Ok all --if you are like me and have never used fennel this recipe rocks the house! Just finished eating it and OMG! We get 2 lamb from a local farmer so I made a half recipe with 2# of the stewing meat. Then I followed the recipe to a tee (except didn't make the croutons). Served on couscous. Tasting while cooking was delicious--but adding the orange zest and juice at end took it to a new level! If you make it --do not skip or substitute the orange!