Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pomegranate Chicken Tagine

I am feeling fairly uninspired blog-wise. True, I have not been completely consumed with cooking and eating as I had been during the height of the produce season, but it is not as if I have fasted.

Instead, I am feeling uncertain about the future of the blog. Doesn’t that sound a little like a verbal rain cloud? I don’t mean there is a threatened foreclosure. You see, I started this as a way to write everyday; not that everyday’s writing was good this year… But, now I wonder if this blog is about writing. I know that many bloggers are part of a niche, but I don’t know if I have one or am in one. But, of course, we all seem to fall in with a crowd eventually. While I am not part of a tight-network, I do have my regular readers (thanks, Mom).

So here is my question: Like the writing? Wish there was less? Wish there was more? Shut up and give me the recipes? Notice the poll to the right and fill in accordingly

And, on to the business at hand. There is a POM of the curvy bottled juice notoriety contest for the Foodie Blogroll and like everyone, $5000 would be nice. This recipe is super easy and a crowd pleaser.

Pomegranate Chicken Tagine

Marinate 1 Chicken breast with the following dry rub
1 T cumin
2 t cinnamon
1 T turmeric
1 t chili pepper

In a tagine or heavy bottomed pot, brown the chicken

Add 3 small onions that have been sliced

Once onions have browned, add:
1 cup POM pomegranate juice (product placement wink here)
1 acorn squash, diced
2 carrots, diced very large

Simmer until chicken is tender

Top with pomegranate seeds

Serve with Yellow Raisin, Pomegranate Seed, Almond Couscous


Anonymous said...

it sounds as though you are experiencing some sort of metaphysical crisis.

please continue writing as it inspires me to cook one day and it is also the most beautiful form of procrastination.

love you.

Peter M said...

You're doing just fine...just keep writing, say what's on your mind, cook what you feel like cooking and you'll find your spot.

My only suggestion is get more personal with us...more that just "maybelle's mom"...tell us about you!

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea, very creative. I love pomegranates, and pomegranate matches very well with all these spices.

pam said...

Hey, I read you regularly! I love your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Well, I didn't vote because my option isn't listed: I like it the way it is. I know I am a terrible commenter, but I am very good reader. I'm always inspired by your food, and when there is writing I enjoy that too.

Sophie said...

I know what you mean about feeling like there are certain 'niche' groups in the blogging community. I honestly don't feel I've ever fit into one either, which isn't surprising because I've never been into high school cliques or anything like that before :P. It's funny you post this because I have actually been experiencing similar feelings; I'm wondering if I should write less and just give out recipes...then I decided that I love to write about different experiences and enjoy keeping an online journal, I shouldn't feel like I can't write about the more personal stuff because, in the end, it is MY blog. I realize I probably won't get as many readers as the more 'popular' bloggers, but I'm comfortable with that. I think you should do what makes YOU happy, but I enjoy reading blogs with a 'personal' feel to them :). Hope that helps. Have a lovely weekend!

test it comm said...

I like the sound of a chicken and squash tagine and those pomegranate seeds look really good in it.

I like the writing.

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eatingclubvancouver_js said...

Darn it, I'm sooo late with my blog-reading.

But my vote is, more writing. Although I know sometimes that can take a lot out of a person.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Very tempting :)
Listed it in my to try recipes in pomegranate post today...

Have a great weekend, Margot