If you are looking for ideas of family recipes and in the mood to try something different, these dishes are very easy and most importantly, very tasty.
Moroccan Chicken Tagine
We had it for dinner last weekend and it was for a winner.
In a saucepan, put some butter and oil, 1 small teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of ginger and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Place under medium heat, mix and then add the chicken (thighs and drumsticks).
Cook until the chicken is golden. Add 1 grated onion (the recipe suggested 2 but it seems too much, unless you love onions). Cook for a few more minutes until the onions are golden as well.
Cover the chicken with water. Place the lid on the pan and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.
Add the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of parsley and 1 teaspoon of coriander (fresh is best). Cook for 15 minutes. Leave for a few minutes so that the sauce thickens.
Before serving, add 150g of green olives. Return to heat for 5-10 minutes. You can serve with rice (and you can add fresh coriander on it) or couscous.
Lamb Cocotte Façon Tajine
For this recipe, you will need diced lamb shoulder (big chunks because after cooking the volume of meat reduces a lot), onions, spices (ground cumin, ground cinammon or stick, saffron, ground or freshly chopped fresh coriander, ground or freshly chopped ginger, garlic), dry apricots, raisins (if there are not soft you can soak them in water for a couple of hours), prunes, almonds, green olives, chicken stock (hot water will do if you do not have stock available) and olive oil.
In a huge sauce pan fry the diced onion and garlic with the lamb meat until the meat turns brownish. Add the spices, stir well and add the dried fruits and chicken stock; cover and cook on low heat for at least one hour. You can extend the cooking if the meat is not soft enough or even better place the dish in an oven proof dish and bake (covered) for 2 hours in low temperature (no more than 150 degrees).
Here is my top tip: the best combination of dried fruits: prunes, apricots and almonds (for those who really like sweet dish); or raisins, apricots, almonds and olives (my favourite). You can also mix all of them but then you will get a rather rich flavour which may not suit everyone’s taste.
You can serve it with rice, potatoes or couscous.
Don’t forget to mix one soup spoon of olive oil with your couscous before adding the hot water. Then you can add butter (don’t forget to add lots of butter!!) for the taste but the olive oil before will make the whole difference.
Enjoy! Let us know how it turns out.
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