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#1 Wolfert

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 11:03 AM

Moderator's Note: This thread began as an offshoot in the eGCI braising class Q&A. Member Smithy asked:

Would you please expand a bit on the idea of browning at the end of the braise?  Is that done by leaving the lid off and turning the meat as the liquid reduces?  Is this a stovetop or oven technique, or both?  I like the idea that it saves me from having to mess up a pan for browning when I plan to braise in a clay pot.  What difference does it make to the final product whether the browning happens at the beginning or the end?



In Moroccan cooking, this method is described as 'starting the tagine cold'

The lamb is not browned at the beginning of the braise. Instead, lamb is gently heated along with the spices and other ingredients, allowing the flavors to fully penetrate.

Remember you are cooking in a shallow tagine which can't take high heat from the start . I suppose this is one reason this method came about.

At the end of the braising period when the meat is succulent and the sauce is thick and rich and plentiful, it is usually browned by covering the bottom half of the tagine with a flat ceramic plate, then piling hot coals on top. A gorgeous glaze appears.

There are two ways to substitute: one is to broil at the end and the other is to place the tagine on the highest shelf of a hot oven and let the meat brown.

Don't worry aobut putting a tagine into a hot oven. It is now hot enough to take the heat without cracking. (Hot earthenware cracks when put onto something cold.)


by the way, you should never cook earthenware tagines with the conical top in the oven .The purpose of the conical top is to remain cold while the bottom maintains a nice coddling heat as the tagine slowly simmers to perfection..
Those braising Berbers were so smart!!!

Edited by JAZ, 11 March 2005 - 10:21 AM.

“C’est dans les vieux pots, qu’on fait la bonne soupe!”, or ‘it is in old pots that good soup is made’.

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 11:53 AM

In Moroccan cooking, this method  is described as 'starting the tagine cold'

The  lamb is not browned at the beginning of the braise. Instead, lamb is gently heated along with the spices and other ingredients, allowing the flavors to fully penetrate.

Remember you are cooking in a shallow tagine which can't take high heat from the start . I suppose this is one reason this method came about.

At the end of the braising period when the meat is succulent and the sauce is thick and rich and plentiful, it is usually browned by covering the bottom half of the tagine with a flat ceramic plate, then piling hot coals on top. A gorgeous glaze appears.

There are two ways to substitute: one is to broil at the end and the other is to place the tagine on the highest shelf of a hot oven and let the meat brown.

Don't worry aobut putting a tagine into a hot oven. It is now hot enough to take the heat without cracking. (Hot earthenware cracks when put onto something cold.)


by the way, you should never cook earthenware  tagines with the conical top in the oven .The purpose of the conical top is to remain cold while the bottom maintains a nice coddling heat as the tagine slowly simmers to perfection..
Those braising Berbers were so smart!!!

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This last point amazes me. A cooler! I suppose that helps with the condensation of the braising liquids.

Thanks for the extra information. I feel myself teetering toward a tagine purchase...heck, it's only money and cabinet space....Tagines.com may be getting some of my money soon. (Sure wish I could go overseas and pick one out myself!) The Riffian tagines come in 3 sizes (11", 12" or 13" diameter). Do you have a recommendation?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:06 PM

Start with the middle one and make adjustments as you get used to cooking in a tagine. Use a heat diffuser to be safe.

When you get your riffian tagine, soak it as suggested. Then to give it a little "age," here is a trick I learned in Morocco: take some olive oil and fireplace ash from wood (not some ash from weird heating logs that are made of chemicals) and rub the top and bottom of the tagine inside and out. Bake both parts in a 250 0ven for for 10 hours. Cool, and repeat until it looks like the photo below.

You don't really need to do this,b ut it really looks great!

by the way,the knob on top is so cold that you won't need an oven mitt to lift it when cooking.


