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بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
۞ Maharban Bikoum - Welcome - Bienvenue ۞
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My name is Henia - the voice behind this here blog. I hope you enjoy your time here. 
I was born in Hungary, but I've been blessed to have had lived and had lots of adventures around the world. I married an Algerian boy, and now I reside in the traditional and beautifully lush coastal Tell of northern Algeria, while raising my brood of two three four five children as multilingual Global Citizens. J



Other than being the wife, mama and the keeper of the home,  I'm a sunset watcher, fanatical history aficionado, a life learner and urban homesteader in-the-making. I love to travel, collect jars, read any book I can get my hands on and find DIY hacks to make my life easier. I also find happiness by taking pictures of stuff, exploring the world with my children and making people that I love happy through FOOD. 

I'm inspired through God's natural blessings, simple & natural halal living, the azure blue sea, megalithica ancient ruins,  twisted time-worn olive trees and the tranquil Mediterranean flow ...     THE TEAL TADJINE is my place to place to fulfill a passion for the blessings of this life: real good food, tradition and family.


A tadjine (also spelled tagine or tajine) pronounced  "tay - jean" (tæˈʒiːn) is a traditional North African clay pot with the peaked lid but also the slow-cooked fragant stew that is cooked in it. Almost every every evolved culture has a sort of clay container in which to cook food slowly and directly in a wood fire. It connects us to our traditions, to the time of simplicity and to our past. And the color teal symbolizes happiness, intuition, tranquility,  connection, creavity, self-reliance, generousity, love and balance. Everything we have envisioned for our hijrah. It's also a color that invites one to reflect on one's relationship with the rest of the world. It's a beautiful yet classic color palette for the Mediterranean, specifically , Algeria, Tunisia and Greece
With these two elements combined the The Teal Tadjine was born.

This space is effort to connect with my adopted homeland Algeria, yet still continue to honor my heritage. It’s also an inspirational starting point from where to create new family traditions with my bi-cultural family. The kitchen is the center part of my home - the gathering place. It's a place to instill values, ilm (knowledge), idiosyncrasies and acts of righteousness that my religion, Islam envisions. My children are always right in there helping me. 


Touching food is a way of passing barakah (blessings). It has a spiritual and healing demension. It promotes emotional and spiritual balance. Food preparation is a process. It takes time. It requires participation. There are no instantaneous results. You have to plan meals. Shop. Tote the groceries back home, unpack them and then set aside time to cook them. You engage with the food you eat. And I don’t think it’s going too far to say, you develop a relationship with food and the blessings which God has bestowed upon you. For me, it's a healing process that makes me human, wholesome, confidant and even more mindful of my blessings.




Just to note:
 My site The Teal Tadjine is an independent food blog - no afflication with any company or products. And you won't find any advertising of products unless I use and highly recommend them myself. My site centers itself on simple yet careful from scratch home-cooking that uses what is halal, tayibb and abundantly local. But I try to make recipes that anyone, anywhere can make. All the recipes here are uncomplicatedsimpleeasy-to-preparefamily-friendly, dishes that require no advanced techniques or fancy gadgets and that are accessible to home cooks, just like me. I love healthifying recipes and adding a North African flair to our international favorites. 


We are also a Muslim family who follow the traditional Islamic
dietary standard of eating halal (meaning permissible) foods and beverages. Everything on my blog is a halal, so that means I don't present dishes which are considered haraam (forbidden) in the Islamic diet such as pork, intoxicating food/drink, (pork based) gelatine, emulsifiers and some others not allowed. But it also means I do not present any material that may be offensive! There are many dishes where commonly would contain forbidden ingredients, where I subsitute ingredients to suit my tastes! And in efforts to live my faith, I try to revive the Sunnah by implementing as many of the foods, habits and traditions of our Prophet Mohammed (عليه السلام).

To promote the Sunnah of eating we have naturally transitioned into flexitarianism, opting for a mostly plant-based diet, the occasional halal grass-fed meat, locally caught fish, natural sweeteners, ancient whole grains, and  local and in-season fruits and vegetables our Prophet Mohammed (عليه السلام) used to enjoy. I think everyone can benefit from incorporating more Sunnah practices into their daily lives, and that’s a message I love to promote. I try our best to limit most processed and packaged ingredients. That doesn't mean I don't occasionally make cakesbreads or other treats. But I don't prepare dishes that come from boxes or any heat-n-serve packaging. Just food worth buying, cooking, eating and sharing!


essence of hospitality



In Algeria as in multiple of other countries, the word " hospitality " is not only a word. It is a mentality. It's is one of the cornerstones of the Algerian way of life. Guests are admirably received in any area of the country. In fact, when meals are prepared they prepared always with the tired traveller and the unexcepted guest in mind.

You, all my dear readers are God's Guests," so you deserve to be welcomed in the best manner. I appreciate each one of you. Thank you for taking the time to be here, make the recipes, be apart of the process, leaving feedback and also our conversations on Facebook. I read every single comment and do my best to respond in a timely manner. 

If you liked or benefited from any part of this site,  please tell your friends and pass on the LINK. Also consider commenting and letting me know what you think. Your comments really encourage me and make smile. And don't forget to remember me in your prayers/duas!


Oh, and if you have any questions, concerns or just want to say hi, just contact me FACEBOOK, or EMAIL! I’d love to hear from you.





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