
40g whole almonds, toasted
1 large onion, chopped
1tsp ground cumin
2tsp ground coriander
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tbsp coriander, finely chopped
For the couscous
450ml chicken stock, hot
Pre-heat the oven to 160°C.
Heat half of the olive oil in a large casserole dish over a moderate heat. Season then sear the lamb pieces until golden brown in colour all over. Remove from the dish, then add the onion and sweat for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spices at this point and a little salt, stirring well to combine.
Add the lamb back to the dish along with the apricots and cover with the stock. Bring to the boil, then cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 40-50 minutes until the lamb is tender and the potatoes are soft. Remove from the oven and stir in the honey, almonds and chopped coriander.
Adjust the seasoning as necessary, then leave to one side as you prepare the couscous. Place the couscous in a large heatproof bowl. Bring the stock to a boil in a saucepan over a medium-high heat. Pour the stock over the couscous then cover the bowl with clingfilm. Allow to sit for 5-6 minutes until the stock has been absorbed.
Remove the clingfilm and fluff the grains with fork. Spoon onto a serving tagine and spoon the lamb tagine on top. Garnish with a sprig of coriander leaves and serve immediately.
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