June 2017 Cooking Challenge: Saffron

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  1. morning glory

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    Spices haven't featured often as the theme of the challenge. So I thought I should address that and I've chosen one of my favourite spices: saffron. It's well known that saffron is the most expensive of spices because its harvesting is so laborious. But you don't need to use very much to transform a dish. Its a very versatile spice too; it works as well in desserts as in savoury dishes. 

    So I'm looking forward to your ideas and inventions using this wonderful exotic spice.

    A reminder of the rules (I had to remind myself so thought it worth posting them again!)

    Guidelines

    -    The challenge begins on the 1st  of every month and the last entry must be made by the last day of the month.

    -    You may post multiple entries.

    -    All entries must be cooked during the month of the challenge.

    -    If you use a documented recipe, please cite your source.

    -    Entries should include the name of your dish and a picture of the final product.  Sharing personal recipes and pictures of the process are not mandatory but extremely helpful.

    -    The winner is chosen by the person who posted the challenge, and is announced after the last day of submissions.  The decision is final and falls entirely at the discretion of the challenger.

    -    Submitting an entry makes you eligible to win. If you do not wish to be considered for the win you may still participate in the challenge, but make your wishes known to the challenger.

     

     

    The winner’s bounty includes praise, virtual high-fives, and the responsibility of posting the next month’s challenge.  That entails choosing a theme, posting a Challenge thread that includes the guidelines, checking in on the submissions regularly during the month, and promptly choosing a winner at the end of the challenge.
     
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  2. koukouvagia

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    Ooooo, how very mediterranean!
     
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  3. morning glory

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    ...or Middle Eastern or Indian... /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  4. phatch

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    My wife has asked me to recreate a saffron heavy dish from Layla's Mediterranean Grill. 
    Here's a picture from Zomato


    Have to see what I can come up with. I'll likely add more vegetable content just because my wife asked for that too. So I guess it's not strictly a recreation. 
     
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  5. butzy

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    I won't be very active is this challenge /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crying.gif

    I have never seen saffron here....

    The only real yellow stuff we got here is turmeric......

    I will be checking the other submissions though!

    Good luck everyone /img/vbsmilies/smilies/chef.gif
     
  6. peachcreek

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    PTS Potato-Tomato With Saffron Soup. This is a soup recipe from the old days of my restaurant. I always enjoyed a good soupy acronym. I left out onions and garlic on purpose for this group (They were following a specific diet). Adding a cup of diced onions and a few cloves of chopped garlic  add depth to the flavor.

    PTS: 2 lbs potatoes, washed and cubed, 1 cup diced carrots, 1 cup chopped cabbage, 2- #6 cans San Marzano tomatoes, 2 qts vegetable stock, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, Salt & pepper, saffron, dash nutmeg, oil to saute veggies, 1 1/2 tsp dry Herbs De Provence. Saute carrots and cabbage till soft. Crush in tomatoes, add vegetable stock, potatoes, saffron and Herbs. Simmer till potatoes are soft. Add basil for last 15 minutes. Adjust flavor for salt, pepper. Add nutmeg last.

    This is an old recipe of mine. I'm not entering it into the actual June challenge b/c I make this soup all the time. And this photo is about a year old.
     
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  7. morning glory

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    It looks very good - I'll look forward to seeing your version.
     
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  8. morning glory

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    Oh - sorry! It didn't occur to me that you wouldn't be able to get it. I hope this doesn't apply to too many others here.
     
  9. peachcreek

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    Bad photo/good soup.

    Cream of Butternut Squash and Almond Soup, with Saffron.

    Basically I sauteed garlic, onions, roasted red pepper, added the saffron, added baked butternut squash, vegetable stock  then pureed. I then added almond milk and some almond flour to get the creamy texture. I think for seasoning I hit  it with some grated nutmeg, salt, pepper, thyme and maybe a splash of soy.  I  finish with a squeeze of lemon and a splash of maple syrup..This is also an old photo. Its from last Fall.
     
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  10. flipflopgirl

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    OMG @Peachcreek that soup sounds awesome.
    Bet I could prolly dispatch that entire pan full.
    Not all at once but I do have a couple of great hiding places... like the raw veg drawer lol.
    Yum.

    mimi
     
  11. summer57

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    Ironically, although I can get any ingredient, however esoteric, from Asia, Southeast Asia, Indian, South African, Japan - you name it -- I haven't found any saffron. Even the big Indian spice markets (mostly Punjabi) don't carry it.  I'll have to venture farther afield.  I will find it, it just isn't easy.
     
  12. planethoff

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    After seeing this, I thought about shipping some to you, but the expense to get it to you on time was a bit too much.  oh well.
     
  13. butzy

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    That is so nice!

    Thanks so much for the though /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif

    I will actually be taking a break this month and I'll be of to the Netherlands.

    So who knows?

    I might even cook up a storm there!
     
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    Hey @Butzy, when are you going to be in Holland? If it's in July you would be welcome to come visit us here in Sweden. Göteborg is a short plane ride from Holland and we're have a pig roast on the 8th. I'm sure we can find a place for you to crash here and enjoy some 20 hour days.
     
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    @Lagom:

    That would have been a great plan, except that I will have left again by then.

    Thanks for the offer.

    Luckily, even Holland should have some long daylight hours. Hopefully a bit of sun as well, and I can have a couple of beers in the evening sun /img/vbsmilies/smilies/drinkbeer.gif
     
  16. koukouvagia

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    @butzy can you order some?
     
  17. butzy

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    @Koukouvagia:

    I possibly could, but generally shipment costs are prohibitive and general mail is very slow and not reliable.

    Besides that, I will actually be away for most of the month.

    @all:

    thanks for all your interest and help!

    As said: I may just decide to make a saffron dish while on holiday.....
     
  18. eastshores

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    @butzy I had the same thought as @Planethoff and it sounds like you are busy anyway this month. If you aren't and you want to participate, let me know. My research leads me to believe I can saffron in your hands in 5 maybe 6 days lol

    You've been such a pervasive participant in these challenges.. I feel obligated to ensure if you would like to enter you can.
     
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  19. koukouvagia

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    At least now you know that you need to bring saffron back with you from wherever you're going on holiday.

    Thankfully I have a good friend that travels a lot to morocco and always brings me back saffron. Though I don't cook with it much. Time to get creative.
     
  20. peachcreek

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    I met a woman from Iran who was telling me about how she prepared saffron.

    She took the strands and put them in a mortar and pestle with some sugar, using the sugar as grit to powder the saffron.

    So I added that to my set of saffron handling skills.

    Anyone else have any helpful hints?