Metroscope April 2008 Newsletter

Congratulations to the Merrijig Inn in Port Fairy for their rating of 15.5 in The Age Epicure review last month. We had a delicious Moroccan-inspired meal late last year when we visited Port Fairy and can wholeheartedly recommend this charming restaurant. And if you go there, you’ll see some of Metroscope’s beautiful wares in use. Check them out at www.merrijiginn.com

On the subject of food, I recently attended a three week Moroccan cooking course conducted by Meera Freeman in Carlton. Meera is an excellent cook and the course was fun, informative and delicious. Meera regularly conducts cooking classes as well as taking small tours to Morocco. If you’re interested in Moroccan cuisine we recommend you book into a course – not only will you learn to cook some great dishes, you’ll learn more about Morocco, it’s traditions and food. For further information go to www.meerafreeman.com.au

Some of you may be aware that there has been a bit of a scare in South Australia about the lead content of some Moroccan cooking tagines. As a precautionary measure, Metroscope withdrew its tagines from sale while they were being tested at a government laboratory. We are pleased to report that the Black Line cooking tagines (plain terracotta glazed tagine with ridges on the inside of the base) are well within the Australian Safety Standards and are safe to use. The bases of our other cooking tagines (terracotta glazed tagine with simple hand-painted design on the top) are also well within the limits, however further testing will be done on the tops. It will be a couple of weeks before we know the outcome. If you have one of these tagines, please email us so we can let you know as soon as we have the results. Should they not meet the Australian standards for lead and cadmium, we will be happy to offer an exchange, a credit note or refund on return.

In a couple of weeks we’ll be heading back to Morocco to see what goodies we can buy or order for our next container. If you have any special requests, please email or call and let us know. Our last day of trading before we leave is Saturday 3 May and we will re-open refreshed and full of new Moroccan experiences on Saturday 14 June. Our winter trading hours are Saturday 10 to 5.30, however we’re always happy to make other times if that doesn’t suit.

We look forward to seeing you either before we leave or on our return.

POSTSCRIPT

Our cooking tagines and other ceramics have now been tested for lead and cadmium by the National Measurement Institute (www.measurement.gov.au)  We are pleased to announce that all our ceramics are back on sale as test results indicate they are safe to use.