Five Reasons To Ditch Your Pots & Pans for a Tagine

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The tagine is a unique piece of cooking equipment that no kitchen should be without. In fact, it’s so incredibly useful that you can create a variety of different meals without having to touch any other pot or pan in your kitchen. With vessels used for both cooking and serving, tagines offer a unique yet traditional way to cook any meal. Here are several reasons why we think you should ditch your pots and pans and purchase an exotic Moroccan tagine.

1. Tagine dishes are easy to throw together. They often include readily available ingredients that can all be tossed into one cooking vessel. You don’t have to worry about cleaning more than one dish and you can enjoy a flavorful meal that fits your taste.DSC02541

2. A majority of tagine dishes incorporate olive oil, a healthy option that offers a variety of health benefits. Tagine dishes are not fried and use minimal oils and fats for a healthier dinner option.

3. Meals cooked in a tagine offer a unique earthy flavor that doesn’t hold true for meals cooked in a regular pot or pan. Its rich aroma brings a freshness to the dish, which offers an exotic take on your meals.

4. You can serve your meal in the same dish in which it’s cooked. If you prefer, there are many beautiful tagines that are created specifically for the purpose of serving rather than cooking.

5. Tagine dishes and their recipes have a history dating back centuries, which offers a traditional and cultural richness that is difficult to find in many dishes. It encompasses the Moroccan culture in both the dish and the method of cooking.

Tagines are a simple and functional piece that can be used to create your next exotic Moroccan meal. Make this piece of earthen cookware an integral part of your kitchen by purchasing a cooking or serving tagine at 655 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, or by ordering online.

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Kaftan: the pride of Moroccan women

youssef sourgo
Article writting by  in World Morocco News
Kaftan: the pride of Moroccan women

Casablanca- “Many inspiring women have shown me how such a garment is created somewhere between fantasy and reality,” wrote Sonia Maria in an article of hers published on NJAL, an online fashion platform.

The “garment” that Maria refers to is the Moroccan majestic dress, the Kaftan. Her description flawlessly matches the proprieties of this charming Moroccan attire. Between “fantasy” and “reality,” the Kaftan stands out as a composite amalgamation of subtle and luxurious fabrics, composite designs and shapes, and an artist’s personal perspective of women’s beauty and femininity.

1To start, the Kaftan is to be distinguished from the Djellaba.The latter is traditionally recognized for featuring a hood, whereas the former does not. The Kaftan is basically a hoodless Djellaba. For it is commonly worn during special occasions, the Kaftan tends to be more elaborate and intricate in its designs than the Djellaba. This however does not undermine the uniqueness of the Moroccan Djellaba,which has also gained a new air of modernity by contemporary fashion designers. Hence both the Kaftan and the Djellaba are now almost at the same scale of sophistication and modernity.is agreeable that both Moroccan dresses might sometimes look almost selfsame in terms of form and constituents. However, Takchita distinctively comes in a double-layered design: a dress blanketed by a Kaftan-like robe. Equally, however, both Kaftan and Takchita are worn for special occasions, though Kaftan comes comparatively more composite in its colors, designs and patterns for it is also a traditional wedding dress. Nevertheless, there exist simpler and less elaborate versions of Kaftan.

A bridal garment par excellence, the Moroccan Kaftan is traditionally recognized for being a long-sleeved, front-buttoned robe, traditionally opened at the front.  Made up either of silk or cotton, alongside many other newly introduced fabrics, the Kaftan tends to be embroidered with braids at different parts of it. It comes also with detailed and coherent patterns and lustrous colors. This enchanting dress that fascinates all women around the world, as astounding as it may sound, is traditionally hand-made. This reverberates Morocco’s highly professional and unique artisans and designers.

Looking in retrospect at Kaftan’s history, we travel back into time to the epoch of the Ottoman Empire. The Kaftan in that era was reflective of the person’s hierarchical rank and position in relation to the Sultan. The Kaftan worn by those women in the entourage of the sultan was unquestionably distinct from that worn by ordinary women. The higher the rank of the wearer was, evidently, the more elaborate and embellished was her Kaftan, and vice versa.

When the Kaftan reached Morocco, however, it has gained a different air and signification. Worn both as a casual and formal attire, depending on the complexity of its design, the Moroccan Kaftan has been more symbolic of women’s delicate taste in traditional clothes. Brides have also worn it during their weddings to accentuate their beauty and femininity.11

The Moroccan artisan and designer has been recognized by his impressive ability to match women’s descriptions and expectations with the final product. He even sometimes stupefies them by his personal perspective, stemming from his know-how and experience of what magnifies women’s beauty and femininity in Moroccan dresses.

After Kaftan had reached Morocco, it encapsulated the country’s cultural richness and complexity. Morocco repainted the originally Ottoman attire with colors from its mosaic of identities and cultural particularities. The Moroccan Kaftan speaks different languages and is representative of a plethora of Moroccan sub-identities, which in turn form its one and monolithic identity.