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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:28 PM

Do the Berbers usually put these tagines into the fire? Over coals? I realize their fires probably aren't big, but still - in their original use, do these tagines have flames coming up around the sides?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:55 PM

No, wood is incredibly rare and expensive. A brazier such as in the photo below holds coals and the tagine is set on top.


The reason there are so many steamed foods in Moroccan cooking is cost effective: the double decker effect of cooking. For example, couscous steamed in an upper chamber with the stew bubbling below.

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Edited by Wolfert, 09 March 2005 - 01:07 PM.

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:16 PM

Wow, that's beautiful pottery! It's totally different than anything I've seen in Egypt. I think an eGullet clay-pot cooking tour is in order. You could do it as part of your book promo. Think of the fun we could have, just going across North Africa! Think of the luggage on the return trip! :laugh:

The top cone looks glazed and inscribed. Is it still a cooking vessel, or did you put a serving vessel up for show? What determines whether a tagine is a cooking vessel or a serving vessel? I notice the most heavily-decorated tagines on tagines.com are for serving only.

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 02:06 PM

The top cone looks glazed and inscribed. Is it still a cooking vessel, or did you put a serving vessel up for show? What determines whether a tagine is a cooking vessel or a serving vessel? I notice the most heavily-decorated tagines on tagines.com are for serving only.



Southern Moroccan tagines are rarely glazed inside or out but have a lot of mica inthe clay which makes them very strong and heavy. Similar to the American southwest.
The Riffian one is light in weight; the local clay isn't as strong. I use mine alot so don't worry about it.

This particular tagine is from Tangier and the outside of the cone is glazed, not the inside. The bottom part is glazed inside but not on the bottom. The etching is typically Berber. I haven't seen one like this in a long time. I've had this particular tagine for more than 40 years.


The decorated tagines are for show or for serving only. Be careful about lead in the glaze.
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 09:40 PM

To divert from tangines and back to the idea of braise and then brown, this idea is not limited to the Med. Look at Carnitas, or the following thread here which talks about beef rendang (inspired by Molly Steven's All About Braising).

There is something about these braised and then browned dishes that is distinctly different, and in my mind (or taste buds) more mysterious and deep than browned and braised.
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Posted 10 March 2005 - 08:46 AM

Paula -

So I get a tajine, but don't have a bed of coals and a ceramic plate to pile them on. How do I handle this in the oven, without putting the conical top on?

Do you do the braise uncovered? Cover the bottom half with foil or some other lid?

Or is the solution to put the conical top on and braise on the stovetop over a heat diffuser?

Thanks.

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Posted 10 March 2005 - 09:14 AM

Use a heat diffuser and cook on low. If you have to leave the kitchen for awhile you can cover the tagine contents with a sheet of crumbled wet parchment and a loose lid and continue cooking in the oven.

Truthfully, tagines cook best on top of the stove where the heat just comes from below.

For the final browning, the clay in the tagine is hot enough to stand broiling or last minute browning in a hot oven.

Whatever you do, don't add cold liquid to a hot pot or a hot pot to a cold surface.


Paula -

So I get a tajine, but don't have a bed of coals and a ceramic plate to pile them on.  How do I handle this in the oven, without putting the conical top on?

Do you do the braise uncovered?  Cover the bottom half with foil or some other lid?

Or is the solution to put the conical top on and braise on the stovetop over a heat diffuser?

Thanks.

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Edited by Wolfert, 10 March 2005 - 09:20 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 12:40 PM

Note to the moderator: thanks for moving this!

Now, Ms. Wolfert: I managed to restrain myself the other day just before hitting the "checkout" button on the tagines.com web site. It occurred to me that I have an All-Clad braiser with a lid, an unglazed Egyptian clay pot of approximately the size and shape of the Riffian tagine bottom (no lid), and this glazed ceramic casserole with a lid. The unglazed pot and the glazed casserole are oven-proof but probably not stoveop-proof. The metal braiser, of course, goes either place.

