quarta-feira, fevereiro 06, 2008

I have lately been obsessed with saffron. (I know there is a song in here somewhere) I had never bothered to buy it, not having any experience with it, and my general spice shelf never went that far into the realm of exotic (read: garlic, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, rosemary, oregano, etc), but starving late one night at a friends house where pizza had been ordered and everyone was happily eating (I am allergic to tomatoes, for those who don't know), I decided to eat an experimental concoction consisting of spaghetti, butter, black pepper, and saffron. Lo and behold, I have found a new unique flavor. I started putting it in everything I cook that is boring. The bad result of this is that it makes me want to eat more because it tastes good. I know you know this problem. I have a similar relationship to fresh garlic - if I can still taste it in my mouth or smell it in the air, I become an eating machine. I blame my vacation weight gain on this spice. .... Well, that and acarajé.

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pamo disse...

amen on the saffron. i'm obsessed as well. if you add it to homemade pasta it's the best. the only problem is here it is about $7 for a pinch.....so my obsession is in check.

sheila disse...

inspired by you, i added saffron to my red lentils last night. not a success. they tasted kinda plastic-y.

AkuTyger disse...

Saffron seems to be more for starches. I add it to my fried rice (white rice, peas, carrots, egg, and some random kind of meat or tofu and soy sauce) and if you get the right balance of soy versus saffron, it's great. So good it's like there's MSG in it - you keep eating more and more (actually, there might be MSG in the soy, now that I think about it).

Saffron is R$7 for a test tube sized bottle (my fine spices only come in test tubes, at least, that is all I can find here) - about $4 USA. I guess I am lucky. Next time I come up, maybe I'll buy a bunch and mail it to you in Utah, Pam.

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