RECIPE: Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons & Purple Olives

Greetings from Founder Katia!

Today I'm here to share with you one of my favorite Moroccan recipes: Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Purple Olives.

 

Check out our video recipe here and the full details below. Happy Cooking!

 

Ingredients

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp preferably fresh ground coriander ( video shows whole)

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 cup canola oil

1 fresh squeezed lemon

8 new potatoes

1/2 preserved lemon cut up into small pieces

3 small shallots (small dice)

1 tbsp. parsley

1.5 tsp. preferably fresh ground cumin (video shows whole)

12 Moroccan purple olives

6 parsley stems

 

 For Marinade

In a separate bowl mix the following:

 

1 tsp turmeric

½ tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp coriander

1 fresh squeezed lemon

1/2 preserved lemon

(You add salt to taste later, because lemon tends to be a bit tangy/salty.)

Directions

Cut up a whole chicken in 10-12 pieces.  After, you wash the pieces; let them rest for 10-15 minutes.

Add the chicken to the bowl and let it marinate for an hour or even overnight, then when ready to cook, add the oil and mix again.

Put parsley stems then the onions in the tagine, and then add the chicken.  (Maybe 8 pieces of the chicken, you can save the rest to use the next day or freeze to use later.)   You don't want to stack up the meat in the tagine.

Start with low heat about level 2 for about 20 minutes, and then add the potatoes then bring to medium low, about 3, and let it cook for 1 hour.  Add parsley, 12 olives and cumin on top 5 minutes before done cooking.  

 TIP: If you have a gas stove, perfect, you can put the tagine directly on the fire. If you don’t have a gas stove, you should either use a diffuser on the stovetop, or put in a 350 degree oven.

There you have it! My favorite chicken tagine recipe.  

 

February 15, 2017 by Katia Essyad

His & Hers Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. What better way to share the love than to give a gift that has been made with lots of it!

At Casablanca Market, we're committed to working with local artisans from around the Mediterranean to bring you the best collection of handmade fine home goods and accessories from the region.

For your Valentines Day gift giving consideration, we present to you....

 

FIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM

1) Moroccan Chess & Backgammon Set 

Chess & Backgammon

This exquisite, one of a kind Moroccan hand made backgammon and chess set is perfect for that gamer-guy in your life. Made from cedar, this two-in-one game is sure to make him smile.  More>> 

 

 

 

 

2) Fruit & Cheese Cutting Board with Secret Tool Set


Cutting boardIt doesn't get much cooler (and classier) than our cutting board and secret tool set compartment. This gift is sure to impress party guests and is perfect for the charcuterie-lover in your life.  More>> 

 

 

3) Moroccan Grilling Setup

For the guy who loves to grill, may we suggest he spice it up this year by grilling Moroccan style with our Charcoal Brazier and shish Kebob Skewers? And for next level grillmasters, check out our traditional Moroccan Bellow or Rabooz to keep the fire burning?  More>>  

 

4) Wine Glasses


Perfect for a romantic night in, these simple but beautiful wine glasses are made from hand-blown, recycled glass in Morocco. Far Wine glasses are also great for water, tea, coffee, juice, or as an impromptu candle holder.  More>>

 



 

5) Unglazed Natural Tagine & Moroccan Cooking Ingredients 


For purists, our Unglazed Natural Tagine is the perfect stove top, oven or grill-friendly option to slow-cook up a flavor-filled dish. Also, while you're at it, be sure to check out our Moroccan foods page which includes our famous preserved lemons and olives. Once you've cooked in a tagine, you’ll never go back!  More>>

 

FIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR HER

 

1) Pom Pom Pillows & Blankets

 

Snuggling up in one of our hand-sewn Moroccan blankets for Valentines Day is just what your lady needs this holiday season. We’ve also got a great selection of Moroccan pillows to choose from as well. More>>

  

2) Hand Woven Market Baskets


Perfect to use for shopping trips, picnics, going to the beach, a night out, storing grocery items or using as a holiday gift basket, our market baskets are all one-of-a-kind and hand woven with palm leaves. Our favorite basket right now is our Market Basket with Brown Straps (pictured here). Our market baskets are timeless, sturdy, reusable, 100% biodegradable and hand-woven by women artisans in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  More>>

 

3) Berber Serving Tagine

Moroccans use serving tagines to present their finished dishes on tables. This Berber Serving tagine is thick and substantial, allowing the food to stay warm throughout your meal. It is glazed on the outside of the lid and bottom. This tagine is made by hand in Morocco. More>>

 

