From The Cook's Book of Intense Flavors by Robert and Molly Krause: The versatile sweet tomato makes a great base for anise-flavored fennel and tangy mustard. Plus, you can employ many different cooking techniques to both the tomato and fennel. Use them both raw for a fresh salad with a Dijon fennel seed vinaigrette. Roast the tomato and fennel and season them with mustard seed for a brothy soup. Puree all three ingredients for a creamy soup. Or go the route of the application recipe and season a braised lamb dish with this ingredient combo. These flavors are well suited to fish, chicken, beef, or lamb. This dish needs several hours in the oven so start early if you plan to eat it the same day you cook it. Serve these shanks in a shallow bowl with something such as polenta to absorb the delicious braising liquid.