One of the great benefits of having had sick children for countless* weeks is that we’ve managed to get through our frozen “emergency meals”. In a recent post I reflected on who I was before I had children – I certainly wasn’t a person that fretted if there wasn’t a meal ready to go in the freezer. These days I like to know that there are plenty of meals on hand – ready in waiting for the afternoon from hell or when cuddles on the couch are needed or for those evenings when I’m just past it all and can’t be bothered. I usually freeze meals that can be easily zapped in the microwave and then served with some freshly cooked rice. In our effort to replenish frozen supplies (which frankly won’t take long because we don’t have a particularly large freezer compartment as part of our fridge) we’ve been making some new meals and freezing the left-overs.
Last night my partner cooked cauliflower, fennel and pea tajine. I can’t remember the last time we ate fennel – it has been too long. Apparently fennel contains properties that act as phytoestrogens:
Evidence is accruing that phytoestrogens may have protective action against diverse health disorders, such as prostate, breast, bowel, and other cancers, cardiovascular disease, brain function disorders and osteoporosis though there is no evidence to support their use in alleviating the symptoms of menopause. (from Wikipedia)
The aromas as the tajine cooked were divine and it tasted scrumptious. A really good hearty winter meal – which is rather odd considering that the dish originated in North Africa.
We ate the tajine with couscous. I don’t think I would serve it with couscous again as since there are lots of new potatoes it is already rather heavy. Also the dish isn’t particularly saucy so the couscous doesn’t get a chance to soak up yummy juices and as such was a bit dry for my liking. To my mind I think the tajine would be fine to eat on its own. Delicious.
I’ve uploaded the recipe in PDF format so that it is easy to print out or save if you want to have a go at making this tajine yourself.
* such a lie!!! I am counting everyone of these sickly weeks – to date ten in all.