Saturday, December 6, 2014

To buy or not to buy a tagine, in Fes, Morocco?


This is the tagine I bought in Fes.
I haven't opened my luggage yet,
but I sure hope it made it in one piece.

Last month in Morocco, living a Travelife, I took our group of Travelife Magazine readers and friends to a crafts gallery and shop in the outskirts of Fes to see how the traditional decorative pottery is made.


This was actually my second time in this shop, as I'd first been there in June, on holiday in Morocco.

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A RED PITCHER
TO REMIND ME OF 
MY MOROCCAN HOLIDAY

On that first visit, I bought a lovely red decorative pitcher which I couldn't make my mind up about for the longest time.

An artisan at work on a bowl
in Fes, Morocco

It wasn't that I didn't like it; I loved it. But I was worried about how I was going to stuff it in my suitcase and take it home.

But I ended up buying it after all, after some haggling, and I'm so happy I did so.

This was my pitcher,
while I was still thinking about it
in the artisan workshop in Fes

Each time I see that pitcher, which is on top of the bar in my living room, I remember that happy two-week holiday in Morocco last June, living a Travelife.


This photo was taken at the beautiful Four Seasons Marrakech last June,
just before we stepped out to dinner at Crystal,
one of Marrakech's fanciest dining venues.

A TAGINE TO REMIND ME
OF A TRAVELIFE

On this second trip to this crafts workshop, with our group of Travelife Magazine readers and friends, I found a beautiful tagine.

It's not for cooking but it's for serving the food afterwards.

It was love at first sight, and I was instantly imagining how much more tasty everything would seem, when served in such a beautiful tagine.

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A COOKING INSPIRATION

My new tagine will certainly inspire me
to cook more Moroccan food


It inspired me to make more tagine and couscous as well, as I love to cook when I have time. 

My Le Creuset tagine

I use a Le Creuset tagine for actual cooking, and this is also where I used to serve my tagine and couscous.

But, I thought that if I bought this decorative tagine, I could now serve my tagine and couscous in something way more festive.

The tagine was very heavy as well, and this added to my worries.

STUFFED IN A SUITCASE

This was my other choice for a tagine.
But the other colour scheme works better for me.

But anyhow I bought it and tried to stuff it properly in my suitcase for the long trip home along with other things like two lamps, two large plates and the Travel Companion's teapot.

And a boxload of other breakable stuff.


I don't know how everything fit but somehow they did.

I packed everything up on my last night in Morocco, after returning so late from a long and fun farewell dinner, and I was half-asleep when I was putting all my packages into luggages and boxes.

My luggages were all completely full, and held together with plastic wrap (that wrapping service for baggage that they offer in some airports) and all my fingers crossed.

Miraculously everything made it through the long trip home with not a single chip or crack.


But each time I use this lovely tagine, I'll certainly remember so many happy moments. 

Yes, we had a wonderful trip to Morocco last month, with a truly wonderful group of Travelife Magazine readers and friends, full of laughter and Instagram posts, with everyone living a Travelife. 





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