These things I know to be true:
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
An object in motion will stay in motion unless an opposite force comes into play.
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
The older I get, the more aware I am of gravitational forces.
Snow + rain = bear to clean up.
A bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans is not safe in my house.
Lamb on my dinner table will not get eaten.
Needless to say, I went a little rogue on this one...
Lamb was traded out for pork shoulder.
The oven was traded out for a slow cooker. (Meat and aromatics were browned on the stove top before going into the cooker).
Other than that, I kind of sort of followed the recipe.
Surprisingly, The Dude went back for seconds and thirds (although the leftovers are still sitting in the refrigerator) - so I am not sure if he liked it or was just really hungry.
This particular flavor pairing didn't blow my socks off, but I liked the concept of this dish and would play around with it again in the future to adjust the flavors more to taste (more dried peppers, perhaps?). Since I changed this dish up a bit, I take full credit for my ambivalence - I am not blaming the recipe. (It's not you, it's me - except, this time I really mean it...)
The rice pilaf didn't make it to the leftover stage :-)
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The recipe for Lamb and Dried Apricot Tagine can be found here.