What would the Moroccan tagine do for me, aside from looking way cool and giving me some thermodynamics to think about (that cooling tower on top), that these can't? I know it's stovetop unglazed clay - which I don't have - but I don't know how important that is. Am I shorting myself in the name of $40 if I don't get that tagine, or will my tagines come out well without it? Advice, please. Tax time is coming up...

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 01:13 PM

Nancy,

It sounds as if you have all that is necessary to start cooking tagines right now. And here is why: with a heavy bottomed heat diffuser and a gas stove I bet you can cook tagines in your Egyptian unglazed pan if you set it on low and keep it on low . (It was probably used stove top in the first place!)

There is a heat diffuser for electric stoves but I don't know if it is as successful.

The shallow bottom is most important for braising meat for a "tagine." Tagines are the name of the pot and the dish it produces.

You use less liquid than in a deep casserole and the sauce emerges intense in texture and flavor. If you cook a tagine in your shallow Egyptian pan moisture won't be lost. Just be sure to place a crumbled sheet of wet parchment paper DIRECTLY over the food and then cover the pan.

On the stove top you don't lose as much moisture as in the oven because heat is only coming from the bottom and some heat from the shallow sides. In an oven heat is coming from all over and you have to seal the top or use a very tight cover to keep in the moisture..

The unglazed tagine such as the Riffian or the Egyptian one does even more than the glazed ones: it produces especially moist meat dishes with an unctuous tender texture; it develops a special "distinctive thumb print taste" of hand-crafted food that writers now fashionably call gout de terroir -- the taste of the earth; and it produces the pleasure of "coddling" food in clay, a pleasure both sensual and gustatory.

So spend your money on purchasing the best and freshest ground spices instead.


For those who are thinking about using their romertofp pan, I cannot answer the question. I have never tried. I intend to but I think adjustments need to be made.

Edited by Wolfert, 11 March 2005 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 01:37 PM

This is cool. I find myself wanting one.

Paula: what style of tagine to you most recommend? I note that you say above that "Southern Moroccan tagines are rarely glazed inside or out but have a lot of mica inthe clay which makes them very strong and heavy. . . The Riffian one is light in weight; the local clay isn't as strong." I gather that unglazed is the way to go? Any suggestions?
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 02:35 PM

Up until a few years ago, I used half glazed tagines for poultry and lamb, and a totally unglazed one called a tagra for fish.

Now I prefer unglazed pots because I really believe the more I use the unglazed tagines, the more delicious are my results.

The Riffian is good for baking, chicken tagine, and vegetable dishes. It can go on top of an electric stove with a heavy heat diffuser.

the tagines made in the south are not flat on the bottom (see photo below), so you need to take that into consideration when buying one. I use these for lamb.

There is a joke in Morocco that if a pot has a little saffron caught in its cone from years of cooking, then perhaps a little cumin, cardamom, sweet paprika, and ras el hanout gets into the pores, the pot will be so aromatic it won't need spices; the flavors will have all been trapped in the clay!

Don't worry, Moroccans certainly do wash their pots, but they don't soak them before using as you do with a romertopf. Thus the steaming qualities are different and the results are as well. Both are wonderful tools for claypot cooking.



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Posted 11 March 2005 - 02:55 PM

In your Recipe for Moroccan Lamb Smothered with Lemon and Olives, you call for bringing the mixture to a boil over high heat, and then covering and simmering it. I think I've been reading that the tagines are okay on the stovetop over low heat only. Do you bring the mixture to the boil in another pan and then put it in the tagine to simmer over low heat? Or rather, is that what you'd recommend for my Egyptian bowl? What about the Riffian tagine that Mark bought and Sam may be about to buy? :biggrin:

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:02 PM

In your Recipe for Moroccan Lamb Smothered with Lemon and Olives, you call for bringing the mixture to a boil over high heat, and then covering and simmering it.  I think I've been reading that the tagines are okay on the stovetop over low heat only.  Do you bring the mixture to the boil in another pan and then put it in the tagine to simmer over low heat?  Or rather, is that what you'd recommend for my Egyptian bowl?  What about the Riffian tagine that Mark bought and Sam may be about to buy?   :biggrin:


That recipe was written for an enameled cast iron pot,and published in food and wine magazine back in the 80's before anyone has access to tagines. I really should remove it from the site. Or test it over and edit it!

