One day while searching for new flavors to liven my dull spice cabinet I happened to stumble across a seasoning blend I had never heard of. It was called Tagine. I immediately added it to my cart without hesitating, knowing the wonderful exotic flavors would add excitement to any dish. The blend made by Frontier contains paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, crushed red chili pepper, black pepper, and cardamom. I couldn't wait to try this mixture and when it arrived in the mail I opened the jar right away to inhale the amazing aroma. It was like being in my grandmothers kitchen if my grandmother happened to live in some far off land. I wanted to learn more about this tagine spice and where it came from.
The Tagine is actually a special pot originating from Morocco. It was originally a heavy, unglazed clay pot with a round, shallow-sided base and a conical lid with a knob on the top that acts as a handle. The shape is very beautiful, but it is functional as well as aesthetic, being designed to send the steam from the cooking food back down into the base to keep the dish moist.
Basically, a tagine is a sort of stew. It incorporates ingredients that do well with slow braising at low temperatures, such as lamb. Depending on the origin of the tagine, the spicing of the dish varies widely, and is possible to find them with vegetables, beans, and various grains in addition to meat stews. After several hours of cooking, the ingredients are extremely tender and very intensely flavored, and diners can ladle the tagine over rice or scoop it out of the dish with hunks of bread
Although these meatballs are not cooked in a traditional tagine, they are seasoned with spices that would traditionally be added to a tagine type dish. I hope to cook in a tagine someday to understand exactly how it works and taste the wonderful flavors, or better yet visit Morocco and learn from the experts!
It's Always Tagine O'Clock In Morocco
I am always so disappointed in the selection of 'healthy bars' at the grocery store. NONE of them are actually good for you. It drives me nuts when the package is stating all kinds of health claims but the first ingredient is some sort of sugar. Hello! if the first ingredient in your piece of crap energy bar is sugar then its NOT good for my freaking body. Some candy bars would actually be healthier than those bricks of junk. They also use all kinds of other waste like soy, whey proteins, corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, GMO's and "natural flavors".
The food industry has led us to believe that whey protien is healthy but its just not true. When cheese, butter and cream were made on the farm, the whey and skim milk were given to the pigs and chickens. But today these products are made in factories far from the farms where they originated, so the industry has a "whey problem," solved by drying the skim milk and whey at high temperatures and putting the powders into energy drinks, body building powders and high-protein bars. Hmmm, ill have to pass on that.
Energy Bars Are Not Your Best Option
With the exception of the fats, most of the ingredients used in energy bars are waste products--soy protein isolate and whey protein are the waste products of the soy oil and cheese industries respectively. Apple and lemon fiber, used to create a crunchy effect, are also waste products, made from the pulp left over from squeezing the fruits for their juice. Soy lecithin, another common ingredient, is also a waste product of the soy oil industry. And most of the sweeteners are made by highly industrialized processes. In short, most of the ingredients in energy bars are anything but natural - Sally Fallon
Im Caily, a Certified Traditional Foods Cook & Teacher in Southern NH. Turning my passion for nourishing foods into delicious meals is what I do. I am here to help you create unforgettable dishes the whole family will love. Enjoy the fantastic flavors and feast on some real food!
"To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living." Anthony Bourdain