Harissa Sweet Potato Tagine ~ A Glimpse of Autumn

Having decided to embrace the change of seasons, Sister Madly has taken a moment out of her not-so-busy schedule to give you a glimpse of autumn in her neck of the cosmos:

The Golds in all their glory!


Resting gently on the sidewalk!


Stealing your favorite parking space!


And the Reds, majestic in their splendor!


Falling in the orchards!

orchard oz

Dancing across the pavement!

blood splatter

And the Oranges, ablaze in their… hm.


Once again… The Oranges, awaiting your kamikaze dive!

pile of leaves

 Assembled and ready for festive disembowelment!


Yes, the Oranges!






The ORANGES that hunt you!


The ORANGES that haunt you!


The Oranges that seek to consume your very soul!

cthulhu orange

… and the ones that bring you back to your childhood.

great pumpkin

So put on your best furry socks…

furry socks

… turn out all the lights…


… and hit ‘PLAY’…


… because it is far better to be haunted by a pumpkin than to be devoured by the Great Old One…

Yes, welcome to the Madliverse. Cheetos should be here by noon.

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  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4-6 chicken thighs, cubed (opt)
  • 2-3 carrots, sliced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup peas
  • other veggies as desired (cauliflower, butternut squash, etc)
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger root, grated – OR – 2 tsp powder
  • 2 Tbsp Harissa sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Combine sweet potatoes, broth, and coconut milk in a large pot
Bring to a gentle boil and cover
Cook until the sweet potato is easily pierced with a fork, 10-15 minutes
Puree w/immersion blender or food processor until desired smoothness
Add chicken, veggies and spices to sauce and mix thoroughly
Add broth if necessary/desired
Bring to boil
Reduce to a simmer and cover
* STIR FREQUENTLY * to prevent burning, especially if using cast iron or other nonstick pan
Cook until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked through, 25 min or so.

Harissa SPT

THEME SONG: Autumn Leaves, Coldcut

19 responses

  1. <—– Cheshire Bear Smile

    Point Of Information:
    When you say stir frequently so as not to burn, do you really mean the dish or did you mean people?


    Liked by 1 person

    October 29, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    • Sister Madly

      The dish of people.

      Liked by 1 person

      October 29, 2015 at 11:09 AM

  2. I think with each subsequent picture ….you were getting madder and madder…:)

    Liked by 1 person

    October 29, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Oh fiddle! And I tried so hard to hide it, too.

      I’ll try to be more inconspicuous next time!


      October 29, 2015 at 11:07 AM

  3. Delightful post! Happy Halloweeeeeeeen! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    October 29, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you! And a Happy Halloween to you as well!

      Liked by 1 person

      October 29, 2015 at 11:03 AM

  4. I knew it! I just knew that we were neighbors!! and it’s a beautiful day in the neighnorhood…delicious post, Sister Madly

    Liked by 1 person

    October 29, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Well, howdy neighbor!!

      Indeed, I’ve always felt that you were a kindred soul in some way- and yes, ’tis a lovely day!

      Do take care when walking through the orchards. The trees are rather feisty today.

      Liked by 1 person

      October 29, 2015 at 2:48 PM

  5. Thanks for the recipe. We found a tagine recipe in Ascent magazine (a wonderful, departed Canadian yoga mag) some years ago it is one of my favs. Happy Halloween! And I hope the Dementors will let SM out for a while so she can do her thing.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 30, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Love experimenting with tagines! (up until now, I’ve been calling it ‘Harissa Sweet Potato Thingy’ which sounds a little less appetizing.)

      The Dementors are easy to appease: just leave them a full-size Snickers bar on the windowsill, and they’ll leave you alone- for 24 hours, at least.

      Happy Halloween to you as well!

      Liked by 1 person

      October 30, 2015 at 3:05 PM

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  7. Anonymous

    where’s my cheetos?

    Liked by 1 person

    November 1, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Ah, well… it was 3AM, and I was feeling a little peckish… and you know how it goes- you can’t just eat only one.

      We can always try blackmailing the cheetah again!


      November 1, 2015 at 12:19 PM

  8. Absolutely….hilariously mad!! You have reached a whole new benchmark level of “mad”👍👍👍😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

    November 3, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Do you suppose there’s a limit to madness? Or is there always more to be attained? ;c)

      Liked by 1 person

      November 3, 2015 at 10:51 AM

      • Ha ha….”madness” has no limitations, as out of “madness” comes creativity. Keep it up SM and have a great week ahead 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        November 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM

  9. I so love your madiverse , sang out megxxx as she turned into Lucy ….you are pure delight dear sister madly …hugs and love always

    Liked by 1 person

    November 5, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    • Sister Madly

      And you’re a shape-shifter as well! Love it!

      Liked by 1 person

      November 5, 2015 at 2:56 PM

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