Emile Henry tagine dish
Top of my Christmas wish list
I do have quite a lot of foodie things on my wish list for Christmas, but top of them is a cool chic tagine. Not the rustic terracotta variety, but a modern, slick, urban dish that will look great in my black and white kitchen.
I love cooking Moroccan food especially in the winter. The dishes have an elegant, subtle spicing that hints and intrigues. I serve lots of Moroccan salads and some merguez sausages as the starter. Then a delicious lamb or chicken tagine served in its dramatic iconic dish as the centrepiece of the table.
There are lots of the tagine dishes about and they come in a variety of colours – red, green, white, black, patterned as well as the traditional terracotta. Mason and Cash have nice looking white and black ones, as do Debenhams, but these are ceramic dishes and, whilst being ovenproof, they do not go on the hob. This means that you need to do all your initial cooking in a casserole and transfer the contents to the tagine for the oven cooking – which seems a bit of a waste of time and washing up.
I much prefer to do all the cooking in the tagine itself as they do in Morocco. And, whilst they use terracotta tagines to do this, they have been treated by soaking them in water so that they don’t crack when in contact with a flame. Whereas the Moroccans have got this down to a fine art, I prefer to leave nothing to chance and buy a tagine that is designed to be used on the stove top – gas, electric or induction (with an induction disk), as well as the oven.
So I am going for one by Emile Henry made for their Flame ceramic range, which does all of these things. That way you can chose to cook the tagine in the oven or slowly on the hob. It has an elegant shape and the famous conical lid, which allows the steam to circulate during the slow cooking, keeping the meat tender and moist. And it comes in cool chic black!
Chic, urban, modern
Emile Henry Flame Tagine 2.1 quart Charcoal (27cm)
Emile Henry Flame Tagine Charcoal (32cm)
Availability and price as at 31st October 2017