I can't say enough good things about this dish. It is delicious, hearty, rich, satisfying, and just good. I have only made it a handful of times, but was just reminded that I should make it more often.
Just in case you are not sure what a Tagine is, well is is basically a stewed type dish cooked (traditionally, I might add), in a two part earthen pot. It comes from North Africa and is steeped in flavour. I first had a tagine about 7 or 8 years ago at a friend's place for dinner. I was hooked. From there, I have tired it at the wonderful La Califa restaurant locally around these parts. Amazing! Okay, my dish doesn't stand a scratch compared to the delights of that wonderful gem, but it is pretty good. Tagine can be made with fish, meat or just vegetables of any kind.
I have been meaning to finish this recipe off for ages now. It seems the right time. Halloween is just around the corner, then Bonfire night (depending on where you live), and American Thanksgiving in the not too distant future. Not to mention, it is fall, and these are suited for the season.
These are a perfect starter or appetizer for any party this time of year. Every time I make them, they are a huge success. That reminds me that I must make them again soon. I used lettuce heart salad leaves in this recipe but you just as easily use endives. In fact, they would hold up better if you were planning to make them in advance. The lettuce hearts don't hold their crunch for long once filled. So, I would recommend you fill them and serve them straight away. Also, make sure you use the crispest lettuce possible. The filling can be made a few hours before and reheated just before serving.
So, this morning after taking the pooch for his beach walk, I was looking for something to eat. Surprise. Not coming up with anything in the fridge or cupboards that looked pleasing , I decided scones would be a good idea. One of the things I love about scones, is that they can be sweet or savoury, served with breakfast, lunch or snacks, and they are quick and easy to make. Okay, so that is more than one thing. I was planning to add nuts to these scones, but realized I was out. So just raisins it was today.
First of all, I am pleased to have my internet back after 24 hours. So, I do have a new recipe! We had this for dinner last night and it was really good. I love spiced shrimp of all kinds. This was not what I was planning to make, but it was what turned out and we were all pleased. Good enough for a recipe share!
If you are looking for a more fresh flavour, you could leave out the Greek yoghurt and squeeze over extra lemon or lime juice after cooking. This would also make a nice dish. We served it with rice. I know boring, but it always works!
This tortilla can make a nice lunch or even breakfast or brunch. Tortilla is one of the many reasons I love Spain!! Traditionally, it is just eggs and potatoes. However, there are probably a million variations that you can make or try. This one, still has potatoes but with the addition of onion, red, green and yellow peppers. I made these into little individual sized tortillas, but you can just as easily make one large one.
If you have never ever made or even heard of tortilla, it is quite similar to omelettes but with no cheese and the addition of potatoes. Here in Spain, they are not served with breakfast, but that makes so much sense!!! Here they are usually served as tapas or in baguette sandwiches. Still delicious! I like making them for quick lunches as I find them quite satisfying and they are quick to prepare and make.