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    I'm just mad about Saffron, Saffron's mad about me

    [Cover photo by Varsha.] Saffron, sold as either threads or powder, has a pungent, slightly bittersweet taste, which is quite intense, so that very little is needed in cooking. This is lucky because it is the world's most expensive spice (over $200 per ounce). There are several reasons for this: saffron threads are the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, each of which contains only three threads; the threads must be picked by hand; more than 75,000 flowers are required just to produce 1 lb of saffron filaments; and it has a relatively brief autumn harvesting season. Saffron is grown mainly in Iran and Spain and, in smaller amounts, in Greece, Italy, Turkey and India (the saffron of Kashmir, the most prized of all, is now mostly unavailable in the West). Most saffron sold in the U.S. is from Spain. Because so little is used in a dish, it is important that saffron be well distributed throughout the dish. The spice may simply be crumbled into sauces and soups. For other dishes, it works better to first dissolve the saffron in a small amount of liquid such as water or stock and then add to the dish. It can also be toasted before using. A pinch of saffron (1 pinch = 1/8 tsp) contains about 20 threads, and 1/2 tsp threads = 1/4 tsp saffron powder. Like most seasonings, the flavor of saffron diminishes over time, but if stored in a container with a tight lid in a cool, dry place it will keep at least 3 years; threads retain their flavor longer than powder.
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    A lovely side dish for those who like saffron. May be made with low-sodium bouillon if you wish.

    Recipe #238452

    From the New Book of Middle Eastern Food, posted for ZWT III, North Africa and the Middle East.

    Recipe #232781

    An interesting meld of Indian and Chinese cooking. My husband's cousin always makes this yummy rice for family gatherings. This is her recipe as told to me over the phone. Amounts in the ingredients are our best guesses since she doesn't measure the ingredients. I omitted the salt in the recipe because I cook low salt. You can add salt to taste at step 6. Very little is needed if you choose to add msg and bear in mind that oyster sauce usually contains some salt.

    Recipe #206272

    5 Reviews |  By Rita~

    This lovely golden Savory bread is made using Pumpkin but butternut, sweet potato, or any hard cooked squash can be used. Canned or fresh cooked. It's very lightly flavored with cinnamon and ginger. Receiving it's beautiful golden color from the squash, the saffron and turmeric. You can use saffron and or turmeric.

    Recipe #189771

    A Morrocan-inspired rice dish from the The Classic Mediterranean cookbook, with a few minor changes. This would probably taste good, too with basmati substituted for the regular white rice. Update: per the excellent suggestion of our dear Rita L, I subbed water for the broth in the original recipe. Thanks, Reets! cg

    Recipe #185203

    An Iranian omelet made with greens. May be halved. If you just slice the lettuce thinly, it can then be pulled apart into strips.

    Recipe #184430

    Years ago I was married to a Portuguese girl for 12 years, and this is a dish her mother used to make.

    Recipe #148361

    12 Reviews |  By Sudika

    This is a recipe from Kurma Das, the world best vegetarian cook. I can vouch for this dessert, it is TO DIE FOR. To many aficionados of Hare Krishna cooking worldwide, halava rates on top of the list of their favourite dishes. It's hot, buttery, sweet, flavoursome and completely satisfying, especially on a cold winter's day. In this recipe, the humble semolina teams up with the world's two most expensive spices - saffron and cardamom. Enriched with sultanas and flaked almonds, serve fluffy, plump grained halava hot with cream, custard, or as is for an epicurian experience.

    Recipe #141371

    Farm -raised snails are a burgeoning industry in New South Wales, and this is one way they are served at Lolli Redini, Simonn Hawke's restaurant in Orange. You can buy the fresh pasta--though it's quite simple to make--and cut considerable time off prep. You can also substitute fresh baby spinach for the sorrel, which is hard to find outside of farmers' markets.

    Recipe #138733

    This rice is Indian inspired and so the recipe calls for traditional basmati, but Texmati rice will give much the same effect, and in fact any white rice is good made this way. Substitute almonds for the cashews if you prefer.

    Recipe #136535

    Heres a classic Indian dessert, made with drained yogurt, cardamom, and saffron. The saffron is toasted until brittle so that you can grind it easily. If you grind your own cardamom seeds, use only a half teaspoon instead of the quantity in our recipe. Time does not include One hour refrigeration.

    Recipe #133794

    1 Reviews |  By Bobtail

    This Italian cuisine recipe was published in our local newspaper. I have yet to try it, but it sounds delicious and the photo published in the paper is mouthwatering! If you try this, I hope you enjoy it!

    Recipe #120732

    Another wonderful Andreas Viestad recipe, one of few for chicken. He adapted this one from a medieval Icelandic cookbook; the spices indicate that it probably was a dish for the wealthy. Amazingly, the amount of cinnamon is not overpowering here, and the dish is best with "skin-on" chicken. If you don't like chicken livers, substitute 1/2 chicken bouillon cube. Prep time includes a day of marinating (if you choose that option).

    Recipe #120648

    2 Reviews |  By 199949

    This creamy pudding is made even more mouthwatering when infused with a saffron flavor. It would be a perfect complement to end a traditional Indian meal.

    Recipe #114899

    88 Reviews |  By PaulaG

    This is easy, simple and wonderful. The original recipe which was printed in the Spring 2005 Penzeys catalog, calls for long-grain rice; however, I liked it much better with basmati. Also, the original recipe called for minced onion but I found it worked very well with dried onion. I indicated that the butter is optional, because I did not add it.

    Recipe #113983

    4 Reviews |  By PaulaG

    This recipe was adapted from The Gourmet Slow Cooker cookbook, hence the name. If cooked for 4 hours using bone-in chicken breasts, the chicken is tender, moist and on the bone. Serve this over a bed of saffron rice for a wonderful, flavorful meal.

    Recipe #111818

    We had this quite often during our trips to Morocco. The actual recipe is one I adapted after we came home but I think it's pretty close to what you'd get in Morocco if you went there on holiday. Serve with rice or couscous.

    Recipe #106553

    If you have never tasted homemade fishcakes you must -- the store bought ones aren't even close in taste and texture. This is one of my own recipes. I use smoked haddock because I feel it has the most flavour and a nice meaty texture for fishcakes, however you could use nearly any firm fish. I also add a few chile flakes for a bit of spice. The saffron sauce is the crowning glory, though if you don't have saffron just a cream sauce is lovely. If you have fresh parsley to hand you could add that too.

    Recipe #105708

    2 Reviews |  By chia

    These are great as tapas, or as a side dish, courtesy of Gourmet.

    Recipe #102246

    Very flavorful. Goes well with either Spanish or Mexican food.

    Recipe #99773

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