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  • 3 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 cups couscous (about 12 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 5), divided
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted, divided

Recipe Preparation

  • Bring broth, 2 tablespoons butter, saffron, and 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt to boil in heavy large saucepan, stirring to melt butter. Remove from heat. Mix in couscous. Cover and let stand until all liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork. Mix in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and half of green onions and nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mound in bowl. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and nuts.

Recipe by Betty Rosbottom,Reviews Section

Spinach salad with strawberries & poppy seed dressing

Happy Spring! My mom’s Spinach salad with strawberries & poppy seed dressing is a great way to celebrate the season. It’s impossible not to crack a smile as you dig in. It’s bright, colorful and oh-so cheerful.

My Mother, who is famous for so many health-flourishing recipes, made me this salad once as a kick-off day to a cleansing Diet-Week. Hallelujah! If all diets could be so nice — Spinach salad with strawberries will re-calibrate your road to better health with ease. Because of you, strawberries, I will eat spinach every day!

I dress this salad with a vinaigrette made with Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar. (A sweet vinegar, like balsamic, also works.) The strawberries love it. A little lemon and mustard to balance the sweetness, and it’s a home run.

I never tire of eating salads, especially since the varieties are endless. If you require more complexity, or you just want to mix it up, you’ve got options! Add to the base of Spinach salad with strawberries these options: thinly shaved fennel, cucumber slices, stips of avocado, or springtime chive blossoms.

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Pure Spanish Saffron Powder

Pure Spanish Saffron Powder by OliveNation is 100 percent authentic Spanish Saffron powder. Featuring a distinctive flavor, aroma, and color, some culinary creations just wouldn't be the same without it. Use Saffron Powder in savory dishes like paella, risotto, and bouillabaisse. Or, make a saffron powder-infused dessert. OliveNation offers two options for Saffron Powder for your convenience. You can select a single 0.12 gram package or a bulk quantity of fifty 0.12 gram packs.

Pure Spanish Saffron Powder by OliveNation is Category 1 and SOIVRE certified by Spanish authorities. This confirms that the saffron was harvested using the highest standards, without dyes or artificial ingredients.

What is saffron? Harvested from the crocus, saffron threads are the dried stigmas of the flower. Saffron is prized for its unique flavor, wonderful aroma, and distinct color. Many delicious dishes throughout the world feature saffron as the key ingredient.

What&rsquos the difference between Saffron Powder and Threads? Pure Spanish Saffron Powder by OliveNation is made from ground saffron threads. There&rsquos an advantage to using Saffron Powder. While saffron threads require steeping to release their flavor, powder can be used immediately.

How do you use Saffron Powder: When cooking with Saffron Powder, season with only a pinch of the spice. Too much saffron can overpower a dish.

Why is saffron so expensive? Some compare saffron to gold and for good reason. The harvesting of saffron is very labor intensive. Each crocus flower produces only three stigmas. It takes thousands of them to produce one ounce of saffron. Just imagine that each one of those stigma threads has to be hand picked! Though Saffron Powder is one of the more expensive spices, a little goes a long way. Steer clear of discounted saffron as it could be an imposter or lesser quality saffron.

What are some recipes that use Saffron Powder?
Saffron is used in many different cuisines, especially in rice dishes. While the recipes below call for saffron threads, you can substitute with Saffron Powder. Remember for best results, use saffron sparingly.

&bull Risotto alla Milanese
&bull Phirni Rice Pudding
&bull Persian Roasted Chicken with Dried Cherry-Saffron Rice
&bull Saffron Scented Couscous with Pine Nuts

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Fruit Tea Loaf

The loaf is easy to make and is perfect with a cuppa or toasted and spread with butter for breakfast.

1 cup hot black tea
2 1/4 cups mixed dried fruit
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
pinch cloves
1 egg

Stir together the tea, dried fruit and brown sugar in a large bowl. Cover and leave to macerate overnight.

Heat the oven to 325°F. Grease a standard loaf tin and line it with a strip of parchment paper.

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cloves together, then stir into the fruit mixture. Add the egg, then scrape into the tin. Bake for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack.

Beets and bites

If you haven't noticed by now, I love Nigella Lawson's recipes. When piled up on a giant platter, this delicious rice dish evokes the experience of dining cross-legged on a carpeted floor somewhere in Turkey. (No, this is not authentically Turkish/Middle Eastern. Just authentically yummy.) When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it because it combined so many of my favourite ingredients: basmati rice, pine nuts, almonds, and saffron. I added a handful of raisins to the rice because I love how they plump up and sweeten the rice.

This is a very aromatic dish. The warmth of the spices in the chicken and the rice mingle with the buttery nuttiness of toasted nuts and the fresh resinousness of cilantro. It made me hungry just smelling it.

I have not tried marinating chicken in yogurt before making this, and I must say that it really works. The yogurt tenderizes the chicken and keeps it moist while cooking, and its natural sugars caramelize in the pan without the use of excessive oil.

