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Yes please, a little more of this in each day

maya47000:

A place for read

Yes please, a little more of this in each day

My spice cupboard runneth over…with saffron no less!

When I started my blog last November, I’d barely tasted saffron. I didn’t have any idea where this whole thing would go or what it might turn in to. Today I was gifted my fifth gram of saffron. If you know any thing about this “red gold” you know that is an almost obscene amount, and in turn I feel very, very fortunate. (If your wondering why saffron is so expensive, you may find the answer here or in a piece I wrote about it, here.

I  feel like the universe is telling me something, there is a beautiful metaphor in the fact that in less than a year I have been able to manifest an abundance of this kind. Not to mention that this is Kashmiri saffron, often regarded as the most prized. It was because of an interview early on in my blog (that still needs to be published) with incredible chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen here in Minneapolis that I even discovered this special strain of it, and later through ASA spice and chef Julian there that I was first able to experience it and finally understand the scope of flavor and history that makes saffron what it is. And yet, while saffron is without question a luxury item for many, it is because of the amount of labor and focus it requires from others, often across the world from us. This is what makes saffron so sacred to me, it is truly humbling  to infuse my chai with something someone else has quite literally broken their back for. Saffron represents decadence but also hard work and long days, and finding a balance in life of these if your are lucky enough to have access to the former, is absolutely necessary.

On the eve of this new moon I reflect on how far I have come in this last year and something about begin handed another box of saffron today tapped into the profundity of the potential there is for where I am going. I am so very very grateful for the chance and hope I can honor people who do not have the same opportunities  in some way, by following this path I am on and seeing where it leads me.

http://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/grow-cook-heal-saffron.aspx#axzz3BSyrwkOK

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/06/14955861-saffron-harvest-begins-in-indian-kashmir?lite

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-25184341

http://www.ipsnoticias.net/2011/12/afganistan-contra-la-heroina-azafran/

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Natural Dyes Part 1: Playing in nature’s paintbox!

This Saturday I was able to attend a natural dyes workshop, and we were fortunate to be able to be part of the whole process, from harvest to hanging our dyed pieces!

It was so inspiring,  informative, and truly empowering on many levels. I will share the story and the process in my next post but wanted to share these vibrant photos because I was just in awe of what nature can create. All of the photos with exception of the first are mine. The very first one is a shot from Sennelier, of their high pigment oil sticks which I would love to try and hope to wrote about. (Sennelier if you’re listening and need an American rep, I’m your gal ;) Je parle Francais aussi!)

I look forward to sharing more tomorrow! And watch for a short clip of our calendula and marigold boil over an open fire!

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1% towards my indiegogo plant makeup goal ! yay ! thank you everyone so far . please share the love if you can . it’s hard for me to get the message out there, so i needs your help ! help support a small handmade project run by one ! i care about the environment so much + want to spread more awareness through these creations . needs funds to build up my stock . sending love to all !

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A pretty awesome little company I have been meaning to do a full post on and will soon!