I’ve been diligently working on plans for the fourth and final
Fireside Feasts workshop out at Wyckoff this coming Thursday.
One of my tasks has been hunting down and purchasing all
the various ingredients we’ll need. Most I’ve found at local
supermarkets, but a couple were a little more illusive, namely
saffron and dates. They required a trek down to the Middle
Eastern markets along Atlantic Avenue here in Brooklyn.
As you can see, my search was successful. HUZZAH!
Saffron is the dried stigmas (the receptive tip of the pistil where pollen
is deposited) of the crocus:
Don’t sneeze, or it’s bye-bye saffron:
Dates, Nature’s own candy:
Dates come from the Date Palm. Their exact origin is unknown,
but it was probably northern Africa and maybe southwest Asia.
They’ve been cultivated, literally, for thousands and thousands
and thousands of years.
Watch out for that pit: