Simple Morrocan Lamb Tagine

Spice up your life with a traditional fragrant lamb tagine.


Shoulder of lamb or lamb chunks cut into small chunks ( approx 2lb lamb)

2 large onion splash of olive oil

3 cloves crushed garlic

1 pint tomato juice

2 x 400ml tins chopped tomatoes

600ml lamb stock

4oz dried apricots, halved

2oz dates, halved

2oz sultanas or raisins

3oz flaked almonds

1 tbsp clear honey

2tbsp coriander

2tbsp parsley

Spice mix – 1tsp cayenne pepper, 2tsp black pepper, 2 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tbsp turmeric, 2tsp cinnamon


Mix together the spices cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. Cover the lamb with half of the spice mix and leave to marinate for at least two hours, preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas2.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large casserole dish or tagine. Add the onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes so that the onions are soft, but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the cubes of lamb on all sides, then add the browned meat to the casserole dish. Add the tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, dates, raisins or sultanas, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish or tagine.

Bring to the boil and cover with a fitted lid. Place in the oven for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.

Sprinkle with chopped herbs.

Serve with warm crusty bread and a large glass of red wine.



BALMAIN x H&M: What you should be buying

The ladies Balmain for H&M collection goes on sale in store at the Villagio shopping mall, Qatar, November 5th at 8:00am – Don’t say we didn’t warn you!…Alphabet Lifestyle Top Tip: For those who prefer to shop from the comfort of their living room, the collection will be available online from 9am GMT. BALMAIN x H&M collection Doha Qatar Middle East
Left: Jordan Dunn wearing the BALMAIN x H&M black & gold top with braided embroidery (QAR 499), Middle: Kendal Jenner in fitted silk blend beaded velvet dress (QAR 2199). Right: Gigi Hadid in the stunnning beaded velvet blouse (QAR 1799)

To avoid the anticipated shopping frenzy and panic purchasing, we advise that you plan ahead before you shop. You can view the whole collection in our previous ‘Balmain x H&M – full lookbook preview!’ post or simply follow our guide on what to shop.

Key pieces to snap up are the chic velvet tuxedo (QAR 799) and silk-satin suit trousers (QAR 399) as modeled below on Kendall Jenner – the classic tailored pieces will never go out of style. Complete the look with the multistrand necklace (QAR 399) and metal-decorated leather belt (QAR 249) for that supermodel je ne sais quoi! BALMAIN x H&M collection Doha Qatar Middle East BALMAIN x H&M collection Doha Qatar Middle East
We are obsessed with the BALMAIN x H&M waistcoat with satin lapels as seen on Jordan Dunn, (QAR 499).

The party season will soon be upon us (we don’t mean to panic you but there’s only 7 more Friday’s till Christmas!) so be one-step ahead and take your festival style to the next level with these showstopping dresses – you can also layer over trousers for a sophisticated look. BALMAIN x H&M collection Doha Qatar Middle East
Joan Smalls in BALMAIN x H&M sequin-embroidered dress (Bonus points: the dress has a concealed silicone trim around the neckline to hold the dress in place!) (QAR 799) BALMAIN x H&M collection Doha Qatar Middle East
Kendall Jenner in BALMAIN x H&M gently tailored velvet jacket made from silk and embroidered with beads and sparkly stones (QAR 1999). Complete the full look with the super sexy suede thigh boots (QAR 1299).

SERIOUS fashionista N.B: H&M have placed a strict rule upon the #BALMAINARMY which limits shoppers to purchase only one piece of each item in the collection – that rule goes for clothing, shoes and accessories, and a measly 10 minutes in store to shop the range.

So plan ahead, stay focused…and don’t forget your whistle!!! BALMAIN x H&M collection Doha Qatar Middle East

For more information follow H&M Qatar on Twitter here and follow our instagram @alphabetlifestyle account to see what pieces we pick up tomorrow!

Balmain x H&M – full lookbook preview!


Brace yourself power dressing is back! November 5th see’s the eagerly awaited release of the Balmain x H&M collaboration and we can confirm that Olivier Rousteing has delivered!

The collection is filled the Rousteing’s signature elaborate embroidery, luxe leathers, satin and skintight tailoring, capturing the confidence, sexiness, and power of the Balmain house – whilst all on a H&M budget!

Will you be joining the #BALMAINARMY?!

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head

Welcome to Doha

Welcome To Doha Timelapse from Michael Shainblum on Vimeo.

Check out this great time-lapse video of Qatar by Michael Shainblum. The video captures the evolution of the Middle Eastern state of Qatar’s history from the old to present-day world, and the quintessence of the country’s culture.

It’s fascinating to see how the country has developed since it gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1971 – just over four decades ago!

Doha 1985, Sheraton Hotel
Doha 1985, Sheraton Hotel
Qatar in 1977
Doha’s open-air market in 1977

Katara Cultural Village

Alphabet Lifestyle visits Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar.

No visit to Doha would be complete without a visit to Katara Cultural Village.

Katara architecture
Discover traditional Qatari architecture

The village includes a theatre, art galleries – hosting modern and local Qatari art, an opera house and the piece de resistance; an open amphitheatre. The project was conceptualised to reflect the heritage of Qatar through traditional architecture.

Katara amphitheatre
Walkway to amphitheatre
Katara art sculptures
Katara art sculptures

The Katara Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the breathe-taking amphitheatre hosts world class events (Alphabet Lifestyle Top Tip: Take a cushion, as several hours seated on concrete steps can be seriously uncomfortable!). You will find some of the best cultural performances in Doha, so ensure that you make time to enjoy a performance at the opera house or visit the latest exhibitions. See the link for more details of upcoming events –


Katara Amphitheatre
Katara Amphitheatre

As well as offering a diverse culture experience, you will also find some of the best restaurants in Doha within Katara. We recommend that anyone visiting Katara should experience L’wzaar sea food restaurant, or Saffron Lounge for an exceptional culinary experience. For a traditional Middle-Eastern food visit Chac late, or Mamig restaurant doha for casual authentic Armenian and Lebanese cuisine.

Watch this space for upcoming Doha restaurant reviews and click here for more photographs from our Katara visit.