Citrus Mint Salad & A Cookbook Giveaway!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Where Women Celebrate Cookbook

Thank you everyone for your get well wishes. It was a slow cooking/blogging week. Perfect opportunity to tell you about a project I was thrilled to be part of earlier last year. Along with some pretty awesome authors, photographers, bloggers, crafters, I was asked by the magazine Where Women Cook, to be part of their book project, "Where Women Cook: Celebrate!". The book is a collection of women's stories on how they celebrate and gather the people they love around them.

The instant I read the first lines of the project, I knew I wanted to tell the story of how my grandmother used to celebrate. Above all the traits I inherited from her, this is by far the strongest one. The project was easy: tell with pictures and a few recipes your favorite way to celebrate, how you gather the people you love ad create lasting memories.

Tthe theme I chose to feature and photograph was the same one my grandmother would pick for family gathering: a Berber Couscous with merguez sausages, stewed veggies, chicken and mutton. Plenty of couscous and harissa to go around too. Both my grandparents were in Morocco for a extensive period of time, ten years apart, both my parents were born there, ten years apart. Moroccan cuisine is very much part of my family coding. It's celebration food for us.

Where Women Celebrate Cookbook

My friend John at Lana Restaurant provided all the bistro bowls, silverware and napkins I needed. We set out a pretty table with flowers in mason jars and lots of natural twine.

Where Women Celebrate Cookbook

We strung some lights across the trees and all over the yard.

Where Women Celebrate Cookbook

The girls got busy making pretty flower arrangements while I was finishing cooking and John was grilling. The other guys in the group got busy with quality control and opening wine bottles.

Where Women Celebrate Cookbook

We sat down by the water and cheered, laughed, ate well, raised our glasses and polished off many servings of couscous. My grandmother would have been proud of us!

Saffron Honey Ice Cream

We took a break, played some silly games and found some room for Honey Saffron Ice Cream and Cardamon Shortbread Cookies.

Where Women Celebrate Cookbook

Fanny and Patrick from Bin 152 provided much of the wines and we lingered at the dinner table and watched the sun set over the water. We talked for hours and I completely forgot to serve a family favorite palate cleanser, a Citrus Mint Salad.

Citrus Mint Salad

So here it is. The one recipe that never made it into the cookbook, my grandmother's super easy refreshing Citrus Mint Salad (check at the end of the post).

For the Berber Couscous and the Honey Saffron Ice Cream & Cardamom Cookies recipes, I encourage you to check out the book, "Where Woman Cook: Celebrate!". You will also be able to discover some of the amazing women who participated in the project such as Ree of Pioneer Woman, Angie of Bakerella, and Molly of Orangette.

You could also...enter a giveaway to win a copy of the book, right?! Well, here it is! I am indeed giving away one copy of "Where Women Cook: Celebrate!". All you have to do to enter is leave a comment to this post, between Friday March 30th and Monday April 2nd, midnight Eastern Standard time when a winner will be picked at random. And yes, I will ship overseas.
Just a few guidelines: no anonymous comments, one comment per person and prize must be claimed within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

Citrus And Mint Salad:

Serves 4

1 pink grapefruit
1 white grapefruit
1 large orange
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
3 tablespoons honey

Supreme the pink and white grapefruit as well as the orange. (here are great instructions on how to supreme citrus)
Place the fruit segments with the mint and honey in a non reactive bowl and let sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Divide among bowls or ramekins, adding some of the natural juices over the fruit.

273 comments:

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Jody said...

This recipe sounds lovely! I'd love a copy of this book. I'm always astounded by the talents of women, and love when they are celebrated.

lisa said...

love the sharp colours & warmth of the setting :)

Anya said...

Beautiful projects and wonderful (like always) images!

Maja said...

I just got Plate to Pixel and finished it in one day. I LOVE IT!
Today I was putting some of your advice into practice and got a cheap foam board bouncer. Thank you so much!!

venita said...

The dinner table looked fabulous.. it's been a while since I hosted one and am inspired to do that soon. Would love to try the cardamom cookie recipe.

Anonymous said...

I,d loVe to add this to my collection

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vytran said...

The salad looks so refreshing!

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Tia Maria said...

Oh, so beautiful! I love entertaining in the garden in Spring. It would be nice to try some new recipes from the book...hope I win!

anita said...

What a great giveaway! I want the citrus mint salad now!The book sounds amazing!

Courtney said...

Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cathy Ann said...

I am so excited! I just found your blog and I love it and your wonderful recipes. You are now in my favorites.

Jessica said...

I love the outdoor meal, everything looks so delicious!

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

princeznaandrea said...

I would loooove to win this book. the idea is so lovely!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh,what a lovely meal! Delicious food, beautiful place... Perfect, Helen!

Brittany said...

Pick me!!

Adi said...

Thank for the giveaway! As always, your pictures are beautiful!
adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

Magda said...

Pick me, pick me :)
Beautiful photos

Sharyn Dimmick said...

If your celebration featured here is an example of the celebrations in the book when I would love to receive a copy. My mint is doing rather well, so it might be time for a version of your citrus-mint salad soon.

Amanda said...

I'd love to wine a copy of the book!

April Levine said...

I love the concept of sharing your family's traditions and culture with friends like you did in the photo shoot and for the cookbook. Everything looks lovely- I look forward to trying out the recipes.

Cindy J said...

OOOH - Honey Saffron Ice Cream and Cardamom Shortbread? I'm drooling!

Photos look lovely - how could we wrangle an invite to the next event?!

Eva @ Eva Bakes said...

I would love to win this giveaway!

Michelle Foo said...

