Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

 Un buffet a l’Alliance de Pasadena

In between two appointments in Pasadena a few weeks ago, I decided to drop in at the Norton Simon Museum. What a treat. In my view, this is probably the best art museum of LA. Just the right size, bright, and welcoming. Walking through the modern and contemporary art galleries felt like visiting old friends: Picasso, Braque, Klee, Van Gogh, Renoir, Dega’s “petits rats de l’Opera” ballerinas, even a Giacometti sculpture! I was amazed at the number of pieces by Henry Moore scattered, or rather “positioned,” through the gardens, alongside Aristide Maillol. An hour and a half of such soul enriching viewing left me refreshed for the second event of my day: a presentation on Mint Tea and Minarets at the Alliance Française de Pasadena (

The November 16th cooking class at Macy’s in San Diego, was a great success. My host, Chef Bernard Guillas of the Marine Room in La Jolla, has built up a faithful following. Close to 120 guests sampled a Moroccan Thanksgiving! This is one of the dishes we prepared from Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories. There is still time for you to purchase a signed copy in time for Christmas. $25 a book plus Free shipping!) E-mail me with your request at

Zamita Couscous Stuffing with Almonds


 (enough for one 12 lb turkey)


         1 cup slivered almonds


1⅓ cups water


1 teaspoon salt


6 tablespoons butter


1 cup couscous


1 cup (about 2.5 ounces) raisins, plumped in warm water and drained


8 pitted dates, coarsely chopped


12 sprigs parsley, chopped


3 tablespoons orange blossom water (in Middle Eastern markets)


2 tablespoons sugar


1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon


1 teaspoon ground ginger


Salt to taste


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.


In a medium skillet, toast almonds, stirring occasionally, until they turn a light gold, 5 to 6 minutes. Set aside.


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring water, salt, and butter to a boil. Add couscous in a stream. Stir once. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand until couscous is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer couscous to a bowl. Allow it to cool slightly. Combine couscous with the almonds, raisins, dates, parsley, orange blossom water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Stuff the bird or serve on the side.


From Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories by Kitty Morse. La Caravane Publishing 2012.


I love the tagines of many colors!

and the turnout was excellent at the Le Creuset Outlet Store in Carlsbad(CA) on November 23rd. Never have I had such an attentive audience at the store! Then everyone got to sample mint tea and Bouchaib’s Egg Tagine from Mint Tea and Minarets.

Have you dropped in at Savoury Spices, the cozy, new spice store in the Lumberyard, in Encinitas, CA? I am thrilled that A Biblical Feast was selected a Staff Pick. (They sell ras el hanoot, Moroccan “harissa” spice, and many, many others.)


 Speaking of spice stores, we can boast of another, a stone’s throw from Temecula’s “wine country. The Old Town Spice Merchant is located in the heart of Temecula’s lively historic district. Temecula and Fallbrook residents, drop in on Monday, January  20th, from 6 to 7:30PM for a chat and a short cooking demonstration.



Looking ahead to 2014: Presentations and book signings


January 2014:


 La Jolla, CA


Monday, January 13th. 6-8PM


Harvard Cooking Girl


7441 Girard Avenue


La Jolla, CA. (858) 888-3509


Space is limited. Reservations necessary. Fee charged.



Temecula, CA


Monday, January 20th.


Old Town Temecula Spice Merchant


41925 Fifth Street #101


Temecula CA 92590


(951) 587-2223


Space is limited. Reservations necessary.



Pasadena, CA


Monday, January 27th. 6-8PM


Distant Lands


20 South Raymond Avenue


Pasadena CA 91105


(626)449-3220. (800)310-3220.


Space is limited. Reservations necessary



February, April, May, and June, 2014:


Book clubs, private restaurant event,  cooking at the  L.A. Arboretum and more . . .


 Stores carrying Mint Tea and Minarets:

Los Angeles County: (Pasadena) (Pasadena) (Bowers Museum, Santa Ana) (Venice) (Los Angeles) (Larchmont) (La Cañada)




Santa Barbara (CA):




San Francisco Bay Area: (Palo Alto, on Chestnut, Berkeley, Opera Plaza) (Corte Madera) (Sonoma) (Jolon) (Berkeley) (Mill Valley and Berkeley)




San Diego Area: (La Jolla) (Vista) (Solana Beach) (Temecula) (Encinitas)




Northern California: (Chico)




Alabama: (Fairhope)




Georgia:  (Augusta):




Kentucky (Lexington):






Rabelais Books








Nebraska: (Lincoln)




New York: (NYC) (NYC)




North Carolina: (Raleigh)




Pennsylvania: (Bethlehem)




Texas: (Austin)




Washington: (Seattle)




Wisconsin: (Oconomowoc) (Milwaukee) (Green Bay)