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    I know tagine cooking pops up every now and again, so I thought we can gather all the bits and pieces together here.

    I saw a cast iron tagine at 40% off at Le Creuset if anyone is currently tagine hunting.
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    I popped in at Binuns over the weekend. They have a tagine on sale there for R1600 and something with a cast iron base and a ceramic lid if you are tagine hunting at the moment.

    I'm not, so I don't know why they keep throwing themselves in front of me, but please let us know if you are the one for whom I'm doing all this work.
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    Its a sign for you to get one. But do search a bit, there are genuine Tagines available from a number of suppliers at reasonable prices. Or better still, contact Rob (Prof), he knows quite a bit about Tagines and making them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    I popped in at Binuns over the weekend. They have a tagine on sale there for R1600 and something with a cast iron base and a ceramic lid if you are tagine hunting at the moment.

    I'm not, so I don't know why they keep throwing themselves in front of me, but please let us know if you are the one for whom I'm doing all this work.
    You had me at 40% discount! And you DEFINTELY had me at Le Creuset.

    I've never cooked in a tangine, although I can imagine being in Morocco when I do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Its a sign for you to get one. But do search a bit, there are genuine Tagines available from a number of suppliers at reasonable prices. Or better still, contact Rob (Prof), he knows quite a bit about Tagines and making them.
    I'm unlikely to get one. I'm not opposed to it as a toy to explore, but 1) they take up a lot of space. 2) I'm 'allergic' to spices due to the extreme amount of inflammation that I'm constantly fighting and there's a very short period of the year my body allows their consumption to the extent that Morrocon flavours require. I have quite a number of occasional use toys already and to allocate space to something that some years I may not even be able to use seems not worth it.

    I do have a friend that's deeply in love with hers and uses it multiple times a week, so I'm well aware of how useful they are as a technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    I'm well aware of how useful they are as a technique.
    Then you will know their versatility which doesnt require their use to be restricted to Moroccan spiced type dishes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Then you will know their versatility which doesnt require their use to be restricted to Moroccan spiced type dishes.
    But I have enough other toys to achieve those aims. Too many toys, too few days to play with them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CandiceR View Post
    You had me at 40% discount! And you DEFINTELY had me at Le Creuset.

    I've never cooked in a tangine, although I can imagine being in Morocco when I do?
    It's ideal for low and slow. The dome top allows the steam to rise, get trapped and the top and recirculate which infuses a lot of flavour in the food. Most people get a tagine for a gift, it hangs around and then one day they start using it and then kick themselves for not using it before. Until one day the lid breaks and that is usually the end of their tagine era.

    It's a clever and useful cooking vessel if you have enough cupboard space that the lid is not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    Too many toys, too few days to play with them all.
    I am sure there is a joke there somewhere....
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    I am sure there is a joke there somewhere....
    Ja, the dog toys get enough use. It's the kitchen toys that need more excercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    Ja, the dog toys get enough use. It's the kitchen toys that need more excercise.
    Sorry - my "off" sense of humour coming through again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    Ja, the dog toys get enough use. It's the kitchen toys that need more excercise.
    I understand, its all the power failures
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    Sorry - my "off" sense of humour coming through again...
    Your sense of humour is off? Off doing the dishes, including the tagine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    It's ideal for low and slow. The dome top allows the steam to rise, get trapped and the top and recirculate
    I have been accused of being a "bad oke"... I am not saying a thing anymore... :|
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    I have been accused of being a "bad oke"... I am not saying a thing anymore... :|
    Ja, but I said it in a good way, with a smile ook nogal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    Off doing the dishes, including the tagine?
    Edit: I actually am cooking this evening. So not my turn for the dishes.
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    Im told if you put water in the indentation on the top of the lid, the food is done when that water has evaporated.

    from a Moroccan acquaintance.
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    We have a ceramic slow cooker,
    poitjies and various cast iron goodies
    … surely all these are fairly ‘closed’ system
    cooking vessels that one could achieve the
    same results as with a tagine ?
    Whats the edge in stewing it has over them ?

    … could also deploy large Hot Box cushions
    to maintain a fairly slow simmer etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BushNomad View Post
    We have a ceramic slow cooker,
    poitjies and various cast iron goodies
    … surely all these are fairly ‘closed’ system
    cooking vessels that one could achieve the
    same results as with a tagine ?
    Whats the edge in stewing it has over them ?

    … could also deploy large Hot Box cushions
    to maintain a fairly slow simmer etc.
    They all achieve similar aims, which is why I'm personally not planning to get one. I have a lot of low and slow items. It does add a unique flavour profile when one cooks in clay. I don't currently have a clay pot, although I loved mine. I passed it on to my sister in law. She had 3 growing boys and was in greater need of regularly roasting a chicken than I was at the time. The clay is soaked for a long time before, usually a good 24 hours. Then throughout cooking that moisture is slowly introduced during cooking which does help to 'superheat' it to an extent and also to moisten the food which definitely allows flavour to develop throughout. The advantage also is that one instead of having to put it in the oven, has it on a lower heat on the stove top (or in the camp fire) which also allows flavour to develop.

    The cast iron bottoms just has the usual heat retention benefits and of course robustness during travel. The glazed ceramic lids that come with the cast iron bottoms don't have any of the clay advantages and only allows for the condensing effect due to the shape. They are somewhat more robust than the clay lids, but also vulnerable to breakage.

    I guess one has to pick ones poison. To me, that lid is a big deterrent to getting one, because I do not want something like that sitting on a counter top. I won't use it all the time, and I can put 3 other toys in the place that this one will take up. If you already have a lot of goodies then it's a nice add on. I do think they have some benefits for new or less experienced cooks because they help develop flavour that someone less experienced may not yet have quite a handle on. That and the fact that you stick it on the stove on lowish heat and wait for the smells to announce supper is ready. It's a safe way to get into spicy foods. What's not to love about Moroccan flavours?
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    Thanks for your comments Emmie,
    must say I tend to closely agree .
    Given that , on this forum, we are mainly
    offroaders, overlanders etc seems the awkward Tagine mainly belongs in the spacious home kitchens of specialist cooks !
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