This is one of those dishes that resulted from a bit of
an experiment with what I happened to have to hand, but I was delighted with
how it turned out – sweet, smoky, and packing a bit of a punch with the spices.
If you’ve got an actual tagine, then of course use that, but if not, don’t be
put off – you can easily just simmer this in the saucepan to get a similar
About half a pint of chicken stock
2 tbsp of Rossini’s BerBere spice mix, OR a pinch each of
cumin, coriander, turmeric, and ginger, and a tsp of chillies
Natural yoghurt, to serve
First of all, cut the pork steaks into bite-sized chunks
and dice the onion finely. Pop both into a saucepan with a splash of oil and
the spices and give it a stir to coat the meat, then turn the heat to medium
and leave it to sizzle for a moment. In the meantime, deseed the peppers and
cut into narrow strips, then stone and carefully peel the nectarine – there’s
nothing wrong with the skin of course, but it’ll be a bit chewy in the final dish,
so it’s best to carefully slice it off with a sharp knife. Chop the fruit
roughly, then once the meat has browned and the onions are starting to soften,
add the peppers and nectarine to the pan. Pour in the red wine and let it
sizzle away, stirring all the while.
Once the red wine has mostly disappeared, leaving just a
lovely essence behind, pour in the stock and get it bubbling. Season well.
Then, if you’re using a tagine, transfer the mixture to it and place on a low
heat for about forty minutes. If you’re not using a tagine, pop the saucepan
lid on and leave on a low heat for the same amount of time.
When the timer goes, give the tagine a stir and have a
taste to check nothing’s missing. Prepare the couscous according to the
instructions on the packet, then drizzle with a little olive oil and season
with salt and pepper. Serve up a couple of generous fluffy spoonfuls, top with
the fragrant tagine and tuck in with a little natural yoghurt to counter the
heat from the spices.