Monthly Archives: December 2008

Kitty’s Cooking tips

This is a family favorite:

Give your holiday bird a Moroccan twist!

Baste your turkey inside and out with preserved lemon pulp. The salty tang of preserved lemons adds a mouth-watering dimension to a celebratory roast, whether turkey, lamb, beef, or chicken. Placing a layer of diced vegetables (carrots, celery, onion) on the bottom of the pan will  add flavor to the pan juices and yield an extra  side dishHappy cooking!

Kitty

 

Within sight of 2009/A Biblical Feast on TV!

 We are within sight of 2009. I can hardly believe it! Please take a few moments to navigate the site ( and click on RSS Feed for updates). You will find ideas for holiday dishes, edible gifts from San Diego County, new additions to my blog roll, and the new “My Morocco Page”.

British TV crew at the kasbah!

 

The day Yours truly being taped 

before Thanksgiving, I was thrilled to welcome a five-person British TV crew (see above). They dropped in on us to film a segment on the Last Supper for a television series called Eating Art, hosted by Oliver Peyton, a well-known London restaurateur. The series producer discovered my book, A Biblical Feast (out of print, soon to be reprinted), on the Internet! For the Last Supper, I prepared a salad of bitter herbs, harosset of dried fruit and wine, a roasted a leg of lamb, and various dishes incorporating some of the 84 foodstuffs mentioned in the Old Testament. Homemade wine, unleavened bread, dates, figs, almonds and pistachios rounded off the banquet. April is the projected airdate. Keep on checking right here!

Worlds of Flavor Conference at the Culinary Institute of America

A few weeks earlier, The California Almond Board had invited me to participate in the Worlds of Flavor Conference at the Culinary Institute of America in St Helena, CA, on November 7 and 8th. What an event! Over 700 participants from around the globe gathered at the CIA for 3 days of sampling wine and foods from the Mediterranean, and attend cooking classes and seminars taught by leading the experts in the field.

In the CIA kitchen, I worked shoulder to shoulder with chefs from the United States, and with others from Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Tunisia, and of course, Morocco. The ones who most impressed me were the fantastic assistants, many of them food professionals, who came from around the US to volunteer for the three-day. That is really following your bliss! If you have the chance, visit the CIA. The gift shop and the restaurant are both open to the public.

My dessert of grilled mangos, candied almonds, and orange flavored mulhalbiya must have been a hit, 

judging by the few plates that were left! 

 Have a happy holiday season. A bientot,

Kitty

 

Classes and book signings!

 

I hope to see you at one of the following events: 


September 19, 2009

Saturdays at the Ranch

La Cocina que Canta, Rancho La Puerta Spa

Tecate, Mexico

Sign up at www.rancholapuerta.com

 

October 17, 2009

Saturdays at the Ranch

La Cocina que Canta, Rancho La Puerta Spa

Tecate, Mexico

Sign up at www.rancholapuerta.com

 

October 24, 2009

1PM to 2:30PM: Tagine demonstration

Le Creuset Company Store

5600 Paseo del Norte 125A, Carlsbad CA 92008

(760)931-6868

 

4PM: Book signing

World’s Fare

1255 East Vista Way, Vista, California 92084

worldsfare@gmail.com. (760)726-4125

 

November 8, 2009

Book signing

Holiday Open House

Warwick’s Bookstore, La Jolla, CA

warwicksevents@yahoo.co

 

November 7, 2009

Saturdays at the Ranch

La Cocina que Canta, Rancho La Puerta Spa

Tecate, Mexico

Sign up at www.rancholapuerta.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a group of friends together for a Saturday at the famed Rancho la Puerta spa, in Tecate, Mexico. Join me in the Cocina que Canta’s lovely kitchen/dining facility for hands-on classes on:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday March 28th, 2009

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

August 15th, 2009

These classes are in addition to the three I will teach during my week at the ranch, July 19th to July 25th, 2009.

Saturdays at the Ranch are very popular with day trippers from Southern California and Arizona, and fill up quickly. Maximum number of participants for the cooking class is 21. For information, visit http//:www.rancholapuerta.com.