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A simple but oh-so-yummy dish. Slowly cooking the fennel really develops soft aniseed flavours, a perfect accompaniment to any kind of pork.


  • 4 fennel bulbs, cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan large enough to hold the fennel in a single layer. When hot, add the fennel and brown over a high heat, turning occasionally.
  2. Remove the fennel from the pan and set aside. Add the garlic to the pan and cook gently for a few minutes, until softened but not browned. Return the fennel to the pan, season and combine with the garlic. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water and cook over a high heat for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and cook for a further 30 minutes, being careful not to let the fennel ‘catch’ in the pan. When it is done, the fennel should have a darker, mushy appearance. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper, then serve with the pork.
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