Essence of roses comes to us in many ways, not just in the form of sweet tyranny called Turkish delights;
Rose-petal jam made from damask rose petals
Rose honey made from rosebuds
Candied rose petals
Rosolio, a rose liqueur
Restaurants have fallen in love with ras al-hanout, a spice powder mix of cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and rosebuds.
>Pistachio crusted sea bass over braised Swiss chard and garbanzos with ras al hanout - Medjool Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
>Celery root soup with cauliflower, olio nuovo and ras al hanout - Campton Place, San Francisco, CA
>Chicken satay with ras al hanout sauce - Loft, New York, NY
>Rack of lamb "tagine" with winter vegetables Parisienne and a butternut squash, ginger, ras al hanout, saffron sauce - Bistro 561, Pasadena, CA
The sweetest, sweetest tyranny...