This is going to be a regular column. How regular we shall see, I was going to say weekly, but I think I should hedge my bets on this one.
It’s not like every week in my adventures in food shopping I don’t see many strange and unusual things: I do. I just don’t always take pictures of them or sometimes I do and don’t think they are worthy of a blog post. Increasingly though I think a lot of these products are a jumping off point for conversation. Take for instance, this:Can someone explain to me the point of bee free honey? It’s made from apple juice and is Vegan, is it a Vegan thing not eat honey because….why? As far as I can tell honey bees are not hurt in the process, honey is a naturally occurring product. I’m miffed. Or at least I was miffed until I asked Mr. Google and found this. Which I have to admit left even more miffed.
The second product I found is less mysterious and more exotic.I understand in middle eastern food culture rose petals are used in cooking, both in sweet and savory dishes. I actually have a package of dried roses in my spice cupboard:Which now that I see the label afresh I can’t imagine why I haven’t used these rose petals for any number of reasons. My original reason for getting them was to make Panfried sea bass with harissa & rose from Ottolenghi’s cookbook Jerusalem. I bought them over a year ago to make this recipe and never have used them because well, dried roses just seem like something you’d find in potpourri and I have a conceptual leap that I seem to have a hard time making. Evening though I have made the first step by buying the rose petals.
Those those are your 2 strange and unusual products of the week. Anyone out there ever cook with rose petals or eat Honee pleasr tell us about it in the comments.