Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine

Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine

Let's get fruity!


My tagine I mean, no funny business. Aubergine, sweet potato and Metis® are the base of this spiced Moroccan stew, which is served on a base of fluffy couscous.

A feast for a king or at least an everyday mum, dad and small boy. And talking about that small boy. He was hanging about while I took photos desperate to get stuck in. He loved it! This is a day to remember. He didn't flinch when I said it had aubergine in it and he didn't poke at it suspiciously as he often does when I present him with a new dish. He ate it and said it was yummy! He ate it all!

*dances round the room whooping*





Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine


It tastes as good as it looks. It has a spicy warmth, but also a sweetness from the apricot jam I added and the Metis®.

What is Metis®?



Metis® is a new fruit which is a natural blend of a plum with a little bit of apricot.
Metis® is a new fruit which is a natural blend of a plum with a little bit of apricot. I know, what a brilliant mix! It's just as juicy as a traditional plum, well actually juicier than any plums I've had for years and it has a slightly crisper skin and  firm flesh.

These gorgeous orbs of deliciousness aren't made in a laboratory, they are cross-pollination by bees between selected apricot pollen and plum blooms.

There are four different types of Metis® and they are available in Tesco now! Stock up on as many as you can. They are seriously good. The one to your right was my first. The juice dripped while I ate it like the juicest peach. It was a messy business but sweet and utterly delicious!




Metis® Aroma

Metis® is a new fruit which is a natural blend of a plum with a little bit of apricot.


Aroma - a juicy Metis® that a full flavour experience with a distinctive taste and strong, delicious aroma.



Metis® Oxy


Metis® is a new fruit which is a natural blend of a plum with a little bit of apricot.


Oxy - just look at that deep jewel-like colour. It's rich in antioxidants and has crunchy bite and juicy taste.



Metis® Tonic


Metis® is a new fruit which is a natural blend of a plum with a little bit of apricot.

Tonic - sun-drenched summers give this late August-ripening plum extra goodness with a soft, juicy bite.


Metis® Safari

Metis® is a new fruit which is a natural blend of a plum with a little bit of apricot.


Safari - a firm skin and crunchy bite develops to a deliciously sweet taste, making it a hit with children and adults alike.



Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine



The base of this sauce was tomato, but I spiced it with harissa paste, cumin, cinnamon and ginger and added some sweetness to the spice with some apricot jam.

I served the tagine on couscous, which I add a stock cube to for extra flavour. I crumble the stock cube over the couscous in a bowl and cover with boiling water. I give it a mix then leave it to do its stuff. When I'm ready to serve it I fluff it up with a fork.

I love couscous but Graham can't be persuaded. He ate his tagine with couscous, but I could tell he would much rather have it with rice. He mixed it together into a big moosh. If that doesn't say I am disguising this couscous I don't like, I don't know what does.

Do try the tagine though. I think you'll like it. Sweet, hearty with a warm spice flavour.


Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine




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VAubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine
Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis® Tagine
A Moroccan style Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis® Tagine served on a bed of fluffy couscous.

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Metis®, stoned and chopped.
  • 1 medium aubergine, chopped
  • 200ml/a scant cup vegetable stock
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • a good grinding of salt and pepper
Instructions

1. In a large pan, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the sweet potato and cook it gently for a few minutes to get it started.2. Add the jam, harissa and ground spices and mix well. It should smell heavenly.3. Add the Metis®, aubergine, stock, tomatoes and tomato puree and stir well. Leave to cook gently for 20-25 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the potatoes are soft.4. Season with salt and pepper.5. Serve with freshly cooked couscous and finish with a scattering of fresh coriander. 6. Enjoy!.

Details

Total time:
Yield: serves 3-4




Disclosure: I created this post for the Metis® brand. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

16 comments

  1. This looks so yummy! I would love to make it for dinner. Pinning for later.

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  2. Wow! This looks great! I love the combination of spices and the sweetness of the apricots! Will surely cook this for my friends for our next reunion! Thanks for sharing! :D :D :D

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    1. I hope you all enjoy it. It's definitely an easy one to scale up and you can afford to make it a little more spicy too.

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  3. Oh those plums look good. I am going to see if I can pick some up tomorrow. I love the look of the tagine too. I think I would prefer it with rice like your husband. Pam

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    1. Oh no, don't side with him Pam. Try the couscous!

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  4. Running to look for those Metis in Tesco tomorrow! I need to try them. The tagine looks so good, full of flavour. Your cous cous is so fluffy too.

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    1. Haha, yes do. The tonic were my favourite, so juicy and sweet.

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  5. I have never heard of Metis before! Those look and sound so interesting. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for them. Can't wait to try one!

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    1. Yes they are pretty new to the UK, do look out for them.

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  6. I think we call these guys Pluots here, but they're so good. And what! You put them in a stew?? This dish reminds me of a Moroccan lamb stew I made a couple months ago with dried apricot in it. Yummy!

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    1. Yes, I think those manipulated by hand have a different name. The bees are the scientists with these beauties.

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  7. That sounds delicious! I haven't heard of Metis, but we have made our own jam with a mixture of apricot and plum, and that was a fab flavour combination, so I can imagine a fruit with that combo built in would be super tasty.

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  8. This dish sounds gorgeous, and I really like the addition of the plums and jam - I love sweet and spicy food! I've tried these new plums and find them really delicious:)

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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