Lamb shanks with potatoes and pearl barley

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas Mark 2. Pour the olive oil into a casserole dish or saucepan on a medium-high heat and season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper.

When the oil is hot, add the shanks and cook for about four minutes on each side, or until they begin to brown.

Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the potatoes. Bring to the boil, then cover and place in the oven for two-and-a-half hours.

Add the potatoes, cover again and return to the oven for a further 50-60 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and the lamb shanks meltingly tender.