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Good range of recipes but....
on 28 December 2012
Bought this after getting a tagine as a present, and also having bought the Tagine recipe book by the same author from Lakeland at £5.99. Unfortunately, this more expensive book contains the same recipes - and photos - as the slightly smaller Lakeland book, with the addition of one recipe per section on tagines, albeit additional recipes in the couscous and accompaniments sections. Has made my cheaper purchase somewhat redundant - guess £5.99 isn't that much to worry about.
The recipes themselves look very good though and I look forward to working my way through them.
However, and it's a big however, the tagine dish I received (from John Lewis so not cheap) specifically says it can't be used on the stove (although it doesn't explicitly preclude the use of a heat diffuser, but I'm wary of trying in case it cracks) so I was looking for clear instructions in this book on oven cooking the dishes. Apart from a mention in the introduction that "tagines can also be produced using a conventional hob or oven", no instructions about oven temperature nor cooking times are given in any of the recipes. Shame as a lot of articles I've read suggest tagines are particularly good for slow cooking which to me suggests sticking it in the oven and largely forgetting about it, rather than on a hob where one would be tempted to keep checking.
My first attempt therefore making a chicken tagine (albeit from a Jamie Oliver recipe, not one here!) with fennel and carrots was pretty much trial and error in my fan oven at 150/160C, and took around two hours for the chicken and veg to be cooked while retaining some bite. It was particularly good, it must be said.
So, unless I find clearer instructions somewhere, it does look like making tagines for me will indeed be assemble everything in the dish and bung it in the oven for a couple of hours!