You only need one pot and it should be the same one you serve in..
What I would do is put the claypot filled with whatever on low heat and slowly bring to a boil, then remove it from the heat for a minute to cool down, return to the lowest heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours. Cooking time will depend on the age of the lamb. We're coming to spring now and young lamb will cook faster than mature meat.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:09 PM

I just noticed this thread.

There are two ways to substitute: one is to broil at the end and the other is to place the tagine on the highest shelf of a hot oven and let the meat brown.


I use this method for a few Algerian chicken dishes as well. I place the chicken on a roasting pan though. The result is crispy chicken skin with the moist, tender slow cooked flavor of braised flesh. To serve sauce on a platter, than brown chicken on top.
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:10 PM

Cool, one follow up question: I live in NYC and with the mountain of cookware I already have, multiple tagines is not a possibility. I am thinking of using it primarily on the stovetop. It seems that, if I were going to go for one all-purpose tagine, it might be better to have the heavier unglazed style? Would that be something like this? In re to the rounded bottom, is this something I could put over (low) direct heat on my gas stove, or would I still need to use a diffuser? Does the rounded bottom style really work with a diffuser, do you think? Also, is it just me, or does the thicker rounded style have a significantly smaller/shorter "chimney?" Does this make much of a difference?

Okay... that's more than one question. :smile:
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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:12 PM

That sounds like the best of both worlds.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 03:17 PM

undefinedCool, one follow up question: I live in NYC and with the mountain of cookware I already have, multiple tagines is not a possibility. I am thinking of using it primarily on the stovetop. It seems that, if I were going to go for one all-purpose tagine, it might be better to have the heavier unglazed style? Would that be something like this? In re to the rounded bottom, is this something I could put over (low) direct heat on my gas stove, or would I still need to use a diffuser? Does the rounded bottom style really work with a diffuser, do you think? Also, is it just me, or does the thicker rounded style have a significantly smaller/shorter "chimney?" Does this make much of a difference?



The Riffian is unglazed and is the cheapest. It can go over gas or electricity with a diffuser. The clay is different in the Rif mountains than in central and southern Morocco, resulting in a lighter pot.

The one with the rounded bottom can go over direct gas heat because it is stronger. It is the mica in the clay; you can actually see the specs of it throughout.

Both will give you that 'cone' effect of flavor transfer with time.

Edited by Wolfert, 11 March 2005 - 03:36 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 02:07 PM

Here's a link to a thread on tagine earthenware pots, alternative equipment and advice from Paula Wolfert on how to cure and age tagines.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 10:16 PM

In your Recipe for Moroccan Lamb Smothered with Lemon and Olives, ...


That recipe was written for an enameled cast iron pot,and published in food and wine magazine back in the 80's before anyone has access to tagines. I really should remove it from the site. Or test it over and edit it!

You only need one pot and it should be the same one you serve in..
What I would do is put the claypot filled with whatever on low heat and slowly bring to a boil, then remove it from the heat for a minute to cool down, return to the lowest heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours. Cooking time will depend on the age of the lamb. We're coming to spring now and young lamb will cook faster than mature meat.

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Too late to pull it, I've printed it and am cooking it! So now I have a couple of questions:
- Step 1 says, among other things, to "toss the lamb with the spice mixture over very low heat for 2 minutes." Since I'm using an Egyptian clay pot on the stovetop for the first time, I'm being a real weenie about it: very low heat, electric coil with a flame tamer. So now I'd like to know how one determines "very low heat" and the "two minutes" bit. What should I have been looking for? I added the water, onion and herbs before the pot even got warm, for fear of shattering the pot. Of course, since the pot wasn't warm the meat was still quite cool. It was well-coated with the spice mixture.

