Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Amber is beautiful, saffron is precious and so are dear, close friends. 

Back from her trip to the Middle East A had bought me a pack of these beautiful saffron infused sugar cubes in addition to two boxes of saffron threads, a beautiful, giant sized ornamental glass tazbih and...get this.... a pair of glamorous 'diamond' studded high heels. Wheeee ~

I had inadvertently earned the last by pure luck. A had bought the wrong size. Unfortunately  for Z or fortunately for me, depending on how you see it, it fitted me perfectly. So you see...size does matter. Now, all I need is a fairy god mother.

Aren't friends sweet? Thank you. Not just for the gifts but for being there. ~ :)

These precious sweet saffron infused sugar cubes I would revel in, in a cup of hot tea, when I am alone, curled up with a book on a couch so that I can sip and enjoy it in all its glory. They are far too precious to be used with gay abandon. 

I am enjoying a cuppa now. And it is infused with the fragrance of saffron. Love it :)

I can't get over how gloriously beautiful these sweet saffron infused sugar cubes are. Saffron are as precious as gold. "It takes about 80,000 crocus flowers to make 450 gm of this ancient spice....the most expensive of all spices, often more costly per gram than gold..... Saffron's name comes from the Arabic za'faran which means yellow and it's made form the fiery red stigma of the purple crocus" ~ Excerpt from Hugh Fearnly Wittingstall's article.

Here is a recipe I found here for making your own sugar cubes. I have not tried it but perhaps you would like to. Now I know how sugar cubes are made ~ I learn something everyday ~

DIY Sugar Cubes ~

2 cups sugar
1-2 tsp hot water
1-2 drops food colouring or flavour (in this case saffron)

Mix sugar, water and colouring. Make sure sugar is not sopping wet but just wet enough to hold its shape. Put into moulds, press into moulds, turn it over and tap it out of the mould.. let sugar cubes dry until hard. About 30 minutes to an hour. 

How easy is that?
I have plans for the saffron threads. I can't wait to play with them :)

And I have something else to share with you my friends. Something that I have been waiting for... for weeks. I will show it to you in my next post. I can't wait to share. You will be excited too. Perhaps you will want to get one too. Like I did when I saw it.  :)


leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Lucky you, I would love to have those pretty sugar cubes in my tea!

Mihaela said...

Nice presents, gorgeous presentation :)

pam said...

Those sugar cubes are such a treat!!!

La Table De Nana said...

Beautiful post..Eye candy for us..:)

Anonymous said...

I love these! I might just have to make some soon, and give you all the credit on my website!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Lucky lucky lucky you... Now that's a great coming home gift!

Love2cook Malaysia said...

Lucky you dear! WOW those sugar cubes are to die for, lovely presentation as always!

Selamat Berpuasa to you and yours :)

Federica Simoni said...

meraviglioso questo post!!!!!!!!!!!baci!

myFudo said...

I know I would be hyped from sugar rush. Wish I had saffron for myself. Great photos.

Madeline Tiani said...

This is so beautiful! I love your photos and I love saffron!!

jules said...

Dear Aunty Zurina,

mom told me how you photographed the gifts so beautifully n she wasnt kidding!! keep up the good work!

much love n regards,

zureen :)

Zurin said...

Hi Zureen,

Tq and the gifts are very dear to me :).....tq for dropping by Zureen and take good care always ..

hugs n XXX

Aunty Zurina :)

Irmina Díaz-Frois Martín said...

Delicados, lindos, yo hice con Lavanda.
Un saludo.
Me gusta su blog.

Colette (Coco) said...

What a great story and I love the pics. Nice souvenirs. Thanks for sharing!

heather said...

I would love to have that tea cup and saucer!! It is sooo beautiful. :)
I will have to try this one, i make cranberry, orange, vanilla, lavender sugar cubes and just made peppermint for the first time tonight.

PInky said...

This is fabulous. I have too much saffron (if that is possible) to use before it loses its flavor. I think this is brilliant :D

PInky said...

I am going to do this! I love Saffron tea. I bet you could make some lovely cardamom sugar too. . . or even infuse sugar with chai masala. I'm drooling just thinking of it.

Thanks for posting!



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