April is (Inter)National Tagine Month. To kick off the month, I am inviting you to enter the world of North African cuisine.
Couscous, a global food, and tagines that accompany it, are often acclaimed to be one of France’s favorite dishes and extensively popular across Europe’s culinary landscape. Couscous, the traditional accompanient for many tagines, is widely available in the United States and can be found at national chains, specialty stores, and natural foods stores, making it easily accessible for frequent use. While couscous is a staple of some of North Africa’s proudest dishes, it is a strong compliment to any meal.
The most famous tagines are slow-cooked stews or braises of lamb, beef, chicken, or seafood accompanied with a medley of unique spices and vegetables. But there are many other kinds of tagines that I will share with you throughout the month of April.
The diversity and creativity of North African cuisine and specifically, tagine cooking is not only an important aspect of the North African culture, but an arising component of the diverse culture of the United States.
As the culinary experience grows to service a vast scene, more and more average cooks are starting to expand their recipe file and whip up multi-cultural delicacies. In celebration of National Tagine Month and in creating awareness of North African cooking, we are hosting a recipe swap on this website, www.chefzadi.com.
Chefs, tastemakers, foodies, bloggers, and enthusiasts have the opportunity to share their recipes with the world while gaining some extra tips, tricks and tagine secrets. The top 10 recipes of the month will go on to a cooking contest held at the 2nd Annual Couscous Festival in Glendale, Ca, September 2011, where chefs will exhibit their food, demonstrate their specialized techniques and judge the finalists. We would love to invite you to join our quest in bringing North African cooking to mainstream cuisine by initially establishing an unwavering presence in Los Angeles. We would love for you to participate in these initiatives by becoming a partner in this campaign.