Greetings all the way from Malaysia. I read all your posts and they are wonderful! You've got some great photography skills as well. Really hoping to get that book so I can try out more fabulous recipes :P

Dahlia said...

I love your recipes and would love to win a copy of the cookbook!

Lidia said...

I am a new subscriber to your blog and I love it!
I would love to have a taste of your couscous.

Rhonda said...

I recently just bought my first copy of Where Women Cook magazine. It was such a lovely find, so inspiring to me. Love your decorations and meal sounds fabulous! Even if I don't win a copy of the book, I'll surely be buying it.

permitat2420 said...

I adore your blog and would love to learn how to create beautiful desserts just like you do! Thanks for always making me salivate with your delicious pictures. ;)

Carolyn McGann said...

That one recipe sounds worth the book. Can't wait to see what else is in there!

Amy said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

Keli said...

I've had this book on my wish list for quite some time. It would be even sweeter if I won it! :)

Jayne said...

I just know the book would be fabulous. Vibes from great cooks... always welcomed. :-)

Catharine said...

Would love to win!

Crumbs N Crust said...

Hi

I would love to win this lovely cookbook.

Thank you for the giveaway.

Blessings
Christine

Lana Albers said...

What an exciting project. Would love the cookbook.

The Brewer & The Baker said...

What a beautiful concept for a book! I always love hearing stories from friends about how their families celebrate.

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olivia said...

Thank you for such beautiful recipes. We had a beautiful Sunday brunch, my son and his beloved Sofia searching for Rolly-Polly's in the Californian sunlight. I baked Bacon and Onion Quiche, cupcakes and Blueberry pound cake. All of which were delicious and made my kitchen smell my childhood.
A lovely gift-thank you.

Miia said...

I would love to win that book! :)

Natalia said...

This post reminded me of all the great times I have had with friends and family centered around food! I would love to win a copy of the book, so I can get some new inspiration for once my thesis has been handed in, and I can return to cooking :-)
As always your photos really capture the ambiance:)
Best,
Natalia

Marisa said...

Thank you for your blog, an inspiration for me, an Spanish girl that love to see your pictures and writings.

Melanie said...

What a beautiful book!!

Holly said...

The dinner party looks like it was a wonderful time! Need to get the book (winning or buying) so I can get the couscous recipe. A question - My husband lived in France for a while and complains that our couscous over here (US) is no where near as light & fluffy as what we get over there (France). Is is actually different, or is there a different cooking method? Thanks for any advice!

Helene said...

Holly: yes, the difference comes from the fact that we steam it in France which keeps it fluffier than the boiling water - dump the couscous and let sit covered. My friends here always think I am crazy for steaming it until they eat it :)

silarem said...

Sounds like a great book to have. Sharing memories through food is truly a celebration.

Melissa Marco said...

That ice cream looks and sounds fabulous! I'll be needing to win this book to try it I think!

Megan B said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jules said...

I just found your macaron recipes and I think I'm in heaven. I'd love to see what you bring to the table in the cookbook!

neelywang said...

Wonderful book idea! I love hearing people's stories!

Tami V. said...

So completely beautiful, from the pops of color in the flowers to the lovely aroma of saffron and cardamon that float in my head as I read it; I can't wait to see the whole cookbook. Thanks!

emily380 said...

The setting for that meal was FANTASTIC! I love eating al fresco. And, the food sounded tasty, as well.

PaulaW said...

I am stealing your idea for flowers in canning jars for my family reunion party this summer. What a lovely idea for the book.

Gosai said...

I'd love to win your book, it's awesome just like your photos :) greetings from Poland!

Erica | cupcakes and coffee breaks said...

I really love the strung up mason jars, they're so cute and summery

Ellobie said...

Oooo! Cookbooks! The salad doesn't sound too shabby either. :)

Sandie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The books sounds fantastic

Trudi S. said...

Great pictures and delicious food!

Kepa said...

This sound like a perfect party, wich such a pretty setting. I would recommend trying the merguez from Fatted Calf in San Francisco, these are the best I ever had.

Rachel said...

This book looks wonderful! If I don't win, I certainly will have to buy a copy!

The.Richards.Website@gmail.com said...

This is exactly the type of recipe I was looking for to make for my friends who will be visiting this weekend. So, thanks for the recipe and I'm anxious to make it!

Bree said...

Gorgeous pictures! I just ordered this book :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love the "Where Women Cook" magazines...

The mint salad looks wonderful, just in time for spring!

Jenny @ BAKE said...

What a gorgeous recipe! I went to Morocco last year and loved it! I can't wait to go back!

Deborah said...

Would really love to win this looks full of inspration

Ashley said...

Love the beautiful, simple decorations. The couscous sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

KarenLana said...

I've never had citrus and mint together - it sounds delicious. Thank you for the lovely book giveaway!

Chris McLean said...

Love your inspiring blog! Would love to win the book.

bettyc said...

I am currently 27 weeks pregnant and if I could I would eat nothing but oranges all day long. Citrus is the only fruit I want right now! This salad looks so simple and perfect. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Lauren said...

This looks amazing!!! I love the idea and great recipes.

Gloria said...

We love to celebrate with food! My kids have their special requests for each holiday. Mostly they ask for my mom's recipes, so I have started letting them prepare the dishes to make sure the legacy continues!

Joyce said...

I would be thrilled to get picked for the amazing giveaway. :)

dannie said...

Food. Photography. And writing. Sigghhh. Every time I get an update from your blog, I lose a good half hour of my working day in day dreams and acute hunger pangs :)

Gaia said...

love simple salads like this one!

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