If you'd like to take an express mid-week vacation, here's the recipe for:

Saffron Scented Chicken Pilaf:

500 g boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
200g Greek yogurt
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
1 L chicken broth
15 g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
500 g basmati rice
(A handful of raisins, optional)
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
50 g flaked almonds, toasted
25 g pine nuts, toasted
Large handful of cilantro, chopped

Recipe Summary

  • ⅛ teaspoon powdered saffron
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice, not rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Steep the saffron in 1/2 cup boiling water.

In a skillet that can be tightly covered, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the rice and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the rice begins to absorb the butter and becomes opaque, but do not brown the rice.

Quickly pour in the remaining 1 1/2 cups boiling water along with the saffron water. Cover immediately, reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. For best results, do not remove the lid while the rice is cooking.

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Aziza Again – The Slanted Door of Moroccan Food

I had no intention about posting about Aziza today. It has been well covered on the board. Also I’m in a little bit of a life burn out so I went in as citizen Krys rather than chowhound Krys.

However, there are a few things that have not been reported on the board, at least not recently.

Also, Aziza appeals to the part of me that loves to hear all the details about the food and my wonderful server, Max, kept me informed and entertained all night. So I’m sharing some of those Moroccan restaurant tales with chowhounds.

Aziza is a FANTASTIC answer to the often asked Chowhound question “What restaurant has a private dining room”.

IMO, when someone asks for a romantic restaurant, Aziza is a good answer. Dimly lit, with flickering mosaic candles there are also some little nooks where it is very private.

As to the private room, the back of Aziza has a room that seats about 35. Each or all of the three rooms can be reserved for groups of 20 to 130. Semi private dining can be arranged for groups of 8 to 20 people. There are pictures of all rooms and more info on the Aziza website. Although closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the restaurant can be booked for parties all seven days.

The check came with a card that said “It’s never too early to book your holiday event”. With a recent Chowhound question about where to eat for Thanksgiving, it may be time to think about those office holiday parities.

The dinner starts with a complementary dish of warm olives and nuts. A nice touch is that the iced water is lightly flavored with cucumber. It is very refreshing.

Even the bread had a story. There is a big bowl with pieces of white bread which I would have thought was a French type of bread. It turns out this is the type of bread that is eaten by all classes in Morocco.

Max said that many people are poor, so there is not a lot of meat with meals. Typically food is eaten from the outside of the plate to the center. So the bread is very porous to sop up the sauces. By the time the center of the plate is ready to be eaten, people are full and the small portion of meat is satisfying and enough.

According to Max, the man who makes the bread once did some cooking for the King of Morocco. There was something about going out to the dessert, but unfortunately I didn’t have my chowhound hat on. I took the remaining bread home. After all, you can’t have bread fit for a king just tossed.

The meal included a complementary palate cleanser, a light lavender honey sherbet on top of a bed of tea granite that reminded me of eating fresh snow it was so light in texture. It was garnished with fresh mint leaves.

Max said this was one of the original desserts on the menu. The regular customers sometimes ask for it and so it is available on request along with a few other favorite dishes. Reading through some of the reviews on the website, the sherbet might be made of lebne, a type of yogurt. I’m not sure if this is still true.

The delicate Bateeya which a NY Times review correctly calls “ethereal”. is a MUST ORDER dish. Paired with the suggested Riesling it is probably one of the best dishes in San Francisco.

Max said the Riesling was “almost like an ingredient of the Bateeya”. No kidding. The flavors were a major symphony of tastes, playing off, and enhancing each other.

Aziza uses one of the same wine buyers that Slanted Door users. Mark Ellenberger is responsible for the wine list which is selected to complement the food. The site says that “he conducts extensive training with all staff members, so as a result, servers are never tentative in recommending wines”

As all of the dishes it was beautifully presented with ‘Aziza’ spelled out in cinnamon on the plate of the Bateeya.

I actually liked the Riesling quite a lot by itself. I told Max that he made an excellent choice and I usually don’t like Riesling. He was very knowledgeable about this variety and talked about what made a good Riesling. Sorry, I didn’t have my chowhound hat on so I don’t have the details and don’t remember which Riesling it was.

Another great fact is that you can order half glasses for half price.

The other MUST ORDER dish is the steamed aromatic saffron scented couscous. The stewed lamb another poster suggested was as great as described in the link below, but that couscous was amazing. I don’t even like couscous. In the center there are seven seasonal vegetables, raisins, toasted almonds and chickpeas. There was a small dish of harissa, a Tunisian-style hot sauce made with hot chilies, garlic, cumin, coriander, caraway and olive oil.

The website says “Aziza is not the average plateful of hard, chewy granules that many restaurants serve instead, Lahlou rolls the grain repeatedly and soaks it in vegetable stock to make it fluffy and appetizing”. That is an understatement. Max said that the restaurant starts making it in the morning.

One review said the couscous is made by “hand rolling it three times and steaming it again and again, a process that takes six hours. In the end, the tiny bits of semolina are as light as air”

This is also a great restaurant for both vegetarians and meat eaters. The Bateeya come in a vegetarian version.

