Expensive Crocus Cartwrightianus

On Saturday morning, I met a friend at the St.Lawrence Market – North farmers market. Once a week, starting at 5am, local farmers sell their produce, meat and gorgeous flowers to us city dwellers. By the time I got there, at 10am, it was bustling and crowded. I wonder if I could ever muster up the energy to get there for 6am? Doubtful.

I picked up tiger striped tomatoes, green gage plums, arugula, garlic, saffron, mint, basil, cilantro, regrettably mealy peaches, and one pound of stewing lamb from a happy lamb farm, Big Bah Farms.

Since our gluttonous trip to San Francisco we have been trying to eat healthy, so I’ve trolled my healthy cookbooks and websites for delicious recipes that won’t depress us too much with their general lack of cheese and sugar.

Craving a redder meat than chicken, I made Lamb with Dates, Apricots and Saffron over Couscous and was delighted with the results. I added a splash of red wine and a bit more beef stock to enhance the richness of the sauce, but otherwise, delightful. What an antiquated word. Delightful.

Saffron, at $500 per pound, is not cheap. I paid $5 for a small amount of it at the market. I’ve heard you can grow it, but I’m not sure the logistics of it. Saffron is derived from the flowers of the saffron crocus – how would I harvest it? One day when I have a house of my own with a backyard maybe I will harvest saffron and become a gazillionaire.

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