Osso buco is Italian for ‘bone with a hole’ and refers to cross cut pieces of veal shank, and also the braised veal shank. Those Italians certainly get a lot of mileage from their words. Veal has become much more readily available in Auckland with the mushrooming of gourmet food markets and specialty butchers. I purchased the osso buco from Farro Fresh (Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington), one of my favourite food stores.
I have had a copy of ‘Bones: recipes, history & lore’ by Jennifer McLagan on my shelf for several years now, and this was the perfect opportunity to try out one of the osso buco recipes, though I varied some of the ingredients with what I had on hand.