Well, after reading many of the reviews on this product, I must admit I was wary about buying it - but I have wanted one of these for many years. After doing my normal seasoning of the meat and adding vegetables - It worked wonderfully - It holds a lot more ingredients than I expected. The lid shrank ever so slightly, away from the edge of the lower tagine dish, after a slow casserole cooking in the oven, but after placing the hot Tagine - carefully on a folded tea towel - the food was absolutley delicious!!!! Thank you very, very much Lakeland - keep up the good work of choosing only quality products - and retailing them at affordable prices!!!!