They recently added a lovely new dessert to the menu which had a goat cheese cheesecake with chopped pistachios and Frog Hollow peaches. The whole dessert was great, but those peaches were outsanding. They were warm and exquisitely complemented the cheesecake. Those warm peaches were so good by themselves.

Janet Rikala Dalton recently became the pastry chef. Most recently she was the consulting pastry chef at Town Hall restaurant. Other Chowhound posts have raved about the carrot cake.

The nightly menus are printed from the website. That means if you go on line, you will see exactly what is being served. More restaurants should have current menus on their websites.

Although the link below suggests ordering a la carte, my own opinion is to go with the tasting menu. It includes a single Bateeya instead of a full order of two. This is nice if dining alone. Also, you can choose any entrée or dessert with the appetizer being the chef’s choice. I also had a choice of the soup on the menu or the special corn soup that night.

And speaking of appetizers, it was Mediterranean spreads with outstanding house made hot from the grill flat bread. I have never had better flat bread any where. The spreads were light mousses with intense flavor. They included roasted pepper and pomegranate mousse, balsamic eggplant mousse and yogurt dill mousse. These were in a class by themselves and had nothing to do with any Mid-Eastern type of spread. Again, sorry, didn’t have my chowhound hat on, but this is only the top level of ingredients. Max recited a list of intriguing spices and ingredients in each of the mousses.

Nice list of interesting drinks which someone mentioned in another post. The ginger and pear cocktail surprisingly went well with the corn soup. The list of cocktails is on the website. Aziza is noted nationally for its creative cocktail list.

One other HIGHLY RECOMMENDED item to order that Moroccan fresh mint tea with the splash of orange blossom water.

They reserve two four seat tables in front for walk ins, So even on a busy Saturday night you can get a seat. They will also serve dinner at the bar if all else fails. A single person can order the tasting menu.

One surprise was that it was more casual than expected. Quite a few people were wearing jeans.

Parking is tight in the neighborhood, but there is a lot near by (hard to get into by time I left about at eight.) There is also valet parking available.

Aziza is at the top of my list when entertaining clients or out of town visitors. Like Slanted Door, it is upscale food using the best, largely organic, California produce and meats. Slanted Door modernized Vietnamese food and made it accessible to people unfamiliar with that cuisine. Aziza does the same for Moroccan food. Aziza is a much, much better restaurant than Slanted Door in my opinion.

It is amusing that I now consider Aziza a good example of a San Francisco restaurant like Zuni or Coco500. Cal-Moroccan, why not? As the website says of the chef/owner “Lahlou is at the forefront of a growing community of chefs who have taken the foods of their homelands into another realm through the inspired use of California's bounty.” The bio is an interesting read.

Named after his mother, Aziza Lahlou, when interviewed by 7x7 magazine, Lahlou is amused by what she might think of the updated dishes. Lahlou grinned “at the thought of her puzzled questions: "What’s a cornish hen? Why doesn’t the lamb smell like lamb? What on earth is balsamic drizzle?"

This is the first time I’ve eaten at a Moroccan restaurant and Max is reciting a special appetizer that had feta, a specific type of watermelon and bulls blood. OK. I’m thinking hmmm I’d better ask about that bull’s blood. It turned out to be a variety of beet green. Whew. I have to get back to the farmers markets more regularly.

It is wonderful that the chef shops at the Ferry Plaza market and the ingredients are identified. I like knowing Marshall honey and Frog Hollow peaches and Hoffman Ranch chicken are used. I am unhappy with the current trend that doesn’t name varieties and vendors.

Also noted in some reviews, Aziza, which opened in 2001, has improved with age. The recipes and décor have changed for the better. The vibe is Californian. The belly dancing is gone. It seems to be a smart focused restaurant. When asked by SF Magazine what his motto was, Lahlou replied “Don’t cut corners and good things will happen”

The quality is evident in every bite.

So to recap:
Private rooms available
Vegan and Vegetarian friendly and delicious
Seating available for walk ins either at two tables or at the bar
Half glasses of wine can be ordered


In a 25cm (10in) paella pan or large cast-iron frying pan, warm the oil over a medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Incorporate the saffron, dried chillies, tomatoes, and paprika. Stir in the rice and cook for 2–3 minutes.

Add the stock to the rice mixture and stir. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in the haricot beans, pigeon peas (or black-eyed beans), and kidney beans. Cover again and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Scatter the green peas across the top and cook without stirring, covered, for another 10 minutes, or until the beans and peas are warmed through. Remove from the heat.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the red pepper strips and olives evenly across the top. Cover and let the paella stand for 5 minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley, then serve.

Make it with meat – Add 225g (8oz) cooked, peeled, and de-veined prawns along with the red pepper strips in step 3.


Calories 290 Total Fat 4.5g Saturated Fat 0.5g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 260mg Total Carbohydrate 55g Dietary Fibre 6g Sugars 4g Protein 8g

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