Simple Morrocan Lamb Tagine


Spice up your life with a traditional fragrant lamb tagine.

INGREDIENTS

Shoulder of lamb or lamb chunks cut into small chunks ( approx 2lb lamb)

2 large onion splash of olive oil

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 pint tomato juice

2 x 400ml tins chopped tomatoes

600ml lamb stock

4oz dried apricots, halved

2oz dates, halved

2oz sultanas or raisins

3oz flaked almonds

1 tbsp clear honey

2tbsp coriander

2tbsp parsley

Spice mix – 1tsp cayenne pepper, 2tsp black pepper, 2 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tbsp turmeric, 2tsp cinnamon

METHOD

Mix together the spices cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. Cover the lamb with half of the spice mix and leave to marinate for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas2.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large casserole dish or tagine. Add the 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. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
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. Add the tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish or tagine.

Bring to the boil and cover with a fitted lid. Place in the oven for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.

Sprinkle with chopped herbs.

Serve with warm crusty bread and a large glass of red wine.

Enjoy!

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……And all that jazz!


“The real power of Jazz is that a group of people can come together and create improvised art and negotiate their agendas… and that negotiation is the art”

– Wynton Marsalis from ‘Jazz, a film by Ken Burns.’

Drummer Art Blakeley, the Jazz Messengers
Drummer Art Blakeley, the Jazz Messengers
Thelonius Monk, New York, 1975
Thelonius Monk, New York, 1975

jazz

 

jazz

 

Paul Newman and Louis Armstrong, 1961 :Frank Horvat
Paul Newman and Louis Armstrong, 1961 :Frank Horvat
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Thelonius Monk, New York 1975
Alfred Eisenstaedt, summer jazz workshop -Lennox 1959
Alfred Eisenstaedt, summer jazz workshop -Lennox 1959
Johnny Hodges by Herman Leonard, Paris 1958
Johnny Hodges by Herman Leonard, Paris 1958
Miles David, Guy Le Querrec Paris 8th
Miles Davis, 1969 Guy Le Querrec Paris 8th

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Celebrating London


Around every corner there is a story waiting to be discovered, a melting pot of culture and promise. London is a great city created by people from around the world who have helped to shape its history and its future. Our advise for the best way to learn about London is to get out and experience it!

Visit NOTTING HILL

The Notting Hill Bookshop, London
The Notting Hill Bookshop,  London (image via easy.com)

 

The Churchill Arms, Notting Hill
The Churchill Arms, Notting Hill (image via shopmodmint.com)

 

 

Visit BRICK LANE

Brick Lane street art, London
Brick Lane street art, London (image via theplant do.com)

Visit SOHO

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Visit COVENT GARDEN Continue reading “Celebrating London”

How to Decorate with Autumn Colours


Update your home with autumn colours. Choose shades of gold, red and orange, add rich chocolate-brown and compliment with cool colours such as blues, purples and greens. Use autumn displays to create a big impact and warm up rooms with layers of earthy tones.

Add warmth with a faux fur rug to a design classic
Add warmth to a design classic with a faux fur rug
Check out the autumn colours in these beautiful woven kalims
Check out the autumn colours in these beautiful woven kalims

Buy similar kalim rugs at Urban Outfitters.

But from Urbanoutfitters
Available from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters
Available from Urban Outfitters

To make a bold statement, we love this autumn orange Smeg refrigerator available at John Lewis.

 Smeg refrigerator
Smeg refrigerator. Available from John Lewis


To introduce an autumn colour palette in the bedroom, layer rich velvet textures for an instant update to your bedroom interior scheme. Try mixing burnt orange with grey for a modern look. Similar bedding available to shop at John Lewis Home.

Heavy orange velvet textures add warmth to a grey colour scheme
Heavy orange velvet textures add warmth to a grey colour scheme
Inspirational autumn colours
Inspirational autumn colours

For a quick and easy way to spruce up your home, create an autumn display using wooden candles and natural dried floral items. A simple way to add interest to your living room.

Create a centrepiece
Create a centrepiece
Use candles to create an autumn display
Use candles to create an autumn display
Choose colours from an autumn palette for accessories
Choose colours from an autumn palette for accessories
Autumn branches and rustic leaves add a seasonal lift
Autumn branches and rustic leaves add a seasonal lift
A natural colour themed room is given an autumn lift just by adding an orange throw.
A natural colour themed room is given an autumn lift just by adding an orange throw.
Missouri home throws in autumn colours. Available at shop.tessuti.co.nz
Missoni home throws in autumn colours. Available at buy at shop.tessuti.co.nz