 

 

 

4) One-of-a-Kind Moroccan Ingredients


A great gift for those looking to cook up some new flavors, head over to our Moroccan Food section in our marketplace. Adding our olivespreserved lemons or argan oil to your recipe is sure to spice things up in more ways than one! Looking for a recipe to try out? Our recent "How To Roast the Perfect Pepper" blog will show one example of how to incorporate our ingredients into the recipes you love. More>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

5) Moroccan Vintage Tea Set


Charm your tabletops with our Moroccan Tea Time Collection. All of our tea glasses like these Morjana Palais Mix (left) are hand-painted and made exclusively with recycled glass--beautiful gifts with a beautiful story. Pair these glasses with our Silver Teapot for a perfect gift for the tea-lover in your life. More>>

 

AND IF YOU CAN'T DECIDE TODAY, WHY NOT GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A CASABLANCA MARKET GIFT CARD? 

 > CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW <

 

Why buy from Casablanca Market?

Products from Casablanca Market are all beautiful, yet practical. Although they are handmade, they are by no means inferior in quality to others. Every product is made using traditional methods, but adapted to suit the modern market.


For example, our woven pillows, which are traditionally made with wool in Morocco, are made with cotton to be more gentle against the skin. Color schemes also range from vibrant, traditional palettes to more muted, neutral colors to compliment any style of home.


Most importantly, every product has a story behind it. By keeping our production in Morocco, our hardworking artisans are able to simultaneously preserve their Moroccan artistic heritage and earn a living from their world-class skills.


For more about our mission, please visit www.casablancamarket.com/pages/about-us

January 27, 2017 by Ally Labriola

How to Cure & Season your Tagine or Tangia

 For premium results when cooking in your new Tagine or Tangia (glazed or not glazed), it is highly recommended, if not mandatory, that it is seasoned before initial use. Please follow the simple step-by-step instructions and pictures listed below for maximum quality taste.

  1. Water and Space: The new tagine (both parts) needs to be submerged into water for up to 6 hours. If you cannot submerge it, place it in a clean sink and slowly fill the base with water until it stops absorbing it. Let it stand for full absorption of water into the clay.
  1. Empty excess water and dry the tagine. Let it stand for about 1 hour.

  1. Olive Oil: Rub the inside of the base and lid with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, NOT the outside of the lid or base.

    1. Cold Oven: Place the oiled tagine in a cold oven, set the temperature to 350° and let it bake for 2 hours.

      1. After 2 hours, turn off the oven and leave the tagine to cool down completely in the turned off oven. Following this process will strengthen your tagine. Please re-season if unused for 6 months or more. 

       

      PLEASE NOTE:

      Be careful not to subject your tagine to extreme changes in temperature when in use. They cannot resist thermo shocks and can easily crack. Please refrain from adding cold water on a hot tagine during cooking or right after. Start cooking with low heat until the tagine is warm. Then proceed to medium heat and do not increase the heat too high, keep it on a steady/stable temperature all the way.

      TAGINE CLEANING:

      It is highly recommended that you hand wash your tagine and it is handmade and could be damaged in a dish washer. Leave it to dry flat. Do not leave it submerged in soapy water.

       

      Now you're ready to get cooking! Browse our blog here for Founder Katia's favorite recipes. 

      Disclaimer

      Tagines or Tangia may sometimes look chipped on the sides or the top. As tagines are being fired in traditional kilns, they may stick to each other and then they are hand separated, which leaves the impression of a chip. Please understand that this is a normal occurrence and in no way is a defect. Our tagines are hand-made using basic tools and in somewhat primitive conditions. Small imperfections, such as tight fits and natural color variations are to be expected and valued as part of the non-industrial beauty of the product.

      Please inquire on our Moroccan cookbooks specially made for tagines! Thank You for your business

      Contact us at info@casablancamarket.com

       

       

      BROWSE OUR BEST SELLERS BELOW

      Best Selling Tagines

       

      January 10, 2017 by Katia Essyad
      Peppers

      How To Roast The Perfect Pepper

      Greetings from Founder Katia-- Today I'm here to share with you the secret to roasting the perfect pepper! Tis the season for warm salads, and adding roasted peppers is the ideal way to warm up your home for the holidays.

      Tip #1 Remember, just because it’s easier to run your peppers under cold water after you roast them, please do not :) Take your time and enjoy your cooking and please always Buy Local. Buy Organic.

      Step 1 Wash your peppers first, let them rest on your counter. Then, bring them to the oven and bake at a temperature of  375-400 degrees for 45-minutes, flipping sides every 20 minutes.

