Last month I mentioned that August 15, 1964 is a momentous date in my life. I have now lived FIFTY years in the United States! I celebrated with my mother, champagne, dear friends, and this decorative basket of succulents.
If you would like to read about my “immigration experience” and my arrival in the US, please follow the links to the August 2014 post on my website.
My mother and I decided to celebrate our 50th by spending two days in Coronado where my husband was stationed in the Navy over 40 years ago. Have you visited lately?
To me, Coronado is still “utopia” with its mansions and villas fronted with emerald lawns, its 25-mile speed limit, its mile long sandy beach and sparkling bay front. When we lived there from 1973-1975, we picnicked in front of the world-famous Hotel Del (setting for the film, Some Like it Hot), and frequented a handful of unexciting restaurants, a shabby supermarket, and a sleepy main street. This time, we dined in bistros, overheard a multitude of languages, and dodged hordes of visitors on Orange Avenue. Yet, Coronado has retained much of its utopian charm. Don’t miss the stunning new library. http://www.coronado.ca.us/library
KITTY IN THE MEDIA:
I have probably mentioned at one time or another a cookbook that is close to my heart. The California Farm Cookbook (Pelican Publishing, 1999) took me to at least 200 farms in California to obtain the farmers’ recipes for THEIR product. I cook out of that book all the time! It is still in print and available on Amazon.com. Pelican recently sent out this e-mail blast.
Mint Tea and Minarets: a banquet of Moroccan memories is also available on Amazon.com
Would you consider writing a short review of the book in the “write your own review” section? I am told this helps book sales! A few words will do.
How about that?!
Obama Welcomes African Leaders for Unusual Dinner
WASHINGTON — Aug 5, 2014, 10:49 PM ET
White House dinner
“The menu featured a largely American-style dinner with hints of Africa sprinkled throughout each of the four courses.
Guests dined on chilled spiced tomato soup and socca crisps, which are made of chick peas; chopped farm-stand vegetable salad using produce from the first lady’s garden; and grilled dry-aged Wagyu beef served with chermoula, a marinade used in North African cooking . . .”
COULD the White House chef have consulted Cooking at the Kasbah or my other books (I don’t think so!) In any case, here is the recipe. You can use chermoula with lamb, chicken, seafood, or vegetables:
Combine the ingredients and savor! Use spices to taste.
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
12 sprigs cilantro, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
CAPE COD: Heading to the East Coast?
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There isn’t much to see from a historical standpoint in my hometown, so this may be an interesting venue for some.
A Casablanca, le seul musée du judaïsme du monde arabe (The ONLY Jewish museum in the Arab World, founded in 1997.)
“C’est l’unique musée juif dans le monde arabe”, souligne sa conservatrice Zhor Rhihil, fonctionnaire marocaine de confession musulmane.”
Morocco surpasses the US in strawberry exports!
“Les pays européens représentent 95% des exportations marocaines de fraises. L’Espagne a exporté 355.000 tonnes de fraises, suivis par le Mexique (266.000 tonnes), les États-Unis (164.000 tonnes) et la Chine (128.000 tonnes.)”
Bismillah and Bon Appétit!
Happy Labor Day