Product Type: Lakeland Cookware
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Tagine or not tagine that is the question.
Lakeland Traditional Tagine
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
Lakeland Traditional Tagine
Advantages: Cooks delicious tasty meals. Looks brilliant.
Disadvantages: Limited hobs it can be used on
I was given this tagine by my sister as a Christmas present. I am always experimenting in the kitchen and was delighted to receive such an unusual present and one that I probably wouldn't have bought myself. So here is how I have got on with it.
A tagine is a traditional Morrocan coking pot, originally it was used by nomads in north Africa as portable ovens for making stews and casseroles slowly over charcoal fires.
The pot comes in two halves, a bottom dish and a large conical lid. The design of the tagine ensures your dishes stay really moist, as the steam from the cooking goes up and then comes back down into the food again.
The tagine is handmade with terracotta which has been painted in a lovely traditional orange and green design and then glazed. It looks really nice out on the worktop which is handy as it is quite big to store in a cupboard.
You can use the tagine in the oven up to temperatures of 200 degrees, you can also use it on the hob for a more authentic way of cooking, to do this though you need to use a heat diffuser to stop the tagine from cracking. You can buy them in Lakeland for £10.99 or I am sure I have seen them in Wilkinsons for less than that. You can't use it on the hob if you have a ceramic, induction or halogen oven.
I nearly always use my tagine in the oven rather than on the hob, mainly because I feel I don't have to keep watching it. I just bung all the ingredients in and pop it in the oven. Most dishes I make I slow cook for about 3 hours, but as it's really hard to overcook it doesn't matter if it's in the oven for four or more, the meat is still juicy, tender and full of flavour.
What is also good is that you can take it from the oven to the table and it looks great. I usually put it in the middle and we all just help ourselves.
It is the perfect size for my family 2 adults and 2 children, but I think as the childrens appetites get bigger my tagine will have to upsize too. I don't think it would be big enough for more than 2-3 adults.
The tagine is really easy to clean, just wipe it over and it is ready to go again, it can even go in the dishwasher if you have one.
I use my tagine about twice a week, it makes really healthy meals and as it is just one pot it means hardly any washing up.
There are so many recipes available on various websites you could cook a different meal every day for years but our family favourite by far is 'Anthony Worral Thompsons Moroccan lamb tagine' it is so delicious.
This tagine is available at Lakeland it costs £19.99, which I think is amazing value for money. The answer to my title is most certainly Tagine.
Summary: A wonderful cooking pot that helps me make delicious healthy family meals