      Step 2 After your peppers are thoroughly charred, remove them from the oven and let your beauties cool. How long will they take to cool? It might take a half an hour, maybe more, but it’s worth it. Do not be tempted to run your peppers under cold water to cool them. You will wash away the delicious flavors!

      Step 3 Once cooled, remove the head, the seeds and the skin. Add olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt to taste, a hint of white vinegar, parsley, & you’re done.

      Tips & Tricks: For anther recipe you can add only these three ingredients: argan oil, cumin and salt to taste. Also, this goes great with french bread! Warm it up in the oven and serve (for crunchy deliciousness, wet your hands, pat the french bread & place in the oven). Once cooked and seasoned, the peppers can last up to a week in a fridge.

      Ready to get cooking? Browse out our Moroccan Foods page for more!

      All The Love,

      Katia

       

       

      Handmade For Home

      This recipe is just a foundation. Please put yourself into the recipe wherever you sit fit. For example, our founder Katia loves butter and sugar...so she’s known for adding a bit more in than the recipe calls for :) Double the raisins! Cut the butter! This is your recipe, we're just here to get you started. 

       

      Copyright 2016, Chef Casablanca, All Rights Reserved

      January 04, 2017 by Ally Labriola

      VIDEO: Unglazed Tagine & Moroccan Harissa

      We love this unboxing video of our Unglazed Tagine & Harissa from one of our happy customers and we think you will too! 


      Stay tuned next week for our next video: How To Cure and Season Your New Tagine

       

      Unglazed Natural Tagine

      $62.00 / LINK 

         

      This is what we call a true natural tagine. It is so beautiful, fragile yet very strong you can use it on the stove top at a low heat, in the oven (up to 350F) as well as on any grill. This tagine needs to be seasoned before first use. This process ensures long life and strength and adds a typical earthy tagine flavor to your cooking. The tagine is handmade; hand shaped into its form; therefore, the uneven and asymmetrical shape which is typical. 

      Moroccan Harissa

      $10.00 / LINK 

      Our Moroccan Harissa is not your typical harissa sauce.  It has a delicious intensity that will bring flavor of mild foods such as rice, couscous, pastas, hummus or quinoa. Our harissa will add flavor to everything from tagines, sauces to vegetables, pastas, sandwiches, eggs and meats, poultry and seafood. Ingredients:  Moroccan red chili peppers, lemons and salt.

       

       

      December 14, 2016 by Ally Labriola
      RECIPE: Moroccan Cranberry Sauce with Orange Blossom

      RECIPE: Moroccan Cranberry Sauce with Orange Blossom

      Our founder, Katia, has been cooking up some sweet and savory treats here at Casablanca Market for the holidays. This week we caught up with Katia to get her recipe for Moroccan Style Cranberry Sauce with Orange Blossom.

      Katia Essyad is native of Morocco and a lover of all things delicious. Her cooking has been directly inspired by her mother and the women she was brought up with--many of whom are Casablanca Market's artisans to this day. A self-taught chef with a passion for creating fabulous dishes, Katia loves using spices imported from Morocco and organic produce from local farmers. For this cranberry sauce recipe, she called for Moroccan Orange Blossom Water

       

      Prep Time: 5 minutes
      Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
      Serves: 5 

       
      Ingredients: 

      1 (12 oz) bag of cranberries
      1-cup water,
      ½ cup of Satsuma
      ½ squeezed lemon
      1 stick cinnamon
      4 cardamom seeds
      1 TBS of orange blossom water

       

      Step by step directions:

      • In a medium saucepan, combine all but orange blossom water.

       

      • Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15-20 minutes (depending on desired thickness).

       

      • The water will evaporate and the pectin in the cranberries will be activated as it cooks. Remove from heat.
      • Let it cool off and refrigerate.

       

      Serving Information:

      • Sauce can be made up to 1 week in advance and kept refrigerated.
      • Add and stir in orange blossom water before your serve.


      *Our orange blossom water can be found on our Moroccan Food page here. For serving dishes like the one you see above, visit our Serving Dishes page here

        

       Handmade For Home

       

      This recipe is just a foundation. Please put yourself into the recipe wherever you sit fit. For example, our founder Katia loves butter and sugar...so she’s known for adding a bit more in than the recipe calls for :) Double the raisins! Cut the butter! This is your recipe, we're just here to get you started. 

