Shabby Food Stylings of a Single Mom

Yesterday was a blur...Sophie's first day of 7th grade (!), unpacking from trip, laundry, laundry, laundry, opening stacks of mail, scheduling carpet cleaning, pest control, spin bike repair, orthodontist appointment, vacuuming giant tumbleweeds of cat hair....and dinner, crap!  I have no excuse for not cooking a nice meal for my 7th grader.  Ian is back in D.C., and it is sad and overwhelming to be a geographical single parent even if your kid is the easiest.

Found a great recipe that I could prep and ignore while it cooked.  Chicken Tagine.  I modified slightly to avoid having to go back to the grocery store to pick up fresh oregano--my fresh thyme was just fine and my fresh oregano had dried whilst still in the ground--damn you heat dome covering Texas.  And I only added one chili because two would have made Sophie sad.  I also am fortunate enough to own a real tagine--a birthday gift from my awesome friend Karen.

If Ian had taken this blog picture it would have involved a lot more time and care--I just hurriedly snapped a few before we were shoveling it in.  Note the crazy clashing plate, and the misplaced mint garnish.  Whatevs.  It was hot and delicious and even better the next day.  Hopefully it is better the next two days because I am a slave to labor and delivery for the remainder of the week.  Happy Back to School!