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Richard Hughes of­fers up a top tagine

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ALL THE in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in my house – the fe­male half – are veg­e­tar­ian. My cus­tomers are al­ways amazed at this, but it’s ob­vi­ously a sign that I mar­ried for love and not for my sup­per! With all of the house­hold work­ing, meals can be a some­what dis­jointed af­fair. I tend to have my main meal, in­deed of­ten my only meal, at around 9pm when I get home from a day in my work­ing kitchen. My wife never misses break­fast, im­pres­sively eaten at the din­ing room ta­ble while study­ing one of our col­lec­tion of cook­ery books, though I think she en­joys the si­lence as much as her peanut but­ter on toast as she rises a good two hours be­fore any­one else. We tend not to cook dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent peo­ple so the ‘no meat Mon­day’ of­ten ex­tends to the rest of the week. Septem­ber is still a great month for all sorts of veg­eta­bles and this Moroc­can-in­flu­enced stew can be adapted to what­ever you have in the cup­board, what’s on the mar­ket or what is left from the fi­nal flour­ish from your gar­den. Make plenty, as it ac­tu­ally tastes bet­ter the day af­ter cook­ing. I prom­ise you, this hearty dish will con­vert even the most ar­dent car­ni­vore. It’s a proper au­tum­nal dish that will warm you as the nights start to draw in, but evoke mem­o­ries of sun­nier climes with it’s aro­mas of spice, honey and or­ange. Who knows, it might even re­place your stew and dumplings!Š

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