Tips: Wait to remove the skin after finished cooking. Also do not use boneless. The skin and marrow is very important for the flavor. The olives are also essential to the flavor. Do not put too many or it will over power the dish. Saffron should also be used sparingly. First of all it is the most expensive spice in the world and worth more it’s weight than gold is. A pinch goes a very long way.
Also this dish is made in a Tagine pot. These pots are native to Morocco. I have tried many times to bring one home, but it is always broken on the journey. They are made from ceramic and work best on range top/fire cookers. It Tagine pot does not work as well if you have an electric or glass top stove. A good ceramic pan works great though.
Faces of the World: Tunisia
Our faces Tunisian faces are Actor Dhafer Labidine and Model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem.
Tunisia is a Maghrebi African country. The country is almost entirely Moor (Arab and Berber) ethnically and the official religion is Islam. Tunisia was once a French colony and they gained their independence in 1956.
Faces of the World: Mauritania
Our Mauritanian faces are Bedouin Arab-Berber man named Omar, and Haratin Girl named Zenib.
Mauritania is a Maghrebi African country and home to , several ethnic groups. Until very recently, many practice what is called Leblouh. It is when girls as young as 5 years old are force fed a high fat diet as much as 16,000 calories a day in order to fatten them up. Obesity was a sign of wealth and attractiveness, so mothers inflicted this upon their daughters as a way to make good marriages for them. With exposure to Western Culture (Cultural Diffusion), younger generations of men disapprove of this practice. Also, most Mauritanians have now become aware of the harm this does to their girls health and well being.
There are many human rights issues in Mauritania at this time. Slavery still exists and discrimination against Black Africans and women, as well as child labor violations. The official religion in Mauritania is Islam and there are 7 distinct ethnic groups in Mauritania. The Berber and Arab ethnicties (Moors) make up the caucasian majority. Then there is also the mixed Haratin people. The black African ethnic groups include the Tukulor, Sarakole, Fulani, Wolof, and the Bambara. Mauritania was also once a French colony and they gained their independence in 1960.