The love relationship between the Moroccan Kaftan and its wearer is beyond the banalities of price and occasion. The relationship starts at first sight, when the woman sees the design/tissue, and endures until her body meets the Kaftan’s fabric. At that very instant, the Kaftan remolds to match its wearer’s sense of femininity and beauty. It accentuates the woman’s outer beautiful traits and discloses her inner delicateness and fineness. Basically, it matches her personality and speaks her mind.

As when the Moroccan  Kaftan is worn by a non-Moroccan woman, it discovers her own femininity and adds a Moroccan breath to it. I would dare to say that it unveils the ‘Moroccan dimension’ of every non-Moroccan woman’s body. What else, then, could be more enchanting than rediscovering a new facet of what makes a woman distinctively beautiful?

When it comes to modernity, and just as I exemplified in a previous article (Salma Kaftan design), the traditional Moroccan Kaftan captivatingly mixes in the chemistry of the traditional and the modern. Salma has been one example of how only Moroccan designers have this idiosyncratic ability to preserve the traditional Kaftan’s majesty while injecting a breath of modernity and occidental topicalities.

The Moroccan Kaftan continues to be an important constituent of Morocco’s cultural identity. Kaftan is the pride of every Moroccan woman. It symbolizes her simplicity and her sophistication; her femininity and beauty; her cheeriness and delicacy; and her mesmerizingly colorful and open mind.

Women around the world are now considering the Moroccan dress more of a universal attire that matches all and every distinctive criteria of beauty and high quality worldwide. The Moroccan Kaftan stands up as sempiternal dress that gains more sumptuously with time to endure and compete even in an age of revolutionary fashion and design.

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How to cure your new Tagine

WHY CURE A TAGINE?
Curing clay pots is as cultural as the cooking itself. If you look up curing clay pots, you will find a variety of processes using a multitude of ingredients ranging from spinach to buttermilk to mustard oil. In order to strengthen (less susceptible to thermal shock) your cooking tagine and get optimum taste that tagine lovers seek at every use, it is necessary to use the process explained below. The use of olive oil has a dual effect. It is as important for sealing clay as it is for flavoring Moroccan cooking. 

 

HOW TO CURE A TAGINE?

It is necessary that it is seasoned before initial use. Please follow these simple instructions below for maximum results:

 

1. WATER: The new tagine needs to be first submerged in water for at least 1 hour. If you can’t submerge it, place it in a clean sink bowl and slowly fill the base of the tagine with water until it stops absorbing it. Place the tagine lid on top and fill it as well. Let stand for 30 minutes to allow full absorption of water into the clay. Empty excess water and set to dry for 5 minutes.

 2. OLIVE OIL: All you need is 3 table spoons of olive oil, 2 for the base and one for the lid. Spread the olive oil throughout the base and lid with your hand.

 3: HEAT: While the tagine is still wet with the oil applied to it, place it in the oven as shown in the first or second photos, and set temperature at 350 F and leave for 45 minutes. The evaporation of moisture creates a vacuum effect to pull the olive oil into the clay which glazes and seals it. Then leave the tagine cool down in the turned off oven.

The last photo shows a cured tagine ready for use. 

 

TAGINE CLEANING

It is recommended that you hand wash your tagine, as it has not been tested for dishwashers. Do not leave submerged in soapy water. 

 

Moroccan Couscous

Moroccan Couscous

The main dish in Morocco specially after Friday prayers

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Moroccan Leather Poofs and Wallets

 

All the way from Fez and Marrakesh , Treasures of Morocco brings the finest leather poofs, Wallets and Purses. these items are hand made from cow skin . Our artisans works so hard to give you the best quality in the souk( Moroccan market).
The leather poofs are low in durable leather handmade in Marrakesh featuring traditional Islamic embroidery patterns. These fun low poufs are great as footstools or as extra seating.


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How to make Moroccan preserve lemon

 

 

Preserved Lemons adapted from Paula Wolfert, The Food of Morocco

5 lemons

1/4 cup salt, more if desired

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

5 coriander seeds

2 bay leaves

Have ready a sterile 1-pint canning jar.

Quarter the lemons from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom, sprinkle salt on the interior of the lemon, then reshape the fruit. Place 1 tablespoon salt on the bottom of the mason jar. Pack in the lemons and push them down, adding more salt, and the optional spices between layers. Press the lemons down to release their juices and to make room for the remaining lemons. (If the juice released from the squashed fruit does not cover them, add freshly squeezed lemon juice — Leave some air space before sealing the jar. Let the lemons ripen in a warm place, shaking the jar each day to distribute the salt and juice. Let ripen for 30 days. To use, rinse the lemons, as needed, under running water, removing and discarding the pulp, if desired — and there is no need to refrigerate after opening. Preserved lemons will keep up to a year, and the pickling juice can be used two or three times over the course of a year. Gently shake the jar each day to distribute the salt. Try it on a chicken tagine .

I have an easy recipe for “chicken with preserve lemon and olives

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