Bringing the tastes of Morocco
into your kitchen!
If you don’t have plans to head anywhere exotic or warm this winter, perhaps cooking up a little international cuisine in your own kitchen will warm you up.
Tagines are one of the hottest trends in the kitchen this season, though they’ve been with us for centuries. Moroccan cuisine, a mix of Arab, Berber, Moorish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, African and Jewish influences, utilizes the tagine for many of its most popular dishes.
In keeping with our Moroccan cooking theme, we’re pleased to provide you with some great recipes to bring the flavours of Morocco into your own kitchen, and be sure to check out our Kitchen Toys section for some great gadgets, including a few sweet ideas just in time for Valentine’s day with your sweetheart (wine & chocolate, mmm!)
Be sure to drop by the store and see all the new items we have in stock, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to enhance your cooking experience!
With warm wishes,
In this Issue
Culinary Events and News
Sandra S, the January winner of a Le Creuset Mini Cocotte.
February Subscriber Draw
All subscribers to our electronic newsletter during the month of February will be entered to win a Sophie Conran Tagine (value $49.99).
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Did you know?
- Moroccan cuisine is greatly influenced by the country’s long history of colonizers and immigrants.
- The Berbers, the first inhabitants of Morocco, introduced the traditional Moroccan dishes of tagine and couscous, which are still staple dishes today.
- It is common for Moroccans to eat using their fingers, utilizing bread as a utensil.
- The word tagine (or tajine) is derived from the Greek word “teganon” which means frying pan. It is believed to date back to the time of Greek rule in North Africa.
- Harira, a Moroccan soup, is served to break the fast during the month of Ramadan.
- Morocco is often referred to as the land of spices.
- Ras al-hanut (meaning “best of the shop”) is a common spice blend used in many Moroccan dishes. The blend varies but usually includes cardamom, nutmeg, anise, mace, cinnamon, ginger, peppers and turmeric.
- Moroccan cooking is based on the use of locally produced ingredients including fruits and vegetables, as well as lamb, beef, chicken and seafood.
- The most common drink in Morocco is green tea with mint.
Sophie Conran Tagine and Tableware
From Portmeirion’s Sophie Conran Collection
We are delighted to introduce a beautiful tagine from Portmeirion’s Sophie Conran Collection. Perfect for slow cooking, it can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. The base also doubles up as a superb serving dish, allowing you to go straight from oven to table.
The Sophie Conran tagine is the newest item in her award winning collection from Portmeirion, and was recently short-listed by the Giftware Association as the 2011 Gift of the Year in the kitchen & dining category.
Try Sophie Conran’s delicious recipe for Chicken, Olive & Preserved Lemon Tagine.
Sophie Conran Tableware
The perfect collection for contemporary living: make everyday a beautiful day with Sophie Conran from Portmeirion tableware. Developed by Sophie Conran, the collection is delicate and practical, and each piece is able to withstand the rigors of modern life, moving with ease from the table to the dishwasher, the freezer to the oven. Multi-functionality is central to the oven-to tableware collection with each and every piece being as beautiful on the table as it is practical in the kitchen.
Perfect for entertaining or for everyday use, as mixing bowls become salad bowls, measuring jugs morph into serving pieces and the roasting dishes can take centre stage on the table. From sumptuous soups to a quick bowl of cereal, the Sophie Conran collection has been designed to work in any setting. The main tableware collection comes in white with accessorizing pieces available in four contemporary colours: biscuit, sage, celadon and forget-me-not.
From the Kitchen to the Table stocks a broad selection of items from the Sophie Conran collection.
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