French Fridays with Dorie: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes & Prunes

You can tell that I wasn’t feeling too hot when I made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes & Prunes, p 212). When I came to look at the pictures last night I was like “Oh my – a big old bowl of stew. Unattractively plated.” No, it was not plated with my usual care and thought. I made this ages ago, just after I had my root canal surgery and it was the first thing I cooked. It’s an easy dish (and one that does not require much chewing!) and one that makes the house smell amazing – comfort in a bowl which is totally what I needed that weekend!

A little bit sweet, a little bit savoury, this tagine is the perfect chilly evening dish. It’s pretty easy (people recovering from general anesthetics can even make this!) and with just a little bit of effort, it fills the house with fabulous aromas reminiscent of Morocco. I’ll be making this again this winter. In fact, perhaps it’s the perfect dish to enjoy on the porch as we dole out Hallowe’en candies next Wednesday!

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28 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes & Prunes

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 26, 2012 at 06:25 #

    This is not the ideal thing to plate, I agree, but boy was it good! Wonder how you managed to eat it right after you dentist´s visit. It looks wonderful anyway! Have a great weekend Mardi!

    • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) October 26, 2012 at 06:27 #

      It was actually very very soft (the chicken was tender and so was the sweet potato). A perfect “real meal” after a couple of days of soups and smoothies.

  2. Everything French October 26, 2012 at 07:36 #

    Yum!!! I will have to make this. Will be home from France soon and I have some preserved lemons waiting for me to use.


  3. Cher October 26, 2012 at 08:08 #

    Yeah, I think everyone had to earn their keep trying to make this one attractive… I think your pain induced efforts are rather lovely 🙂

    I remember when The Dude had his root canal done a couple of years ago. We had a snow storm that day and he decided to go out and snowblow the driveway within a few hours of having his teeth out. And THEN, he ordered chicken parm take out that same night. And didn’t understand why he had all sorts of problems the next few days after all that. Man, I have my hands full with that one…

  4. Ann Mah October 26, 2012 at 12:00 #

    I think comfort food is often hard to photograph — it’s often brown or earth-toned, oddly. Mac and cheese, beef stew, meatloaf — none of it is very photogenic! That being said, this stew still looks cozy and warming. Hope you’re healing well, Mardi!

  5. Denise October 26, 2012 at 13:04 #

    I think it looks delicious. I love chicken with prunes and it looks like you added squash – which would be perfect with this dish. Happy weekend!

  6. Rose October 26, 2012 at 14:11 #

    Well, your pictures look better than mine. It was pretty late by the time I got this to the table and my husband was starving and not about to put up with my picture taking delays. In fact, since it’s getting dark out so early now I’m having a much harder time getting decent pictures of any of the recipes. Oh well. At least the food is still tasty.

    • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) October 26, 2012 at 21:12 #

      Rose I never take pictures at meal times. I always save some for the following day. Generally I make about 6 dishes on the weekends and do all my shooting then. No more interrupted mealtimes!

  7. Diane Balch October 26, 2012 at 21:23 #

    I was LOL… I am beyond impressed that you made this after general anesthetics and tooth work. I had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled and I don’t think I had more than a smoothie after that… A testament to what an incredible cook you must be regularly if you could pull this off.

  8. Adriana October 27, 2012 at 06:45 #

    This is the perfect hot and substantial meal to come back to ‘real food’ for.

    I like your approach to cooking and picture taking, Mardi. I’ve come to rely too much on Aperture’s white balance editing features to cut out some of the artificial light from taking pictures at the time of cooking.

    How I wish I were a Canadian reader! I might have to spring up for the Bouchon book even though I’m more of a cook than a baker.

  9. Maggie October 27, 2012 at 10:00 #

    I think your pictures still look great – it was kind of a hard one to photograph!

  10. Liz October 27, 2012 at 10:29 #

    I have trouble getting decent dinner photos…the light is bad, the family is hungry, so I hurry. A root canal is a legitimate excuse…though your photos have got me reconsidering whether I should try this…I just may!

    • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) October 27, 2012 at 10:37 #

      As I said, I never take my pics of the food at the time I am eating or serving. I’ve learned to make an extra portion (leftovers yay!) for the following day or whenever the light is better.

  11. Alice October 27, 2012 at 18:18 #

    I still think your photo does it justice 🙂 we all have off days sometimes! will you have time to eat at all while passing out Halloween candy???

    • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) November 11, 2012 at 08:14 #

      Well it wasn’t so much an off day but a very hard to photograph dish! And yes, we always sit out on our porch and eat as we dole out the candy!

  12. Margaret October 27, 2012 at 19:37 #

    This was not a very photogenic dish. That being said, it looks tasty.

  13. Betsy October 28, 2012 at 21:29 #

    It still looks great. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the camera could capture the aroma too? And share it in your blog? Have a good Halloween. I always stock up on candy, but, sadly, even though I live on a main street, parents consider it a bit too busy and we don’t get much traffic. I si love when we get trick-or-treaters.

  14. Mary Hirsch October 29, 2012 at 22:07 #

    What’s wrong with your plating of the chicken tagine? Nothing, it’s lovely, especially with those big old prunes showing so prominently. I love prunes and they get a bad rap so anytime they are front and center in a picture, WooHoo. Glad we have denists to perform their wonders but sure don’t like sitting in their chairs. At least it’s over and I suspect, with a good result. Loved this tagine and, like you, I will make it again.

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