Holiday Tagine

Last night I created a kind of Asian/Indian/New England fusion tagine. Perfect for a raw New England day-before-Thanksgiving. I think this recipe would be great throughout the holidays, it’s spicy, easy to prepare and offers a nice respite from the traditional American triad of bird, potatoes, biscuits. The secret ingredient is cranberries. It’s a seriously delicious dish, the spicy to sour to sweet ratio is perfect and could probably be made with leftover turkey, or eliminate the meat and add chic peas for a vegetarian version.

Holiday Tagine

Marinate two chicken breasts (more depending on the mouths to feed), chopped into large chunks overnight or through the day in:

  • 2 Tbsp each Ume plum vinegar and Rice vinegar
  • Juice of two lemons, well squeezed
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup spicy Szechuan sauce/marinade
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp curry powder

Saute 1 onion, two stalks of celery, 1/2 cup split fresh cranberries and 1 medium sweet potato (finely diced) in oil until tender, add marinated chicken mixture and zest of 1/2 lemon. Allow the liquid to cook down into a potent sauce, or make a thick mixture of 1 tbsp flour in a few tbsp of water and add to the mix to form a thin gravy consistency. Adjust to taste. I like a nice sour bite with a little sweetness, so add more lemon or maple to balance.

Serve over jasmine or basmati rice.

Happy Holidays

Spring Publication Date Set

Publication for my first collection Church of Needles has been moved up to spring 2014. I’ll post a sneak peek of the cover in the coming weeks. Review copies will be available in January, any interested journals can email me and request a copy or contact Red Mountain Press. All others can preorder through the Red Mountain Press website and the book will be mailed hot off the presses. Purchasing is through Paypal, super easy!

Itty Bitty House Project

Not poetry-related, but the inspiring story of a friend who’s trying to settle down with her two daughters after years of renting, house-sitting and general vagabonding. She’s a smart, creative  woman whose been making a go of it as a single mom for 13 years, putting herself through college in that time and now homeschooling her two girls. Although she’s relying on the kindness, and expertise, of strangers, this is a woman with a plan. Check out her story:  Itty Bitty house project