Ingredients:

  • 3 Lb. beef
  • 4.oz butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 Ib dried prunes
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron
  • blanched almonds
  • 3 short cinnamon sticks
  • fresh water cress or mint
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

How to Make :

  1. -Combine the oil and ground spices in a bowl
  2. -cut the beef into cubes, chop onions finely, and mix both into oil and spices. Let stand.
  3. -Sear the meat lightly in butter, add any remaining marinade and enough water to cover
  4. -simmer until meat is tender
  5. -while the meat is cooking, cover the prunes with boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes
  6. -Drain the prunes and cook them in a small amount of liquid from the meat
  7. -Add the lemon peel, cinnamon sticks, and half the sugar.
  8. -Stir the remaining sugar into the meat
  9. -Arrange the meat, prunes, and their sauce on serving dish
  10. -Boil the remaining liquid from the meat rapidly to reduce it by half
  11. -Pour sauce over the meat and prunes
  12. -Garnish with almonds sautéed in a little butter and with watercress or mint
  13. -Serve with rice or couscous