What is saffron?
Saffron is the stigma (part of the reproductive system of a flower) from the crocus. Hand harvested, it comes in strands and is the most expensive spice by weight. Saffron imparts a vivid golden colour to food and its unique flavour is prized across Eastern Asia, Persia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
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This soothing risotto is delicious on its own, or served with a roast chicken and the roasting juices from the tin. An impressive entertaining idea, if you’ve got friends round for dinner.
This asparagus idea is crumbed instead of battered, which helps retain a wonderful texture. The saffron yogurt is a simple version of an aïoli but Middle Eastern style.
Check out this poussin recipe with preserved lemons. This easy dish makes a great alternative to any weekend roast recipe. Serve with freshly chopped tabbouleh salad and a smooth saffron yogurt.