- Step 3 says to transfer the cooked meat to an ovenproof serving dish and bake it at 450F for 15 - 20 minutes. You stated upthread that you wrote this recipe in the days before tagines were available in the U.S.A. and this recipe can be done with one pot. I'm doing the preliminary cooking now, to finish tomorrow (I hope) night. I think I'll let the tagine warm to nearly room temperature, then place it in the oven and let the over heat everything to 450F at the same time. Does that sound right?

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 11:46 PM

Step 1 says, among other things, to "toss the lamb with the spice mixture over very low heat for 2 minutes." Since I'm using an Egyptian clay pot on the stovetop for the first time, I'm being a real weenie about it: very low heat, electric coil with a flame tamer. So now I'd like to know how one determines "very low heat" and the "two minutes" bit. What should I have been looking for?


you want to warm the all the spices in order to release their aromas and soften the meat and the fat.



I added the water, onion and herbs before the pot even got warm, for fear of shattering the pot.

that's ok
Of course, since the pot wasn't warm the meat was still quite cool. It was well-coated with the spice mixture.


You have a natural feel for cooking North African food. I feel very confident everything will be ok with the dish.


- Step 3 says to transfer the cooked meat to an ovenproof serving dish and bake it at 450F for 15 - 20 minutes. You stated upthread that you wrote this recipe in the days before tagines were available in the U.S.A. and this recipe can be done with one pot. I'm doing the preliminary cooking now, to finish tomorrow (I hope) night. I think I'll let the tagine warm to nearly room temperature, then place it in the oven and let the over heat everything to 450F at the same time. Does that sound right?

You might want to degrease the sauce on top of the stove. Then reduce it if it is too thin. The rest of your reasoning is right on.
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Posted 14 March 2005 - 05:52 AM

Would that be something like this?  In re to the rounded bottom, is this something I could put over (low) direct heat on my gas stove, or would I still need to use a diffuser?


Just to chip in my two cents... I brought back something very similar to this from Morocco (Zagora in the south) and have used it regularly for 2 years now over my gas stove flame (no diffuser) with no problems whatsoever.




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Posted 14 March 2005 - 07:50 AM

That is a really nice tagine.


You are lucky that you can control the heat on your stove and not have to use a heat diffuser.


Please tell us some of the dishes you have made in it.
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Posted 14 March 2005 - 10:01 AM

You are lucky that you can control the heat on your stove and not have to use a heat diffuser.


Having a gas stove helps with that. When I was there we did a lot of camping in the desert and much of the cooking was done with a tagine over a portable gas burner. They also baked bread in the sand, but that's another story altogether! I have to say that my tagine is not as polished as the one in the picture. It's a bit rougher but I like its character.

Please tell us some of the dishes you have made in it.

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I have two tagine recipes that I learned from a cook in Morocco. She was very sweet, let me follow her into the kitchen and write everything down :biggrin: This was in Zagora, so obviously the cooking would vary throughout the country.

Chicken Tagine

She also made this Tagine Kefta, which is simply meatballs in a tomato sauce. That wasn't a dish from Zagora though. Our guide said he'd only ever had it in Tata (still in the south but on the other side of the desert from Zagora) and he asked Naima, the chef, to help him recreate it. Although not traditional, I love making these meatballs to go over spaghetti! Fusion cooking :rolleyes:

You also often got Beef and Prune Tagines in Morocco. This was my husband's favourite. I didn't try and recreate the recipe until we came home though. The original recipe (from BBC Good Food) called for I think 3-4 times the amount of beef but I thought that was excessive and we don't eat much meat so I cut it way back. Meat lovers will want to add more.

I use my tagine to make curries a lot too or any time I want to slow cook tough cuts of meat.

Anyone else have good tagine recipes to share?

