Friday 27 May 2011

Tagine Love...

A while ago I posted about my new kitchen gadget, the Tagine and promised to follow up but then the earthquake happened and it sort of pushed to one side. That said I have been using it, a couple of times a week and I love it!
I bought the book, flavors of Morocco** which is lovely and worth it for the photography alone, it does make you want to jump on a plane and head to North Africa! The problem I have is getting the ingredients, often cooking in Japan requires a bit of imagination or a lot of money so I have yet to make anything from the book that is 100% following the recipe.
flavors of Morocco
Then I picked up this Japanese tagine cookbook and this made a BIG difference. It is a much less traditional book, there is a Moroccan section but they also show you how to make Japanese flavour dishes and how to use it for dishes such as omlette and stuffed peppers. With it being in Japanese the recipes are more accessible for me and I have really enjoyed trying out different styles, meat cooked in the tagine is very tender and many of the dishes use little or no oil, I have over cooked veg in it a couple of times, part of the learning curve!

The other night we had stuffed peppers, an adaption from a recipe from the book above.
Cut the peppers in half and clean out the seeds.
In the bottom of the pepper place some pieces of cheese in the bottom of each pepper.
Mix together a tin of corned beef and a cup of sweet corn.
Stuff each pepper with the sweet corn and corned beef mixture then top with cheese.
Pour 1/3 cup of water into the bottom of the tagine.
Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat to low and put the lid on, cook for 10 minutes.
Serve with rosemary potatoes.*
* I had left over potatoes from the night before, the rosemary potatoes were also cooked in the tagine!

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