domingo, 28 de diciembre de 2014

Chicken and pumpkin tagine, Choumicha Acharki

For 4 people

  • 1⁄2 kg chicken breast 
  • 1⁄2 kg pumpkin 
  • 100 g cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 onion, 
  • 1 sprig parsley 
  • 4 tablespoons argan oil 
  • 1 teaspoon salt a pinch of pepper, ginger and saffron pistils

Preparation and cooking time: 2 hours
Cut the chicken breast into medium-large pieces. Pour two tablespoons argan oil into a pan and brown the finely sliced onion for five minutes. Add the diced chicken, spices (pepper, ginger, saffron) and parsley. Add a glass of water and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes. Dice the pumpkin into pieces the same size as the chicken. Add them with the cherry tomatoes to the pan and cook on higher flame for 15 minutes. As soon as the sauce is a creamy consistency, turn off the heat. Arrange the diced chicken, pumpkin and tomatoes on a dish. Cover with the sauce and complete with two tablespoons of argan oil before serving.


sábado, 27 de diciembre de 2014

Tajine of kid with zucchini and pinenuts

Tajine of kid with zucchini and pinenuts
Gad Azran

For 4 people

  • 600 g kid meat (shoulder and leg)
  • 2 liters chicken stock
  • 1⁄2 kg small zucchini,  
  • 250 g white onions, 
  • 2 cloves garlic, 
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch parsley, 
  • 100 g grilled pinenuts
  • 15 saffron pistils, 
  • 5 g powdered ginger, 
  • 5 g turmeric, 
  • 3 g black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salted butter, 
  • 1 glass peanut oil, 
  • 1 glass culinary argan oil

Preparation and cooking time: two hours and a quarter, plus marinating time

Cut the kid into small pieces and remove the fat. Leave the meat to macerate for four hours with the ginger, turmeric, pepper, bay leaves, garlic, butter and peanut oil. Put the macerated meat into a pan, cover with the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Lower the flame and cook for at least two hours.
In the meantime wash and cut the zucchini in two and finely slice the onions.
After 30 minutes cooking, add the onions and saffron to the meat and 10 minutes later, the zucchini. Finish cooking on a low flame.
Place the meat, vegetables and pinenuts on a serving dish. Add the argan oil and decorate with parsley.

viernes, 26 de diciembre de 2014

Moroccan lamb tagine with Argan oil.

This authentic tagine recipe will take you to slow-cooked perfection in six simple steps – just kick back with a glass of wine until it’s ready.


Preparation method

  1. Place the cayenne, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon into a small bowl and mix to combine. Place the lamb in a large bowl and toss together with half of the spice mix. Cover and leave overnight in the fridge.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas2.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp of argan oil in a large casserole dish. Add the grated onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes so that the onions are soft but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic for the final 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the cubes of lamb on all sides then add the browned meat to the casserole dish. De-glaze the frying pan with ¼ pint of tomato juice and add these juices to the pan.

  5. Add the remaining tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish. Bring to the boil, cover with a fitted lid, place in the oven and cook for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.
  6. Place the lamb in a tagine or large serving dish and sprinkle over the chopped herbs. Serve.

sábado, 11 de enero de 2014

Natural Argan oil and Cream

Argan oil is well known for it's anti-ageing properties, Due to high levels of Vitamin E and saponins, which soften the skin. It can help to reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin's water lipid layer and it also cools and soothes inflammation. Its antioxidant properties help to neutralise free radicals. Yet it does all this quite naturally.