Congrats to my Friend Faith on her Published Cookbook!

I know I’ve been a bit lax with blog posting these past couple months.  Pregnancy with an unplanned fourth boy has a crazy way of doing that to you.  Despite all the excuses, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share the accomplishments of a very special friend.  My friend Faith Gorsky from An Edible Mosaic just had her first cookbook released: An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.   I’ve pretty much known Faith since I first began blogging.  We’ve supported each other, shared opportunities and just generally lifted each other up throughout the process that is food writing.  I can’t tell you how proud I am to help her introduce and promote her first published work.

The cookbook has over 100 Middle Eastern recipes, with a focus mainly on dishes from the Levant, but also a few recipes from other areas of the Middle East. Faith has a pretty unique story…after getting married she spent six months living in the Middle East, where she fell in love with the culture and cuisine. Subsequently, she returned four more times for visits, each time delving deeper into the cuisine and deepening her passion for and appreciation of the region. Recipes in her book are authentic Middle Eastern (taught to Faith mostly by her mother-in-law, Sahar), but streamlined just a bit for the way we cook today, with unique ingredients demystified and cooking techniques anyone can follow. If you didn’t grow up eating Middle Eastern food, it can be a difficult art to master; Faith understands that, and explains complicated dishes in an approachable, easy-to-follow way. The book is available to order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

After you check out the recipe below, please head over to Faith’s blog to check out her virtual book launch party to see the other bloggers who are participating. Also, as part of her virtual book launch, she is hosting a giveaway with over $1300 in prizes. Be sure to head over and enter!

The recipe from the book that I’m sharing with you today is for Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts, along with a variation for Mixed White and Yellow Rice. The recipe is actually vegan so you won’t have any trouble incorporating it into a vegan or vegetarian meal, but it is just as delicious served with chicken, beef, lamb, or seafood, and it would be really fantastic with just about any curry dish. (In the cookbook, she recommends pairing Shrimp in Aromatic Tomato Sauce with this rice dish.)

 Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts, Pictured with Shrimp in Aromatic Tomato Sauce, another recipe from An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.

 

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

ROZ MLOW’WAN

Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic:  Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky (Tuttle Publishing; Nov. 2012); reprinted with permission.

Serves 4 to 6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes to let the rice sit after cooking

 

1½ cups (325 g) basmati rice, rinsed

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons pine nuts

1 onion, finely diced

4 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)

1¾ cups (425 ml) boiling water

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon saffron threads (or ½ teaspoon turmeric)

 

  1. Soak the rice in tepid water for 10 minutes; drain. While the rice is soaking, put half a kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Add the oil to a medium, thick-bottomed lidded saucepan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer the pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the onion to the saucepan you cooked the pine nuts in, and cook until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the sultanas, boiling water, salt, and saffron (or turmeric), turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil.
  4. Give the rice a stir, then cover the saucepan, turn the heat down to very low, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes (do not open the lid during this time). Turn the heat off and let the rice sit (covered) 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the toasted pine nuts on top; serve.

 

OPTIONAL Add two pods of cardamom, two whole cloves, and one 2-inch (5 cm) piece of cinnamon stick at the same time that you add the rice.

Mixed White and Yellow Rice

 VARIATION

Mixed White and Yellow Rice

Serves 4 to 6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes to let the rice sit after cooking

 

1½ cups (325 g) uncooked basmati rice, rinsed

2 tablespoons oil

1 onion, finely diced

1 bay leaf

2 whole cloves

2 pods cardamom, cracked open

2 whole peppercorns

¾ teaspoon salt

1¾ cups (425 ml) boiling water

1-2 pinches saffron threads or ½ teaspoon turmeric dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

 

  1. Soak the rice in tepid water for 10 minutes; drain. While the rice is soaking, put half a kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Add the oil to a medium, thick-bottomed lidded saucepan, cover and place over moderately high heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rice, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and salt, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the boiling water to the rice, turn heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil. Give it a stir, cover the pot, turn heat down to very low, and cook 10 minutes (don’t open the lid during this time).
  4. After the rice is cooked, let the pot sit with the lid on for 15 minutes, then fluff the rice with a fork. Transfer 1/3 of the rice to a separate bowl.
  5. Stir the saffron or turmeric-colored water into 1/3 of the rice (the rice will turn yellow). Mix together the yellow rice and white rice; serve.
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14 Responses to “Congrats to my Friend Faith on her Published Cookbook!”

  1. 1

    Mari @ Mari's Cakes — November 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    Congratulations to Faith! It looks like a wonderful book. I love what I have seen so far, the rice dishes look amazing! Julie, you and your recipes are dearly missed, but we also understand that you definitely need the rest. Have a fantastic weekend.

    Hugs

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    anniebakes — November 9, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    This cookbook looks wonderful, how exciting for your friend! I will be heading there right now, anne

  3. 3

    Julia — November 9, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Wow this cookbook looks wonderful. I am going to have to get my hands on this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4

    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — November 9, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    The book looks gorgeous and this recipe, delicious! Hope you’re feeling well. Hang in there!

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    angela@spinachtiger — November 10, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    Yea for Faith and all her supporters here.

  6. 6

    Faith — November 10, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Julie, I can’t thank you enough for participating in something that is so close to my heart. You are so sweet, my friend, and I am honored by your beautiful post. xo

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    Alysha @ Shesontherun — November 12, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Congrats to Faith! Her cookbook looks gorgeous and I’m sure would be a wonderful addition to any cook’s collection.

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    grace — November 12, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    keep on keepin’ on, julie! :)

  9. 9

    Katerina — November 13, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    It was such a fun party! Congrats to Faith! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book!

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    Susan @ SwoonMySpoon — November 29, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    This book looks fabulous and will look even better in my library! Can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

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    Jen M O — November 29, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    What exciting news about your friend! Congratulations to her. The book looks great and we love rice. Also, congrats to you on your fourth little one. I always needed a lot of sleep.

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    Aggie — December 18, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    I’ve been hearing and seeing lots of good stuff from this book! This rice looks amazing.

    Hope you are doing well! :)

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    Sara Jessica — January 17, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Congratulations to your friend for her new book. It seems like you haven’y posted anything has been a while, looking forward to your next posts, since I am new to your blog.

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    Anastasia Healthy Mama Info. — February 19, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    This recipe is quick and easy! Not to mention, the pine nuts are a great addition to the dish because they add so much flavor and are high in Vitamin A & building up our immunity. Great, easy recipe! Thanks:)

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