Friday, May 30, 2008

what is a tagine?

A tagine is a dish - i.e. container/cooking vessel, and a dish you eat - just like a casserole, which is the food AND the container it cooks in.

A tagine has been described as a stew, but it is much more sublime than that. Tagines are slow-cooked dishes, cooked in a covered pot so that the steam and flavors don't escape, and the food stays moist. Traditionally made from heavy earthenware, the tagines were cooked over low heat on a charcoal burner. Now they can be cooked over low direct heat on a stovetop, or in the oven.

The method of cooking in a tagine is North African - you will find them in Algeria, Tunisia, and especially Morocco. Everything cooks tagine style - lamb, beef, chicken, fish, vegetables, even pigeon, turkey, or rabbit.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dinner on the Marrakech Express

Welcome to Dinner on the Marrakech Express. This is the home of traditional moroccan food, recipes generations old, influenced by west coast fusion cuisine.

Moroccan food is one of the great cuisines of the world, and with the extra punch of light and fresh pacific north-west, an amazing experience.