Need some sparkle in your life? ✨ Check out my talented friend @thisisrosabloom’s pop up shop near Brick Lane. She designs gorgeous sequinned clothes that make you feel happy! Swipe right for details 👉🏽 .
(I’m delivering her some rhubarb and cardamom cheesecake from #thesaffrontales here and she insisted on dressing me up!)
May is rose harvest time in Iran! Roses are indigenous to Iran and it is believed to be the first place that their petals were distilled to make aromatic rosewater and perfumes over 2000 years ago. 📸 by @shindal__ on our travels in 2015.
Iran didn’t violate the nuclear deal. Trump has no interest in supporting the Iranian people. The last thing the Middle East needs right now is an arms race. And I am exhausted by this world. #irandeal
So much FOMO right now 😫. Mum just sent me this picture of Dad, in his element, overseeing a BBQ in Iran 🇮🇷 My Pakistani baba is the Shah of Iranian kebabs and his juicy lamb BBQ is so damn tasty I had to sneak his recipe into #thesaffrontales . Swipe left for pix and give ‘em a go. Dead easy. Insanely delicious. What I would do to be there now... Think I can UberEats it?
Persian Love Cake. .
#Repost from @carolinas_kitchen_stories. Her note about it made me smile big 💕 👇🏽
“My favorite thing to bake these days is Persian Love Cake. It reminds me of my Mom and her love of roses which she would cut and place in a large mason jar on the kitchen table. I’m obsessed with this cake- it’s light and dense, sweet but tart, aromatic though not perfume-y, and utterly delicious. Recipe from The Saffron Tales”
It’s almost #nowruz (Iranian New Year) so I’m spending this weekend decluttering like crazy! Iranians spend the weeks before Nowruz spring cleaning their homes, physically and energetically preparing for the start of a new cycle. Read my post for @food52 on why I think you should embrace this ancient ritual too. Link in my bio. 📷 by Julia Gartland
So last night I made Vaavishkaa (Spiced beef with eggs and spring onion). This was also from @yasminkhanstories cookbook, #thesaffrontales . Traditionally served with some flat bread and a salad, the beef is first poached and then fried with tomatoes. I chose to use it as a topping on baked potatoes myself. #toeachtheirown#itwasstillgood
For everyone who has been asking... The Saffron Tales is back in stock in the USA! 🇺🇸 Available from all the usual places that books are sold, in shiny 2nd edition 💅🏽 Grab yourself a copy or gift one to a friend in time for Iranian New Year next month. Link in my bio.
Birthday Persian ajil granola about to go in the oven for Dad. Not your traditional sweet treat gift, and quite tricky to get a candle in, but he does love a bowl in the morning. Recipe from the super duper #thesaffrontales by @yasminkhanstories #breakfastofchampions
“Sourcing saffron is a lot like sourcing illicit drugs...” And so begins my programme uncovering Britain’s Secret Saffron Story. If you missed it, fear not, you can listen again on the @bbcfoodprog podcast, on Iplayer, or their website. Let me know what you think! #saffronforever
It’s my best tahdig yet along with a slow-cooked lamb shoulder split pea stew. My first dried lime experience & shoutout to the Fairway butcher for acquiescing to my request of cutting the shoulder into two-inch chucks on the bone (new to us both but #TheSaffronTales insisted).
#TheSaffronTales take two! Made it to Kalustyan’s tonight for the Real Deal Persian Saffron & dried mint (thanks for the tip!!). Cooked up a Persian New Year’s dish for ours - mixed herb rice with baked salmon, shirazi salad, yogurt with cucumber & dill.
Tonight I embarked on #TheSaffronTales - a Christmas gift from Jake where I attempt to cook Persian food & he gets to enjoy it &/or laugh at me. Persian Rice up first (duh) & hey, not bad. Need a crispier ~tahdig~ next time but at least I didn’t burn it?!!!! (P.S. he isn’t even home, I did this alone in case it was a disaster, leading half of his genes to become ashamed of me.) Onto the next one!
Candles, pomegranates & the book of Hafez can only mean one thing - Iranians are getting all witchy & celebrating the winter solstice. In Iranian culture, the winter solstice is known as Shab-e Yalda, a time for celebrating light over darkness. We gather to feast, drink and read poetry late into the night, eating winter fruits such as pomegranates (obviously) as their red colour symbolises the crimson hue of the sun at dawn after the longest night of the year. So here's to new beginnings and a new cycle around the sun ☀️