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!
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,