Preheat oven to 325°F. In a deep frying pan, heat the olive oil at high. Salt and pepper the shanks, then brown them on all sides. Transfer to a broiler with all the ingredients except the cream, and cover with water or chicken broth. Bring to a boil, cover the broiler immediately with aluminum foil, and place it in oven for 2 hours, or until the meat pulls away easily from the bone. Strain the cooking broth and reduce it in a pan until it reaches the desired consistency. Then add the cream. Serve with mashed potatoes and green vegetables. Use the shank meat in strips and the cooking broth to make a sauce to accompany your choice of pasta.
Lamb shanks braised in beer and honey, served with mashed potatoes and green vegetables, makes a great dinner for guests and family.