Braised Pork with Almonds & Prunes; almost a tagine

Braised Pork & Almonds

This started out as a French dish then took a detour around the Mediterranean with stops in North Africa. That happens sometimes when I have an idea that is not fully formed when I get into the kitchen. I start pulling herbs and spices out of the cabinet and go from there. Prunes are a … Continue reading…

Lamb Tagine with Potatoes & Chickpeas; staying home

Lamb & Potato Tagine

My loyalties switched, temporarily, from my tagine to my slow cooker. I’m trying to correct that. The cooking principles are actually somewhat similar. The slow cooker uses slow heat and a lid that is supposed to stay on to keep the moisture inside, which, in turn, keeps the food moist. The conical shape of the … Continue reading…

Tagine of Lamb, Sweet Potatoes; rien, nada, niente

Tagine of Lamb & Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are not a reliable vegetable where I live. One never knows what color they will be – inside or outside. Not that it makes a difference….. But one can never rely on a getting a reasonable size, which does make a difference. For most of this fall they have been huge….. Big and … Continue reading…

Tagine of Lamb and Artichoke Bottoms; bored, sort of….

Lamb and Artichoke Tagine

We use slices from the leg for dishes like this (also great for grilling in summer). They’re lean, meatier and cheaper than chops but are a nicer quality than the packages of lamb pieces for stews. I buy bags of frozen artichoke bottoms, but plain, canned work as well, just rinse first. Finally, I use … Continue reading…

Meatballs with Preserved Lemon, cookbooks & family plans

Way back in the beginning of time when we were first talking about having our family reunion in Morocco, I bought a Moroccan cookbook: ‘the food of Morocco, a journey for food lovers’. It’s a wonderful cookbook, with beautiful photos….. When I was actually in Morocco I bought real (I think) Moroccan cookbooks. They’re not … Continue reading…

Chicken, Butternut Squash Tagine, word troubles

I’ve been thinking about Morocco again. Our conversation class resumed last night and everyone was talking about travel – where they had been and where they were going and where they hoped to go someday. I’m ready to pack my bags and head off somewhere. It doesn’t take much to make me want to travel. … Continue reading…

Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds, packing up Christmas

After I made the Chicken Korma I had leftover apricots. That happens often (always) when one is cooking for two and buys a special ingredient. With something like dried apricots, that leaves two choices: snack on them or make another dish using apricots. Being a frugal femme au foyer I opted for another dish. The Chicken … Continue reading…