Photographer's Note

Le tajine, ou tagine désigne, d'une part, un ustensile de cuisine traditionnel du Maghreb, plat de cuisson creux en terre cuite vernissée, surmonté d'un couvercle conique, et d'autre part, une préparation culinaire du Maghreb occidental (Algérie et Maroc), cuite dans cet ustensile, sorte de ragoût cuit à l'étouffée, qui peut être composé de viande, de volaille ou de poisson, de légumes ou de fruits.

A tajine or tagine is a historically Berber dish from North Africa that is named after the special earthenware pot in which it is cooked. The traditional tajine pot is formed entirely of a heavy clay, which is sometimes painted or glazed. It consists of two parts: a base unit that is flat and circular with low sides and a large cone- or dome-shaped cover that sits on the base during cooking. The cover is designed to promote the return of all condensation to the bottom. With the cover removed, the base can be taken to the table for serving.
The word "tagine" also refers to the succulent dish which is slow-cooked inside the cooking vessel. Typically, a tagine is a rich stew of meat, chicken, or fish, and most often includes vegetables or fruit.

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Additional Photos by Patrick HUBERT (yquem46) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1892 W: 5 N: 4842] (38752)
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