       

      Copyright 2016, Chef Casablanca, All Rights Reserved

      December 12, 2016 by Ally Labriola
      RECIPE: Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist

      RECIPE: Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist

      It's one of our favorite times of year where we give thanks, spend time with family, and...of course... eat! Here at Casablanca Market, we thought you might enjoy adding a bit of Morocco to your Thanksgiving. So, we asked our founder, Katia, to share her recipe for Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist.

      Katia Essyad is native of Morocco and a lover of all things delicious. Her cooking has been directly inspired by her mother and the women she was brought up with--many of whom are Casablanca Market's artisans to this day. A self-taught chef with a passion for creating fabulous dishes, Katia loves using spices imported from Morocco and organic produce from local farmers. For this sweet potato recipe, she called for Moroccan preserved lemons, cinnamon, fresh ginger and black raisins.

      Prep Time: 20 minutes
      Cook Time: 20 minutes
      Serves: 4 

      3 medium sweet potatoes
      ½ sliced rind of preserved lemon
      A pinch of saffron
      ½ tsp ground or fresh ginger
      1 tsp of salt
      1 cinnamon stick
      2 tbs of black raisins
      2 tbs of sugar
      1 tbs of butter
      A pinch of ground cinnamon

      *Many of these ingredients are available on our Moroccan Food page here *

       

      Step by step directions: 

    1. Peel & cut sweet potatoes into bite-sized cubes and wash.
    2. Cover in pot with 1 ½ cups of water.
    3. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 stick of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ginger and a pinch of saffron.
    4.  

      • Boil until tender. (15 minutes)
      • Strain.

      • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in sauté pan and add Sweet Potatoes.
      • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of black raisins, preserved lemons and ground cinnamon.

      • Saute for 4-5 minutes.

      And presto... your Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes with a Moroccan Twist are ready! Can be served hot or cold. 

       

       

      Handmade For Home

      This recipe is just a foundation. Please put yourself into the recipe wherever you sit fit. For example, our founder Katia loves butter and sugar...so she’s known for adding a bit more in than the recipe calls for :) Double the raisins! Cut the butter! This is your recipe, we're just here to get you started. 

       

      Copyright 2016, Chef Casablanca, All Rights Reserved

      November 22, 2016 by Ally Labriola

      Presenting Our Annual Holiday Gift Guide

      At Casablanca Market, we're committed to working with local artisans from around the Mediterranean to bring you the best collection of handmade fine home goods and accessories from the region.

      In a time where most goods are mass-produced or disposable, we believe in investing in products that echo generations of tradition and unique skill. Here at Casablanca Market, we tend to think there is something just a bit more special about a gift that has a story behind it. Chances are, if you are reading this, you’ll agree as well!

      So, without further adieu... we present to you...our top ten picks from our marketplace for your consideration that are sure to make a lasting impression on your friends and family this holiday season. 

       

      1) Moroccan Tasty Treats

      A great gift for loved ones looking to cook up some new flavors in the New Year, head over to our Moroccan Food section in our marketplace. Adding our harissa, olives or preserved lemons to a recipe is sure to spice things up in more ways than one!

       

      2) Pom Pom Pillows & Blankets

      Snuggling up in one of our hand-sewn Moroccan blankets in front of a warm fire is just what everyone needs this holiday season. We’ve also got a great selection of Moroccan pillows to choose from as well. Our wide variety of pillows feature beautiful tones and organic geometric shapes-- making them practical, versatile and an easy way to play with pattern and color. Our top picks for this season goes to our Moroccan Black and White Pom Pom Blanket (pictured here) and Moroccan Embroidered Green Pom Pom Pillow. 

       

      3) Hand Painted Bowls

      This holiday season, treat a loved one to one of our hand painted bowls! Our fav this year goes to our Tapis Design Salad Bowl. Designed by our founder, Katia, this beautiful hand-made bowl takes a contemporary spin on a traditional shape.

      Her inspiration came from her love of stripes and a simple Berber motif she discovered on a vintage Beni-Ourain carpet. The Tapis Design Bowl is perfect for serving up sumptuous salads and impressing your dinner guests over the holidays!

       

      4) Moroccan Leather Poufs

      Planning on a few family gatherings during the holidays? Poufs are a great addition to any room as they can provide extra seating or serve as end tables or foot rests. Poufs look fabulous on their own or in multiples, and compliment any style of decor. This holiday season, might we suggest one of our most popular poufs-- the stylish yet functional Grand Luxury Leather Pouf.

