Los Angeles Arboretum, P.S.

I had fun, and so did the participants. Even the peacocks joined in, parading around

the patio, and screeching their approval (I’d like to believe!)

On Apr 10, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Jill Berry wrote:
Hi Kitty – . . . Thank you for a fabulous class yesterday which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!!!  I don’t know how you did it! What amazes me is the depth of your understanding of history in addition to you amazing knowledge of food!!!
Thank you for coming! And I would love to show you around the next time you are here…especially for research for your new book! J
Xo Jill

Jill Berry, Education Manager
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007-2697
Phone: 626.821.4624
Fax: 626.821.4642

Heritage Radio Network interview April 2014

Cathy Erway hosts the most informative radio show “Eat your Words” on the Heritage Radio Network out of Brooklyn, New York. Mint Tea and Minarets, and Moroccan cuisine are the subjects of this episode.

http://goo.gl/pPIrU0 // 



First Aired – 04/07/2014 01:00PM

Swimming in marmalade!


 In cleaning out kitchen drawers (an ongoing task), I came across a marmalade recipe my mother typed out for me years ago. She, in turn, told me she had obtained it from my English grandmother. And so, I have been perpetuating family tradition with the fruit from my blood orange tree, and the 4 other citrus varieties making up our “family fruit trees.” When I was growing up in Morocco, my parents planned an annual jaunt to Marrakech so we could gather the Seville oranges that fell from the trees lining the streets. I don’t grow the Seville oranges used for Dundee’s “traditional ” English marmalade, but my American fruit does just fine, thank you. A word to the wise: Two fruit trees of the same variety in one garden is TOO MUCH! I may have to open up a fruit stand at the bottom of our driveway (We give most of it away!) 

I’ll be glad to share my newly refined recipe for marmalade upon request!

The Kasbah Chronicles February 14

March is just around the corner, and this week promises very long-awaited R-A-I-N!  Do we even know how to spell that word anymore?

     Still, In need of a respite from “coastal living,” my mother and I headed to the desert for a few days. Upon a friend’s recommendation, we booked 3 nights at Miracle Hot Springs Resort in the town of Desert Hot Springs, just a few miles, and decades removed from très très hip Palm Springs.

What a kick! We drove to “the other side of the tracks” (in this case Highway 10) to a family oriented spa steeped in the 70s, from its unassuming décor, to its restaurant featuring juicy, 14-ounce sirloin steaks, avocados stuffed with a mouth-watering crab meat mixture, and even three-bean salad. And the music! Who plays Judy Collins’ “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now” on the dining-room soundtrack anymore?!! 


Photo courtesy Miracle Hot Springs

The windy February weather didn’t keep me from trying all five of the spa’s hot pool, the largest kept at an even 85 degrees. Five smaller pools and Jacuzzis range from 94 to 104 degrees. Enough to keep you immersed for the whole day! Sunday brunch appears to be as popular with the multi cultural families staying at the hotel as it is with locals. Thus, the service slows down to a craaaaawl, though the overworked staff tries its best to accommodate the crowd.  (Who knew? Miracle Hot Springs Spa opened in 1994, as a casino and spa catering to LA’s Korean clientele.)

Another great way to spend the afternoon is to take a tour of Modernist Palm Springs. A revelation for this Casablancaise! Parts of Palm Springs dotted with private villas are quite reminiscent of Casablanca’s posh ocean front Anfa district. I even got to see the home of one of my all time favorite entertainers, Dinah Shore: As a newcomer to the US, many years ago, I used to watch her daily, weekly (??) cooking show, an inspiration for my own culinary activities! Remember the “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah” ditty?!!

More reviews for Mint Tea and Minarets:

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 Review on: Books and Movies to Inspire Travel/ A Traveler’s Library





The Kasbah Chronicles, January 14

Let another year begin . . .


I woke up early last week, to find this message in my e-mail. May I brag a little? Mint Tea and Minarets is in the running for:



December 21, 2013








WITH Mint Tea and Minarets. A Banquet of Moroccan Memories, Kitty Morse. Photos: Owen Morse


In the category:  Best Arab Cuisine Book


“You can win again in the next step.


The winner in each country will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World. The results will be announced on May 20-21, 2014  at the annual Awards event. It will take place in Beijing during the first “Beijing Cookbook Fair”, May 19-21, 2014.”




Other states, and other countries have their charms, but when my husband watches a televised football game taking place in 35 F below zero degrees (or lower) in Cincinnati or another northern city, and it is 75 degrees F in my back yard, forgive me if I dwell on how fortunate we are. I know, one gets accustomed to freezing weather, I lived in frigid Wisconsin for 9 years! Stay warm, all of you!

Classes and booksignings:


January 2014:


 Monday, January 13, 2014. 6PM-8PM


An evening at the Kasbah


Harvard Cooking Girl


7441 Girard Avenue


La Jolla, CA


info: bibi@harvardcookingirl.com




Registration required. $60. Seating is limited.




Sweet bestila of chicken with fresh herbs,


Orange blossom custard


Mint Tea






Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. 10:30AM


A Taste of Morocco, presentation, sampling and book signing


Culinary Historians of San Diego


San Diego Central Library


330 Park Blvd, Special Event Suite, 9th floor


Free and open to the public.


Info: barbarapetersen919@gmail.com






Monday, January 20, 2014. 6PM-7PM


Start 2014 the New Year the healthy Moroccan way!


Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants


41925 Fifth Street


Old Town Temecula


Info: (951)587-2223


Talk and short demonstration. Registration required. $15. Seating is limited.




Monday, Jan. 27.7:30PM


Mint Tea and Minarets. Presentation and book signing.


Distant Lands


20 South Raymond Street


Pasadena 91105


Free and open to the public. Space is limited.


E-mail: info@distantlands.com


RSVP (626)449-3220