Dar Zitoun, Our historic riad, the subject of my memoir,
Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories is now up for sale.
Renamed Dar Azema for marketing purposes.
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March is French language month
Classes and presentations
News of Morocco and beyond:
Links of interest
DAR ZITOUN now listed with Christie’s
Our riad, DAR ZITOUN, renamed Dar Azema for advertising purposes, IS NOW LISTED WITH CHRISTIE’S.
January came and went, as did February, and rain, rain, wonderful rain. Those who live in wet climates cannot imagine how exciting it is to experience one downpour after another. And I mean downpours! Thunder! Lightning! Frightened dogs! Traffic-stopping grey and white puffs barrel across the sky and over the hills to provide a thrill for sunbaked eyes.
Thus I deemed necessary a change of scenery: I am off to France at the end of March to reconnect with three childhood girlfriends from Casablanca . . . Lots of pâté, and lots of girl talk in store.
I have been here already: have you? Les catacombes de Paris
Francophiles may be interested to learn that March is “le mois de la francophonie.” Who knew there were still French dialects spoken in the US?? Fascinating! Check this out on France Amérique:
“ March is “le Mois de la Francophonie” — Francophone Month! For the occasion, France-Amérique takes you on a U.S. tour of the French dialects in Maine, in Missouri, and in Louisiana. Read more.
“. . . France-Amérique vous propose un tour d’Amérique des dialectes français qui vous emmènera dans le Maine, dans le Missouri et en Louisiane. Lire la suite. “
I picked a handful of green tomatoes clinging to a dying vine. They brought to mind the expanses of tomatoes that once blanketed San Diego County. Remember when the fields behind Mission San Luis Rey were covered in tomatoes? The fields have made way to homes but the farmer’s recipe lives on in my book, The California Farm Cookbook (Pelican Publishing, 1999)
(Ex) Valley Heights Ranch Fried Green Tomatoes
For seven decades, the Yasukochis have farmed the fields behind Mission San Luis Rey, the oldest continuously-operating mission in California. This San Diego County family, like other local tomato farmers, has seen its acreage shrink dramatically over the years, due to increased water and labor costs, and to the encroachment of housing developments. Yet, like their ancestors did before them, the Yasukochis remain committed to the land. Their popular vegetable stand off busy Mission Boulevard lures dozens of drivers daily with their basketsful of freshly-picked tomatoes. Jane, an aficionada of Fried Green Tomatoes, adds a pinch of dry Ranch-style or buttermilk salad dressing mix to the egg white for extra flavor.
2 large or 3 medium green tomatoes, washed, and cut in 1/4 inch slices
1 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 cup flour for dredging
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 tsp. dry buttermilk dressing mix
1/4 cup breadcrumbs or cornmeal for dredging
Vegetable oil for frying
Sliced cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Place tomato slices on breadboard or other flat surface. Sprinkle with salt, and let stand a few minutes. Pat dry. Dredge each tomato slice in flour. Set aside. In small bowl, mix egg white with dressing mix. Dip each tomato slice in mixture, then dredge in breadcrumbs or cornmeal. In large frying pan, heat small amount of oil, and fry tomato slices on both sides. Top each one with cheese slice, and turn off heat. Cover pan and let stand until cheese melts. If using Parmesan, sprinkle on just before serving. Yield: 4 servings as side dish.
Where are Kitty’s Books?
The Spanish Table, Berkeley
Books Inc, Palo Alto
Speaking of books: Opening May 16, 2017
Chicago boasts a new museum:
“Literature matters. The incredibly diverse history of this country can be accessed, interpreted, illuminated, shared, through the literatures created by its writer. . .”
Classes and Presentations:
I recently had the opportunity to experience these traditional North African activities:
Zumba and Belly Dancing with instructor Marcella Alva: http://www.dance2fitness.com
Henna designs for you, just like in Morocco. Great party activity! Her designs are GORGEOUS!
And Oud music to soothe your soul:
Frank Lazarro and Alexi Rabay duo play traditional Andalusian music: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great food history site:
MAY IN LA: lafoodbowl.com:
21 days of fun and food
If you haven’t already booked your next culinary trip to Chengdu or Paris, Jerusalem or Oaxaca, then you might consider staying in — or traveling to — Los Angeles for some, or all, of those 31 days. Because that’s when the Los Angeles Times will be presenting Food Bowl, a monthlong food festival.
French champagne in New Mexico:
“Turn back time to 1952, when in the city of Bethon, France, a 21-year-old man named Gilbert Gruet and his wife Danielle followed their dream of establishing the Champagne producing label of Gruet et Fils. Thirty-one years later, together with their children, they visited the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico. “WINE IN MOROCCO: How about this?? “Best sommelier”: Who thinks Morocco doesn’t produce wine. Today, the country boasts award-winning sommeliers!
News of Morocco and beyond:
. . . Nouvelle exposition dédiée aux artistes femmes au musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Rabat: Women artists showcased at Rabat museum.
Another exciting piece of news from Morocco:
“Une découverte majeure de la NASA réalisée avec l’Observatoire de l’Oukaïmeden
“The truth really is out there. NASA revealed yesterday that it’s discovered seven rocky, Earth-sized planets orbiting dwarf star Trappist-1, just 39 light years away. Three are in the habitable zone and could contain liquid water. The fact that Trappist-1 is a dwarf star. . . “
I learned to ski at the Oukaimeden, Morocco’s highest peak, where it snows until April (if one can call sliding down the slope on my backside)
LIKE the observatoire: https://www.facebook.com/Observatoire.Oukaimeden/posts/1245059385548737
I did go to France, and will fill you in next time on food and location details.