oh geeze. This is the BEST stew i have had in a while. Superb.You must try this. Also do your best to find saffron if you dont have it. It gives an aroma all its own. Another substitute for it would be veal shanks or stewing veal. The figs are perfect for it and i normally don't like figs. Update, made this again, it has to be one of the top 10 stews i have ever had.