Friday, May 17, 2013

FFWD - Lamb and Dried Apricot Tagine - Cook's Choice for Food Revolution Day




Today is Cook's Choice for Food Revolution Day for our French Fridays with Dorie group.  Our assignment:  choose a recipe from Around My French Table that you loved (or would love to try, if it’s a recipe we haven’t made yet!) and Cook it. Share it. With family, friends, colleagues.

What is Food Revolution Day?  To quote the website:

Food Revolution Day is a global day of action for people to make a stand for good food and essential cooking skills. It's a chance for people to come together within their homes, schools, workplaces and communities to cook and share their kitchen skills, food knowledge and resources. Food Revolution Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of good food and better food education for everyone by focusing on three simple actions – cook it, share it, live it.


I chose to make Lamb and Dried Apricot Tagine from p284 of Around My French Table.  You can find the recipe to make it in the book, or online here.  The photos below take you step by step through that recipe.

First, you put some dried apricots in chicken stock to plump up:



In the meantime, you brown some cubed lamb shoulder in a little oil on the stovetop:



Next, after removing the lamb from the pan, you cook some chopped onions and garlic in a little more oil:


and add a tin of tomatoes:


After reducing the tomatoes for 10 minutes, you add the chicken stock (sans dried apricots), dried chilli, coriander, saffron, ginger, cumin, cinnamon and two teaspoons of fresh coriander  (if you have it):


Put the meat and dried apricots on top:


cover the pot with alfoil, pop the lid on your pot, and cook the tagine in the oven for an hour.  Add a handful of toasted almonds and cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy:



This tagine has a lovely zing to it - if you don't like zing, you can adjust the spices to your taste.  However, the overall flavour is just devine in my view - sweet and savoury and spicy, with soft, melty meat.  I served mine with steamed veges and leftover risotto.

You can find out what the other Dorie cooks made for Food Revolution Day by visiting the LYL section of the FFWD website.

20 comments:

Cher Rockwell said...

Mmmmm - dried apricots :-)

Kari said...

Food Revolution Day sounds like a great idea. And I love dried apricots in savoury dishes.

Blond Duck said...

I've always wanted to try lamb!

Johanna GGG said...

good choice - I love tagine with dried apricots - haven't cooked this sort of meal for ages and now you have me hankering after one (without the lamb)

Cindy said...

Oh, your food looks so good. I have never cooked lamb--I do need to branch out!

Liz Berg said...

Wonderful choice for Food Revolution Day! If it wasn't so darn hot here, I'd love a plate for my dinner tonight!

Mardi Michels said...

Thanks for your step by step instructions - love this aspect of "sharing" on FRD2013!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen said...

Wow, this is a sensational dish! All flavors I absolutely adore. I must make this one soon, since I missed it with the group.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'm drooling here. We ate salad outdoors tonight and it just wasn't satisfying as it was so cold!

Ei said...

Mmmmm...lamb + apricots = joy.

Teresa said...

That looks delicious. Perfect for sharing on Food Revolution Day.

Diane Balch said...

Wonderful I can smell this cooking... I always keep dried apricots on hand love them with chicken too. Wonderful choice.... to the REVOLUTion!

Kathy said...

This is another recipe that I have wanted to try! It looks divine…a great choice for Food Revolution Day! Have a wonderful weekend!

Patty Price said...

I've made this one...it was so yummy! Great choice for your FFWD;-) Those dried apricots become so delicious plumped up in the sauce ;-) Happy Food Revolution!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Your Lamb and dried Apricot Tangine looks like a delicious choice for today´s Food Revolution Day! And what a nice and colorful presentation you made with the assortment of vegetables! Gald that you enjoyed this so much!

Betsy said...

Amazing looking stew! What a great choice for Food Revolution Day! I'd like to share it with you :)

ayu @ the spicy lemongrass said...

Hi Cakelaw, I'm not sure if you got my last comment. So I'm commenting again. Hehe.. Was just saying that lamb can definitely be intimidating but would love to give this recipe a go! Good job on FRD!

tricia s. said...

I am so intrigued- this looks amazing and I am dying to know what it tastes like so was pleased when you said it had "zing". I look forward to working my way through this recipe as well. Great job !

Mary Hirsch said...

We must have made this before I joined FFWD or it is one of the few Fridays I missed. I'm pretty sure I didn't pass on it because I love lamb, tagines and dried fruit of any kind. So thank you for pointing out this recipe. It's definitely one I wil put on my List to try. The best part of Food Revolution Day 2013 was to be reminded of all the Dorie dishes I missed and haven't made yet. Loved your very clear pictures - love recipes that I can follow in that way.

Kayte said...

I happen to love a certain amount of zing, so this looks really really appealing to me! I need to mark this one...your photo makes it looks too good to pass up...tagines are wonderful!