Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas

A tagine is such a wonderful way to prepare and serve a complete meal at once.

The combination of meat, vegetable and carbs makes this possible and super easy!

The special spice mix, which I call “Moroccan Spice Mix”, is a wonderful very versatile balanced combination of flavours; I use this in many different ways, mostly spontaneously according to the ingredients I have on hand at home.

In the recipe below, I added some honey from our own production; this made the plate really really delicious!

Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Moroccan Spice Mix:

  • 2 teaspoon ras el hanout spice mix, if available, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Tagine:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 g chicken skinned, cut into big pieces (if you prefer deboned)
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and cut into quarters (wedges)
  • 1/2 lemon with peel, cut vertically in wedges (skin on)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 6 teaspoons Moroccan Spices Mix (see above)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetal broth
  • 1 can chickpeas, about 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoon raisins (+ some for decoration)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley for decoration

Prcedure

  1. Prepare in advance the ingredients taking care to prepare the tomatoes. To peel the tomatoes dip them in boiling water for two minutes, place in cold water and remove the skin. Cut into half and with your fingers remove the seed, cut into 1-2 cm pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet (provided of lid) and fry chicken for 2 minutes, add onion and lemon wedges and fry for other 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and spices. Stir fry shortly until fragrant.
  4. Add tomatoes and sauté for 1-2 more minutes. Set aside a few pieces tomatoes, one lemon and one onion wedge for decoration.
  5. Add the broth and stir well-
  6. Add chickpeas, lemon juice, honey and raisins.
  7. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cover and let simmer covered for about 30 minutes or better one until the chicken results tender. Stir and add little water from time to time as it should not result dry.
  9. Just before serving top with the reserved lemon and onion wedges, the pieces of tomatoes, a few raisins. Cover for a few seconds.
  10. Top with parsley and serve with a smile!

 

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Gold Chai Powder

 

My favorite way to serve and outstanding specialty hot beverages to my family or friends is by introducing them to flavored teas or coffee. We make our flavored spice mixtures in batches, using fresh grinded whole spices and other high quality spice powders, so that the blends stay aromatic and highly enjoyable, without being too artificial tasting.

This special precious like gold and intense flavored blend is based turmeric, cardamom, ginger and enriched with other aromas like star anise, nutmeg, fennel and cinnamon.

It’s delicious with simply hot milk or with black tea or even with coffee! A small quantity in cakes (for example carrot cake) would give a special note in a very simple way.

The first time I used a similar blend was simply with soy milk as a chai latte recipe  but then I‘ve discovered how delicious is it with black tea and even with coffee.

I’ve changed the basic recipe a little bit and now I have the blend I need and which is best with the quality of spices I have.

Please don’t forget that each spice can have a very different intensity of aroma (quality, storage and age of the ingredients) and I suggest to check the taste first and if needed adjust to your personal taste.

 

Gold Chai Powder

  • Servings: quantity to taste
  • Difficulty: easy
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You need (about 2.5 cups in total) big batch 

  • 1/3 cup whole cardamom
  • 1/4 cup whole star anise
  • 1/4 cup whole fennel seed
  • 1 cup ground turmeric
  • 1/4 cup ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 10 teaspoons vanilla sugar

You need (about 2/3 cups in total) smaller batch

  • 4 teaspoons whole cardamom
  • 3 teaspoons whole star anise
  • 3 teaspoons whole fennel seed
  • 12 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla sugar

Procedure

  1. With a spice grinder or a food processor work cardamom, star anise and fennel until the powder turns very fine (if necessary sieve it).
  2. Place into a bowl add the other ingredients and stir until well combined.
  3. Store in closed jars in a fresh and dark place.

Night of Stars

Only four months ago we tried our fist experiments in catching the night stars and photographing the milky way, but at the end of February the core of the milky way will be visible again and I hope we will got the chance to escape the light pollution, get clear weather and some time for our beginners experiments.

I can’t wait to be again on Crete for a few days, enjoy the milder weather and the bright stars again!

 

Winter Grey

 

This is one of my favorites place in the forest. The trees are simply amazing and this by all kind of weather. I love colors and I love the sun, but I also like mystic look where colors seems to be erased and the world only in black and white.

Note: photos without adjustments.

 

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Iceland in Winter: Golden Circle

 

Winter days in Iceland are quite short, but it does not mean that it isn’t possible to stop to admire the most important sites along the golden circle. A time schedule would be very helpful in this case so that you know how to manage the time. This country is so beautiful it makes it really difficult not to stop for longer time at this awesome sights.

We were there only one week before the shortest day and the light began to come through at about 09:30, and the dark came just before 17:00.

Between the first light and the sun rise we could calculate about 1 1/2 hours and the same was for the sunset. We got real the best weather for this trip!

The sunny hours are something like a very long sunrise and a very long sunset; this means…WOW… golden hours all the day long!

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The first place to visite was the enchanted þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In winter we got the chance to see the frozen lake and the Öxarárfoss waterfall

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We continued our trip in the direction of the Geysirs

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Some more time for a quick lunch around this steamy geothermal area. From here in only a few minutes we reached the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.

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The final stop in a natural hot-sprig just before heading in direction of Hella for dinner and a good sleep.

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Iceland in Winter: From the Sky

We’ve been for a few days in Iceland again! Last time we’ve visited Iceland it was in early September and we were so amazed that we found we have to go there.

So we were lucky to find flights for a reasonable time and we could visit our great friend in Reykjavik again and then start our 3 days tour before heading home.

The arrival by plane was breathtaking: many volcanoes covered snow and the Svartsengi geothermal power plant could be admired.

What for an incredible view! We could not wait to start our trip.

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Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo. Mood: Looking Down to the Sunny South

 

Before starting our hiking to the natural monument of the Roque Nublo, we stopped for a while wondering the light spectacle of the sun playing with the clouds. It was late in the afternoon and some rays found their way under the clouds. The golden light unlighted the South while on the top the clouds were playing with the wind.

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