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Marrakech and a Chicken Tagine

4 Apr

The Love Affair

We celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary in January with a weekend trip to Marrakech in Morocco. We stayed in the Medina (old town) in a quaint little Riad and experienced our first tagine of the weekend on our very first night at the Riad; a traditional Lamb and Apricot Tagine. The Lamb was so juicy and so very tender, it really was a ‘melt in your mouth’ experience, and the apricots gave the dish a lovely sweetness. I knew, even before we left Geneva, that I wanted to come home with a tagine of my own but it was made even more certain in my mind after eating that Lamb Tagine. We had booked in for a full day cooking class and here we made, amongst other things, a Chicken and Preserved Lemon Tagine and a Rabbit and Quince Tagine in an outdoor kitchen over a manually fanned flame. Both of these Tagines are traditional flavour combinations and can be found on the menu of any restaurant in Marrakech. The Rabbit Tagine had a lot more flavour than the Chicken Tagine but they were both delicious and we had learned so great cooking techniques. Over lunch I bombarded our cook with one million and one questions about ceramic tagines, what to look for, what size to buy, how much I should spend, which stall to buy from etc, and finished the day back in the markets ready to haggle.

The Barter

The best part of our trip to Marrakech was the purchase of my tagine. The cook from our cooking class had informed me that I should spend no more than 50 dirham for a medium sized tagine (approximately 4 person) and to stick to the plain varnished ceramic tagines as these are the only appropriate ones for cooking with (the paint from the decorated tagines can be toxic when heated). We were in the Jamaa el Fna, the hotspot for shopping and bartering, and every second stall seemed to be selling tagines. I headed to the first one I saw, found a tagine that I liked and asked the gentleman manning the stand how much it cost. His reply was astounding; 400 dirham! I almost laughed out loud, but promptly told him I would pay no more than 50 dirham. In our previous two days of bartering we had aimed at 50% of the original price stated and so to counter the offer of 400 dirham with only 50 dirham seemed like lunacy. And to this gentleman it was. He waved us off and so we headed to the next shop where I again found a tagine that I liked and again asked the gentleman manning the shop how much it would cost. This time it was 200 dirham. So once again I countered with 50 dirham and told the man I would pay no more. I was unwilling to budge. I should be able to pay what the locals pay, I thought. We started to walk away to the next shop when the shop keeper ran out and offered us 100 dirham. Another 10 steps down the alley and he yelled out 50 dirham. Success!!

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