I have been reading Faith’s blog, An Edible Mosaic, for quite some time. I love her unique recipes, beautiful pictures, and sweet personality. On her about me page, she explains the mission of her blog:
“At An Edible Mosaic, we believe that food plays a tremendous role in our daily lives. In its basic form, food nourishes us, sustains us, and fuels us; it’s what keeps our minds focused and attentive and our bodies running smoothly. But food is so much more than that. Food is how we celebrate (birthday cake), how we spend time with our families and friends (Sunday suppers), and how we express our culture and traditions (what would Thanksgiving be without turkey or Ramadan be without lentil soup?). An Edible Mosaic is a true celebration of food itself.”
Love! Faith has come out with an amazing cook book,An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. The book 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.The book can be purchased online here and here.
The cover makes me hungry ;). Faith gave a bundle of lucky bloggers the opportunity to test out one of the recipes from the book, Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts:
Don’t you want to just dive into that picture?? After you check out the recipe below, head over to Faith’s blog to see her virtual book launch party to see the other bloggers who are participating. Also, as a part of her virtual book launch, Faith is hosting a giveaway of a fabulous set of prizes. Go Enter!!
Faith’s original recipe is as follows:
Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
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.
I had to make a couple changes to the recipe…because I was out of basmati rice and pine nuts (doh!). I cooked up Arborio rice and used toasted slivered almonds in place of the pine nuts. The texture turned out different than Faith’s, but the flavor was just AWESOME!!
To make it a full meal, I stirred in shredded rotisserie chicken and cooked peas. SO yum!
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Faith!!