Saffron: Tales from the Persian Kitchen

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I’m on a mission to showcase a side of Iran that never makes the headlines. Armed with just a notepad and a bottle of pomegranate molasses, I want to travel through Iran asking a cross-section of Iranians to share their favourite recipes with me. From my 77 year old grandmother who lives on a rice farm near the Caspian Sea to 22 year old hip hop stars in Tehran, I’ll be gathering recipes from fishermen and farmers, teachers and tradesmen, carpet makers and cab drivers. Whilst cooking together, I’ll ask people I meet to share the stories behind the food that they love.

In my aunt's kitchen, Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh, Gilan.

It is fairly rare that I discuss other projects here – mainly cause I am always so overwhelmed with all my own stuff to post. But this is one project that I am really excited about and want to see happen, because it really speaks to me…

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Chorizo with Cilantro Pesto Pasta

Fresh herbs, balsamic vinegar, feta, what more can I say? Check out Good Food Not Much Time with Leigh!

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You know how it is when you just want to eat something different for dinner?  I have been in one of those moods.  I wanted it to be good and not take too long to cook.  Most of all, I wanted it to make my taste buds sing.  Yes…SING!

With the heat and the drought I have been missing my cilantro fresh from the garden.  I can get it at the grocer, but when it’s hot…its just doesn’t have the same flavor that it has when it grows more slowly.  Now that things are starting to cool down, the local cilantro has that crisp pungent flavor that I dearly love.

I am also lucky that our local grocer started making fresh chorizo about 2 years ago.  I has been a huge hit and has become a regular selection on the meat counter.  (I have never used the dried aged chorizo…

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