       

      5) Hand Woven Market Baskets

      Perfect to use for shopping trips, picnics, going to the beach, a night out, storing grocery items or using as a holiday gift basket, our market baskets are all one-of-a-kind and hand woven with palm leaves. Our favorite basket right now is our Market Basket with Brown Straps (pictured here). Our market baskets are timeless, sturdy, reusable, 100% biodegradable and hand-woven by women artisans in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

       

      6) Cooking and Serving Tagines

      With the holiday party season fast approaching, why not cook (or serve) your dish in one of our Moroccan tagines this year? For purists, our Unglazed Natural Tagine is the perfect stove top, oven or grill-friendly option to slow-cook up a flavor-filled dish. Once you've cooked in a tagine, you’ll never go back!

       

      7) Moroccan Tea Glasses & Tea Pots

      Charm your tabletops this holiday season with our Moroccan Tea Time Collection. All of our tea glasses are hand-painted and made exclusively with recycled glass--beautiful gifts with a beautiful story.  For vintage lovers, we suggest our Vintage Teapot and Tea Tray. Each hand hammered item boast beautifully intricate designs and a personal touch. Dating back to the 1960’s, each teapot and tray are stamped in the back by their maker in Fez.

       

      8) A Vintage Beni Ourain Rug

      All of our rugs are woven by Berber tribes living much like they did centuries ago. We are proud to say that our marketplace is home to an extensive collection of Vintage Beni Ourain Rugs. While we would love to suggest our favorite, it’s usually best to let the right rug chose you. This holiday season, consider a gift that is truly one of a kind, as no two Beni Ourain rugs are alike!

       

      9) Mr. Ali's Ceramic Mug

      One of our artisans, Mr. Ali, has been making ceramic mugs for over 30 years. His pottery skills were passed down to him from his father. Our favorite product by Mr. Ali is this hexagonal mug. Pair this uniquely designed mug with your favorite coffeeshop gift card, and you’ve got the perfect gift for that coffee or tea lover in your life.

      10) Hand Poured Candles

      Candles and the holidays go hand in hand-- so why not snuggle up this season with our colorful candles. These scented candles are hand-poured with handmade wax into hand-painted tea glasses— it doesn’t get much more “hands on” than that! Our favorite scent this year is our Orange Blossom Scent Tea Glass Candles. These perfect stocking stuffers are ideal for a relaxing night, a family gathering or a romantic candle-lit dinner.

       

        

      Why buy from Casablanca Market?

      Products from Casablanca Market are all beautiful, yet practical. Although they are handmade, they are by no means inferior in quality to others. Every product is made using traditional methods, but adapted to suit the modern market.


      For example, our woven pillows, which are traditionally made with wool in Morocco, are made with cotton to be more gentle against the skin. Color schemes also range from vibrant, traditional palettes to more muted, neutral colors to compliment any style of home.


      Most importantly, every product has a story behind it. By keeping our production in Morocco, our hardworking artisans are able to simultaneously preserve their Moroccan artistic heritage and earn a living from their world-class skills.


      For more about our mission, please visit www.casablancamarket.com/pages/about-us

      November 14, 2016 by Ally Labriola

      Authentic Spanish Seafood Paella

      Serves 4

      Ingredients

      Preparation

      • Heat oil in pan and sauté garlic until golden but not burned.
      • Add tomatoes, ”Tomate Frito” peas, shrimp and saffron.
      • Cook for a few minutes.
      • Add Bamba rice, stir well, cook 2 minutes, and then add stock, green peas, and 2 TSP of ”paella seasoning” .
      • Simmer for about 20 minutes.
      • Decorate with seafood a few minutes before rice is cooked.
      • 3-6 ”Piquillo Peppers” (sliced into strips) plus a few strips to use as garnish.
      • Cover paella with lid to poach seafood.
      • Stand for 8 minutes before serving.

      Enjoy your paella!

      May 20, 2016 by Katia Essyad

      Pass it on...

      As plastic bag tax slowly walks into more and more states, bringing a spare recycling bag with me becomes part of my everyday routine. However, these thin and cheaply-made fabric bags have such short lifespan that they just have to break whenever there are too much for me to carry around my arms! I really enjoy shopping with these straw baskets (like this one here), especially in the summer, matching these baskets with my sun-protective straw hat!


      What makes me even more excited is that these baskets are made by the hands of woman artisans living countries away from mine. Knowing that every basket they make is a way for them to gain dignity in their society, I am proud to be supporting them! These baskets are passed from their hands to mine, and now they can be passed to yours too.

       BROWSE OUR EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF MARKET BASKETS BY CLICKING HERE 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      March 28, 2016 by Helen Chan