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 09:45 AM

I finished cooking, and nearly finished eating (there aren't many leftovers!) Wolfert's Moroccan Lamb Tagine Smothered with Lemon and Olives last night in my Egyptian clay pot. That one's a keeper.

First, some notes on the pot curing process: my clay pots came from Egypt, and I followed the curing process I was taught in Luxor despite a powerful temptation to try Paula's olive oil and ash treatment. (I guess I'll have to buy a tagine for that one!) I rinsed and scrubbed the pot in water to get rid of loose clay, let it dry thoroughly, then rubbed it inside and out with molasses. Then I set it upside down on a baking sheet (this one's usually a drip pan so I didn't bother with foil) and baked it in the oven at 350F for, oh, several hours. I don't remember the timing. It's done when the molasses has beaded up and hardened. The difference in before and after is amazing: before curing, the pots are brick red and smell like clay (think garden pots). Afterward the pot is brown, hard, and doesn't have that smell any more. Here are some "before" and "after" pictures, with an uncured small bowl compared to the larger cooking bowl I used. Sorry about the less-than-optimal lighting!
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Here's the mix coming to the boil atop the stove. I have an electric coil stove, so I put the pot on a flame-tamer and raised the heat very, very gradually.
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After it came to the boil I lowered the heat and simmered with wet crumpled parchment paper on top of the food and a foil lid over that.

While that was cooking, I made some of Elie's pita bread, from his Introduction to Lebanese Cuisine at the eGCI. It's sure fun to watch those pitas puff.
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I misread the instructions and realized too late that I was supposed to have separated the meat and sauce and added the olives to the sauce on top of the stove while the meat was browning in the oven. I just left the foil and parchment off and let the sauce reduce in the oven. It may have mattered in the presentation, but it sure didn't matter to the taste. Here's the finished product:
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I tasted, and tasted, and then couldn't stop. I make lamb stew frequently, but I've never gotten this sort of tenderness. The bits of meat were melt-in-the-mouth tender, with an unctuous texture brand-new to me. The olives were as tender and tasty; I didn't know that cooking olives like this would change them so much. Wow. Wonderful stuff. Paula, if you want to update that recipe on your website, go right ahead, but don't you dare remove it! :laugh:

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#28 fifi

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 10:01 AM

I am just wondering about this heat control thing. What about if we try to recreate the way it is done with a bit of charcoal. I may have this all wrong but, if you fire up the old Weber (or other charcoal grill), make some coals and move a few under the tagine, could you control the heat level to what you want?
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#29 Wolfert

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 05:47 PM

Fif: you are absolutely right on: a tagine is cooked over charcoal in a brazier and the coals are stoked or smothered with sand to keep the temperature slow...

zi love the idea of wok rings for the electric stove. I hope someone will report back on that.

Nancy: Tuesday is my day to go out with a group of New Yorkers and drink hard alchohol in an outdoor cafe. It's the wine country and it really upsets the tourists.

We may all be in our late sixties, but we love the idea that the alcohol is preserving not only us but our sense of fun..

I purchased some molasses and will try your method on some claypots that I haven't cured yet. Your pots look really too wonderful not to try it out. Thanks for the tip..

Edited by Wolfert, 15 March 2005 - 05:54 PM.

“C’est dans les vieux pots, qu’on fait la bonne soupe!”, or ‘it is in old pots that good soup is made’.

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 06:41 PM

Nancy: Tuesday is my day to go out with a group of New Yorkers and drink hard alchohol in an outdoor cafe. It's the wine country and it really upsets the tourists.

We may all be in our late sixties, but we love the idea that the alcohol is preserving not only us but our sense of fun..

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:laugh: :laugh: Well-preserved, indeed!

I don't suppose you've ever stuck a thermometer over the brazier coals, right at the pot base, to know what the target temperature is? Is the coal/brazier method basically looking to maintain the lowest simmer possible after the initial boil?

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