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For whatever reason, I have always been drawn to Moroccan spices and that flavour profile. I'm French-Canadian and have no connection to that part of the world as far as I'm aware, but I just love it! Cumin, cinammon, pine nuts, couscous...all right up my alley. This is one of my favourite things to cook and eat. Slow cooked, melt in the mouth beef, serve up with fresh cilantro, toasted pita chips and tzatziki...yum!

Here's what you'll need

  • 2 pound beef roast
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 head garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots (grated)
  • 2 chillies
  • 1 tsp whole cumin
  • 1 tsp whole coriander
  • 1 tsp whole mustard seed
  • 1 tsp whole fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 large tomatoes (diced, keeping any juices)
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup tzatziki (click here for recipe)
  • ½ cup tzatziki (click here for recipe)
  • 2 cups cooked couscous
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • a good handful of fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. cut the beef into large pieces

  2. season, flour and brown in batches in a deep stew pot, remove and set aside

  3. toast whole spices in a dry sautee panand grind in a pestle and mortar and add to the pot with the turmeric and cinnamon

  4. add onion, chillies, grated carrots and garlic until deep brown and fragrant (about 6 - 8 minutes)

  5. add the beef back in and toss in the tomatoes and chicken stock

  6. simmer for at least 2'll know it's ready when you can break the meat apart easily with just a fork

  7. meanwhile, get your couscous, pine nuts and tzatziki ready

  8. serve up with toasted pita chips, toasted pine nuts, fresh cilantro, and tzatziki...dig in!

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