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So I thought I would just write something simple, that isn't fraught with conflicting emotions.
A friend asked for my recipe for saffron rice, so I thought I'd share it with all of you. This is a easy side dish, and a nice change from regular rice. It has a mild, somewhat sweet flavor, and is a good accompaniment for chicken or fish. (It's also great with some chopped avocado or tomato)
Saffron is a spice made from the stigmas of a certain type of crocus, and if you look for it in the store, you might be shocked by the price tag. However, you only use a tiny bit at any given time, so a bottle will last quite a while.
So here it is:
Easy Saffron Rice
1 tsp. of olive oil or a couple of sprays of olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed in garlic press
1 c. of rice
5-10 threads of saffron
2 c. water or vegetable broth
Step One: In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent.
Step Two: Add the rice and saute for 1-2 minutes until it begins to be slightly translucent.
Step Three: Add saffron, and a good shake of turmeric and salt. Stir. Then add the liquid and stir. Bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat, and cook according to package directions on rice.