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.