Monthly Archives: April 2012

Media announcements and reviews

March 2014:


Kitty in the media


What a treat! A Mention in the March issue of Sunset magazine (p. 78)


 A quick Moroccan meal: and


From an American blogger living in Marrakech:




It’s official! The memoir, twelve years in the writing!

Mint Tea and Minarets: A memoir of Morocco with Recipes is a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards and will soon be published as an ebook.

Results to be announced on June 9, 2012.

Wish me luck!


Add to  the “nice to be recognized” file!

Thank you!

A fan of Cooking at the Kasbah writes:

“I saw your name mentioned in an article in the magazine of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), February 2012 issue.  . . The article says you are a Navy spouse and led the first culinary tours to Morocco in the early 1980’s.

A review of A Bibllical Feast in

The last of the orange blossoms

April 2012

Little did I realize the meaning of chronic pain until I was subjected to a shoulder spasm that is now entering its seventh month.      

    How the spasm came about remains a subject of debate, but my personal opinion points to a terrible posture, and to many, way too many hours spent at the computer.  And so, I find myself having to ration my time at the keyboard (not a bad thing!) May this post serve as a cautionary tale! Don't sit for too long in front of the screen, and get up every 15 minutes to stretch! 

    Lying in bed, flat on my back, allows me to out out of our bedroom window at a row of citrus, from oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, to the delightfully sweet "cocktail grapefruit."

     The blossoming citrus brightens my day. Among the branches I can detect a flurry of activity. Elusive hummingbirds suck up nectar from the delicate blossoms. Graceful turtle doves peck at worms in the moist carpet of mulch. Late afternoon brings on bees flitting from flower to flower. And once, I woke up to a snow like blanket of petals covering the ground after a winter storm.  For me, the glory of our citrus blossoms lies in inhaling their heady fragrance.

    In the introduction to The Scent of Orange Blossoms: Sephardic Cuisine from Morocco, my co-author, Danielle Mamane, and I, attempted to put into words the magic of orange  blossoms for North Africans.

     “Like Proust biting into a madeleine and recalling his lost youth, the subtle fragrance of orange blossoms (harks back to) balmy evenings in Fez or Tétouan, when the heady scent of citrus heralds the onset of spring . . .  and fragrant mint tea enhanced with freshly picked citrus flowers . . .”

   Before the petals fell off, I froze a few (yes! they do freeze!) just so I could offer you a glass of mint tea, à la Fassia:

Mint Tea with Orange Blossoms

Makes 5 1/2 cups

1 tablespoon looseleaf Chinese green tea

6 cups boiling water

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or to taste)

Generous bouquet of fresh spearmint 

3 fresh orange blossoms

Rinse pot with 1/2 cup boiling water. Discard water. Add green tea and remaining boiling water. Steep 2 to 3 minutes. Add mint, and let stand for 3 to 4 minutes. Add orange blossoms, sugar to taste, and serve.

Until next time (after a few more weeks of stretching!)