Moroccan Berber-style Chicken Tagine
After an incredible birthday celebration in Marrakech last weekend, I developed a love affair with the taste-sensation that is tagine. Such a delicious and nutritious way to include copious amounts of veggies, animal-based protein (can be created meat-free) and a decent dose of healthy fats into one perfect meal! Not to mention the flavours are so unique that they transport me back to Morocco every time I open my kitchen cupboard and smell the aromas of a tagine spice mix we found. Are you ready for a super simple Moroccan delight?
It is with love and gratitude that I share with you some of the most giving souls we had the pleasure of meeting during our time in Marrakech. We stayed in the luxurious, yet well-priced Alena Riad run by Claudie and Franck (http://www.alena-riad.com). I cannot express enough how helpful they were; they truly made our Moroccan experience better than anything I had dreamt. We mentioned to Claudie that we were hooked on tagine and wanted to learn how to make this local treasure. She promptly arranged a cooking class for us the next day and we were taught the tricks of the trade for a traditional Berber tagine by the lovely chef Layla, who provides the meals at Alena Riad. Here is what we did: