Saturday, 2 November 2013

Tajine tonight, sis and I are cooking Moroccan

Just dug the tajine out of the garage - freshly scrubbed and ready for use!

Stay tuned, step by step and recipe will follow as work progresses.

This tajine survived the plane trip back
from Morocco many years ago
Preparation is key, you need quite a lot of ingredients. 
For 2 persons you need:

  • 500 gr lamb chops (with bone)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 3 tomatoes (pealed)
  • 35 g tomato concentrate
  • 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
  • garlic to taste (min 2 cloves)
  • herbs: cumin, sweet paprika, kurkuma, pepper and salt, cinnamon (ground + 2 sticks), Ras el Hanout
  • 20 apricots (dried) and 1/2 cup raisins
  • chicken stock 
  • 1/2 cup green olives (without stones)
  • couscous


spice the meat (easiest is to put the meat and spices
in plastic bag and shake well)
cut the vegetables in big chunks, peal tomatoes and de-seed
sweat down the onions and garlic without colouring them (put aside)
same saucepan, brown the spiced meat (put aside)
pour some stock into saucepan and loosen  juices
add tomato concentrate and stir
layer the onions, the meat, the carrots, tomatoes, zucchini and
Cinnamon sticks, pour in the chicken stock until
half way up the contents
cover and bring to the boil, reduce heat to simmering
and forget for 45 min
I wish they made blogs in smell O vision, mmmmm
after 45 min add the potatoes and dried apricots, cover again
and leave for another 10 to 15 min until the potatoes are done

In the mean time prepare the couscous with some raisins.

We used a regular stainless steel saucepan for the preparation, but for presentation's sake, we used the tajine to bring to the table.

add some olives to the couscous at the bottom of the tajine
layer on the meat
now add all the vegetables and juices
sprinkle with sliced almonds and some sesame seeds
serve piping hot
 Beware! Enjoy, but watch out for over eating!