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Tagine Mon Amour

by Julie Tilsner on March 26, 2007

in Crockery

Matagine_2¡Mira! Look what the flamenco guitarist bought me this weekend in Santa Barbara!

A tagine! And such a lusciously curved specimen. And in such a deep shade of coral. It’s like art pottery…but functional!

Oh baby, this raises the bar on my Pesach seder significantly. This means that something lamb-ish will definitely be on the menu. I can smell it now…even though I’m not sure what’s going to be in it yet.

Eight adults and seven kids are coming to my second-night seder. I don’t even have eight chairs for the grown-ups. Much less seats for seven kids and one more for Elija, who’s supposed to bring the matzo-ball soup.

I suppose this really will be a night unlike any other night. And on this night we brought our own chairs to the seder table. And reclined upon ornate cushions, which were provided by our winsome hostess, and were pleasing to the eye, and to the buttocks. For she is in possession of many fine cushions and other frivolities such as teapots and tea glasses and coral-colored tagines. Alas, she is sorely lacking in furniture.

Now I’m on the prowl for Moroccan lamb dishes. I betcha the gorgeous Clotilde at chocolate and Zucchini has some. Wonder if she’s going to be in California in early April. She’d have to bring her own chair, though. Lydia at the Perfect Pantry could show, too. But only if she brings her preserved lemons (hint hint!)

In any event, I’ll find something, probably something with cous-cous, since I can’t actually use grain on Pesach, and conduct a test run with the tagine. Sometime this week, probably. Tony gets to sample the output. He doesn’t have to bring his own chair, though. Unless he wants to.

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AT March 27, 2007 at 9:23 am

Frankly, the Tagine was acquired for you as I think you are a lusciously curved specimen. {Sorry, I’m veering off topic; I’ll get to work on that matzo ball soup!}


Lydia March 27, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Beautiful tagine!!!! I have the same one in mustard color, and I’ve had a great time cooking with it. I do have some favorite tagine recipes, but for cookbooks I’d recommend Tess Mallos’ MOROCCAN COOKING and NORTH AFRICAN COOKING, two books that are great additions to any cook’s library. I’d happily bring preserved lemons, if that will get me a seat at your table!


Bad Home Cook March 27, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Tony – Aw, shucks. I’m blushing! I’m too curvy, actually. Gotta lose the winter layer. And the lamb dish ain’t gonna help matters…
Lydia – OMG where do you live? You gotta show! (but you also have to bring your own chair…). I’m gonna pick your brain for recipes…and thanks hugely for the cookbook recs. Off I go to Amazon!


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