Although the olives and orange zest were an interesting touch, I found the dish a bit bland overall. I missed the fruity flavours I associate with a tagine. My guests raved about the dish though and it was quite easy to prepare.
i've never made a tagine using tomatoes before and wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this was delicious. very subtle flavors from the spices and other ingredients. instead of canned tomatoes i used 3 fresh ones as i have an abundance growing.i've also never put olives in a lamb tagine, but it added some saltiness and tang to the pungent sauce. i garnished with fresh mint,served over couscous, great dinner.