Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

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I have a very special post for you today. My friend Faith Gorsky from An Edible Mosaic just had her first cookbook released: An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. I’m excited to be participating in her virtual book launch party and sharing a recipe from the book! And let me tell you, this recipe is a real treat!


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. Faith has a pretty unique story…after getting married Faith 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, Faith is hosting a giveaway of a fabulous set of 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. 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, Faith recommends pairing Shrimp in Aromatic Tomato Sauce with this rice dish.)


 Programming at the hospital has picked up speed…big time. Yesterday, I spent 4 1/2 hours in group education and 90 minutes in a one-on-one session. So much diabetes education going on and I love it. Sadly, all things were going wrong and hectic in the kitchen, but…hey, that’s the name of the game. I went straight from after work diabetes programming to my hockey game that was over an hour away. Luckily, I scored a goal…and we won. But regardless, you never regret a workout, right? Right. So I will be doing just that after work today!

On schedule for the weekend is nothing more than football, chili, running, and bake sale preparations for next week. I may even feel so inspired that I just may start my Christmas shopping! That is my kind of weekend! :-D



  1. I love Middle Eastern food! I tried to find more info on her cookbook on Amazon but it doesn’t have the ‘look inside’ function – do you know how vegetarian friendly the book is? Most cookbooks are 50%+ meat centric so I usually pass but I’d love to wishlist this one for Christmas!

  2. Wowza, Christmas shopping so soon!? Yeah, I guess it’s that time isn’t it? Exciting!
    This recipe sounds wonderful. I made my first saffron rice last year around this time, and it was a huge hit in this house. I love the addition of pinenuts to this one. Yum yum! I’m going to slowly get Nick obsessed with Middle-Eatern food :)

  3. congrats to Faith! I am looking forward to your launch Nicole! xxoo

  4. Middle Eastern is probably my favorite ethnic cuisine – I can’t get enough! I’d love to have a cookbook full of Middle Eastern recipes on my shelf – this looks delicious!

  5. I hate how many years I shunned ethnic food because I thought I wouldn’t like it – phooey! This looks amazing – and my SIL willl like it too!

    Hooray for scoring another goal – you are on fire with this team! :D Fingers crossed Illini comes through for you tomorrow!

  6. I saw another review of this book – it sounds fantastic.

  7. This is definitely a dish we’d love! This cookbook sounds amazing!

  8. Thank you so much for participating in my event, Nicole! Truly means the world to me, my friend. xo


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