Roman Christmas Lamb
600 g lamb
50 g black olives, pitted and halved
2/3 cup red wine
2/3 cup vegetable stock
6 canned anchovy fillets
4 garlic cloves
3 springs thyme, stalks removed
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
Cook the lamb with the oil and butter for 5 minutes.
Grind together the garlic, thyme and anchovies to make a smooth paste.
Add the red wine and vegetable stock to the lamb.
Stir in the garlic paste and sugar.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
Stir the olives into the sauce and mix to combine.