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CHARMOULA marinade served at White House Dinner!

You’ll find a recipe for this classic Moroccan marinade in each of my books!

Obama Welcomes African Leaders for Unusual Dinner

WASHINGTON — Aug 5, 2014, 10:49 PM ET

White House dinner

“The menu featured a largely American-style dinner with hints of Africa sprinkled throughout each of the four courses.

Guests dined on chilled spiced tomato soup and socca crisps, which are made of chick peas; chopped farm-stand vegetable salad using produce from the first lady’s garden; and grilled dry-aged Wagyu beef served with chermoula, a marinade used in North African cooking, sweet potatoes and coconut milk.

Dessert was cappuccino fudge cake dressed with papaya scented with vanilla from Madagascar. American wines were also on the menu.”

The Kasbah Chronicles April 2015

Exciting news!  I am to be a guest on A Growing Passion, a wonderful garden show hosted by Nan Sterman on San Diego’s KPBS station. Nan has gathered a number of “experts” who will show and tell how to preserve the harvest. Should be fun! The show airs Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 PM and repeats Saturday, April 18 at 3:30 PM.  The subject of this episode is preserving the harvest – pickling, canning, preserving (make your own Moroccan style preserved lemons!), fermenting, and more. For information on upcoming shows or viewing the current show online after it airs visit www.agrowingpassion.com 

I had the pleasure of speaking to a Global Studies class at C-SUN (Cal-State University Northridge) a few weeks back. I was thrilled to receive this feedback from professor of art history Peri Klemm, PhD.

“Subject: Inspired… “I made some Moroccan garbanzo beans for dinner with cinnamon, turmeric and other seasonings!!  I loved meeting Kitty today, so fun! “Thanks, Erin

Love to inspire someone to try Moroccan cuisine!

On another occasion, I was hosted by culinary students of Vista High School. Chef Kim Plunkett is in charge of a wonderful program that prepares high school students for a career in the culinary arts. One graduate is now employed at the Biltmore in New York City.

Upcoming classes and appearances:

Cardiff Library

Thursday, April 21, 2015. 6PM

Second time around! Join me for an informative evening and sip a glass of iced mint tea.

A Taste of Morocco presentation followed by a sampling and book signing

Macy’s School of Cooking

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Phone: 888-424-3663

Address: 1555 Camino de la Reina – Mission Valley – San Diego

Observe and have fun as I cook with renowned Chef Bernard Guillas of La Jolla’s Marine Room at the beautiful Macy’s School of Cooking. Watch us prepare a sampling of Moroccan dishes. Come early. First come first seated. Line starts forming 45 mns ahead of time! A book signing will conclude the class.


Tomato, fava bean, and preserved lemon crostini

from Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories

Tagine of Eggs with Olives and Cumin

from Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories

Orange Slices in Orange Blossom Water with Candied Almonds

How to preserve lemons, Moroccan style

Iced mint tea, Morocco’s national drink

Saturday, May 30, 2015

For members only. Why don’t you join? I will lead a farm tour of North San Diego County for the Culinary Historians of San Diego. My admiration for California farmers developed long before the farm-to-table movement became popular. The California Farm Cookbook is still in print and available on Amazon.com. It features a number of farmers from San Diego County including the farm we will visit.  www.CHSanDiego.com or find them on Facebook.They generally meet on one Saturday morning a month at our gorgeous Central Library.

More later!


The Kasbah Chronicles March 2015

It seems I just send off one edition of The Kasbah Chronicles, my monthly eNewsletter, only to begin jotting down ideas for the next one. If you would like to subscrib, just send an email to info@minteaandminarets.com.

Our wildest hopes, here, in Southern California, for a rainy winter have been dashed once again. Winter has come and gone, and the warm weather arrived weeks ago. I am not complaining, mind you, but I feel so sorry for the plants. You can almost hear them thinking if is this the right season to bud? To bloom? To produce fruit? Our apricot tree is totally confused and will probably yield nothing but a few leaves, as it did last year. Indeed, the water shortage may force us to cut down a few citrus trees.

Have you ever heard of Liquid Saffron? In exploring an international market recently, I found liquid saffron. I had never heard of it. Have you? If so, how do you use it? I’d love to know.

Information please. If you know of any book festival that takes place in the major Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, or Ottawa?? I am hoping to book events in Canada for next year.

The Kasbah Chronicles February 2015


Who would ever think of endowing apostrophes and commas with human attributes? If you have time to spare, take a look at Eats, Shoots and Leaves, a brilliant little book that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

Am I the only one? I am embarrassed to admit that I purchased a Kindle Fire, then decided to return it. My brain rebelled at mastering yet ANOTHER electronic gadget. Enticed by free eBooks and the promise of free movies on Amazon, I used my Kindle to watch two, strangely absorbing series, Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent. Choosing free eBooks full of unknowns proved more of a quandary. Thus, the Kindle Fire and I parted ways: the Kindle returned to to Amazon, and I, to my local library’s second-hand store, where I perused through shelves of REAL books, Eat, Shoots and Leaves among them.

Freed from the irresistible pull of the Kindle’s screen, I made orange blossom preserves. A carpet of delicate white petals covered the ground of our “family orchard” (about 6 citrus trees.) In between rain showers, I was able to gather the two cups of blossoms to test my recipe. (for Edible Flowers: a Kitchen Companion, coming out soon, Inch Allah!

Food for Thought: The Muslims of Early America


FEB. 9, 2015


In it, M. Manseau mentions our Zemmouri hero, Estebánico/Al Zemmouri, the black slave from Azemmour who walked from La Florida to Mexico with three Spanish conquistadores in 1535 (you might want to refer to the article I wrote for Aramco World in their April 2002 issue.)

. . . In 1528, a Moroccan slave called Estevanico was shipwrecked along with a band of Spanish explorers near the future city of Galveston, Tex. The city of Azemmour, in which he was raised, had been a Muslim stronghold against European invasion until it fell during his youth. While given a Christian name after his enslavement, he eventually escaped his Christian captors and set off on his own through much of the Southwest (and all the way to Mexico City.)

Two hundred years later, plantation owners in Louisiana made it a point to add enslaved Muslims to their labor force, relying on their experience with the cultivation of indigo and rice. Scholars have noted Muslim names and Islamic religious titles in the colony’s slave inventories and death records . . .”


Cooking Classes and Appearances 2015

Spring and summer 2015:

March: Cal State Northridge: Art History dept

April: Vista High School: Moroccan cuisine

Summer 2015:

Looking forward to:

The Bowers Museum, Sana Ana,

San Diego Museum of Art and various private events



Classes and Book signings:

Monday, March 9th. 6-7PM.

Cooking with Gold: Saffron, the world’s most expensive spice

Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants

41925 Fifth Street, Suite 101

Temecula CA 92590


Reservations: atealover@live.com


Saturday, March 14th.

La Mesa Library

Jake Sexton

8074 Allison Avenue

La Mesa CA



Private event: March 18th

Need a program for your organization or book club? I am presently booking events for summer 2015.


Sponsored by Adventures by the Book

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Preserved lemons galore!

Samples served.

In a private home in Tierrasanta, Ca.

Visit www.adventuresbythebook.com for information and reservation


$35 per person