M. wanted to make a tagine for us. I wanted to help (and eat).
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First step: Buy veggies!
He wanted to make a chicken tagine – with potatoes, green peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.
We stopped at the local 7/11 to get…
spices (cumin, saffron/tumeric, and paprika, I think), olives, and preserved lemon.
The shop also sells your fave Britney Spears perfume…
…and a colorful selection of cleaning chemicals.
We visited all the little butcher shops in the area until we finally found some chicken (in scarce supply that day, apparently).
Then back to M’s place to get started on the cooking.
First things first: onions.
And then you add approximately this much of whatever spice that is.
You let that sit for a while. (This pot is a “tagine”, btw. Anything that goes in it is called a “tagine”. Beef tagine. Lamb tagine. Etc. Tagine might be spelled tajine).
There were some other steps that happened while I was laying on this couch with Austin…
because when I remembered to go back into the kitchen, this cooked chicken was already on the counter.
But let’s not worry about that right now… The chicken stays out of the tajine while the carrots cook for a bit. I see in this photo that some green stuff was also added at some point. Parsley? Yeah, let’s say it’s parsley.
So then the chicken goes back in.
And then the chicken is artfully covered with layers of carrots and potatoes.
Don’t forget the olives!
Diced tomatoes go on top.
Add some water.
Final dash (or handful) of these spices.
And then some mint tea to sip while waiting for it all to cook.
…Bring a pot full of loose gunpowder tea to a boil, and then pour off all the water (not sure why, just do it).
rinse off some mint…
stuff it into the pot with a lot of sugar. Boil…and
Pour the tea with the teakettle as far from the table as possible.
drink tea and hang out while the tagine simmers for about 45 minutes
The time passes more quickly when you watch old family wedding videos
Or have a private dance party.
and suddenly, it was done!
Watch more videos while it cools a bit.
And then share it all with friends. (Yes, I’m using my dirty left hand to eat. Try to not do that).
* A couple of months later, while trying to help out in the kitchen at an eco-lodge in Tafedna, Morocco, I opened up my laptop on the kitchen counter and tried to follow my “recipe”. I got as far as the onions. And ruined them. Yes, the ONIONS. Ugh. Threw the mess in the trash and gave up. Let me know if you have better luck!
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