Archive for September, 2009

Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking by Paula Wolfert

09/28/2009

Paula has been good to us. She is an avid lover of clay pot cooking and a collector of clay pots. She never hesitates to recommend our tagines. We are happy, in our small way, to help promote her new book: Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking: Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share.

Paula, self-described as “the clay pot junkie” has collected clay pots throughout all of her life. In this book, she reveals the ins and outs of clay pot cooking and shares 150 recipes from around the Mediterranean.

Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share

Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share

Check out the latest San Francisco Magazine feature on Paula Wolfert!

Job well done Paula!
 

Hospitality Design Show

09/15/2009

We have just concluded a successful trade event at the HD Boutique show in Miami Beach. It is the destination show for hospitality and contract buyers as well as designers seeking the latest in design for hotels and resorts. The attendance was optimistically a great sign of a recovering economy. Thanks to all that have come by our booth!

Moroccan Mint Tea (Atay)

09/09/2009

Moroccan mint tea is served before and after meals. It is both sweet and refreshing. In traditional Moroccan culture, it is usually prepared by the elder men of the family. There is no one way to make mint tea as it is very subjective. The best tea maker of the family is guaranteed to always be invited and honored.  The following recipe is based on my late grandfather’s way of preparing tea.

INGREDIENTS
– 4 to 5 cups of water
– 1 x large bunch of fresh Spearmint (peppermint will not do)
– 1 tbsp of green tea (Gun Powder Tea is preferred and you can find it in oriental/chinese stores)
– 4 to 5 table spoons of sugar

PREP
Set the water to a full boil. Place the green tea in the teapot. Add 1/4 cup of boiling water, let it sit for 1/2 minute and then pour it out. This allows the tea leaves to open completely.

Add all of the rinsed mint inside the teapot, then add 4-5 tbsp of sugar (to taste). Top with  boiling hot water and let it boil for 2 minutes. Take off stove top and let it sit for another minute.

Pour 1 full glass of hot mint tea and pour it back into the teapot. Repeat this twice. This allows for the sugar to mix without breaking any mint leaves (breaking of mint leaves while mixing with a spoon makes tea a bit bitter).

Photo Courtesy of HostesswiththeMostess.com

Photo Courtesy of HostesswiththeMostess.com

You are now ready to serve Moroccan hot mint tea, preferably with cookies. Hold the teapot a little high from the glass so that the tea foams as it is poured into the tea glasses. This is called the “Tea Turbin”. It is only tradition and it is believed that the larger the turbin the better the tea.

It is optional to add two drops of orange blossom water as it is added only during ceremonial gatherings.

Enjoy!
 
Although it is not necessary, if seeking the full authentic experience, you can find find Moroccan tea pots and beautiful colorful Moroccan tea glasses at Berber Trading Company.

Hospitality Design Show – Miami Beach

09/08/2009

This coming week, we are exhibiting at the Hospitality Design Show in Miami Beach, September 14-15, 09. Our booth is located in Hall C #1154. Please come by and introduce yourself. 

Hospitality Design Trade Show - Miami Beach FL

HD Boutique differentiates itself from any other tradeshow you’ve seen with its distinct style and unique venue, creating a more personal event where you can build new relationships and discover the newest products.

Tagines.com just got a facelift!

09/07/2009

We have just redesigned our tagines.com website and updated our logo, to reflect a more crisp and easy to navigate approach. We would appreciate your comments.

Our Tagines Just Landed at Caliza Pool!

09/03/2009

Coastal Living magazine Goes Moroccan!

Moroccan Cooking

Moroccan Cooking

Join Peggy Markel on September 6, 09 at Caliza Pool as she demonstrates the art of Moroccan cooking. Peggy Markel has become known as a “food guide extraordinaire” (Food and Wine, 2008). Her Adventures “bring visitors directly into places it would take the lone traveler quite some time to discover, if ever.” (More, 2008).

Food editor Julia Rutland will also be heading to Studio B. for a photo shoot with Peggy Markel.

Classes run September 5–6, 2009, so to meet Julia on the sunny Florida Gulf coast and cook with Peggy, register now at Studio B!

Taste of Morocco with Peggy Markel at Caliza Pool!