I had a $30 gift certificate from Williams and Sonoma burning a hole in my pocket, so Hubs and I loaded up last Saturday and ran over to nearby Aspen Grove Shopping Center. I had my doubts that I’d find any sort of kitchen item I didn’t already own, but when we walked into the store we were greeted by a display of Moroccan themed cookware. Exotic in color, hand painted tagines were surrounded by a set of vibrant dinnerware, flatware and linens, accented with with jars of earthy colored simmering sauces…$30??? I could have spent ten times that amount.
A tagine is a type of ceramic or clay cookware from North Africa. The bottom is a wide, circular shallow dish used for both cooking and serving. The lid of the tagine is shaped like a dome or cone. There’s a little hole in the top of the dome to allow for steam to escape during the a long slow cook.