I've just discovered rosewater, and I love it! I've got lots of recipes for it, and I know that Nigella loves it - loads of the desserts in Forever Summer have flower waters in them. But I had always been reluctant to try them, because the mere thought of flower water summons to mind ideas of incredibly sweet, over-perfumed soapy tasting desserts which I must have tried in my childhood, and absolutely hated. And I would have hated to buy a whole bottle of the stuff, only to use it once and have it sit untouched in the pantry for all eternity.
On Monday, I went to Aix Creperie, a tiny bolthole of a cafe in a lane in the city, and noticed on the menu "Mango Crepe with Rosewater Yogurt". At only $6.80, (and probably a bit healthier than all the chocolatey, creamy, sugary alternatives) I thought I may as well try it, to see if a bottle of rosewater would be a worthwhile investment. Unfortunately, they were out of mangoes. However, they also had "Mixed Berry Crepe with Rosewater Yogurt", so I went for that. And it was really delicious! The rosewater flavour was subtly present, but not overpowering, and really complemented the tartness of the berries. It added a new level of flavour to the dish.
So this morning, Mum and I made a trip down to Nuts R' Us, a nearby Iranian store. We picked up rosewater, orange flower water, pistachios, pine nuts, sumac, pomegranate molasses and saffron. What a wonderful store!
And by coincidence, later on today, I had another rosewater experience! Mum, my brother, my godfather from Penang and I all went down to Brunswick street for a bite to eat, and we came across Trampoline, a really lovely gelati store, which has its own chocolate fountain! (I know, droolness!) Well, when it comes to me and gelati, resistance is futile, so I had a cup with three flavours - blood orange, lime and lychee sorbet and "love" flavour.
"If love was an ice-cream, it would taste like roses!"
So basically it was rosewater flavoured ice-cream, adorned with little heart shaped chocolates... It was so beautiful! In taste AND appearance. Now I would like to give it a go making it at home...
I can't wait to start using rosewater in my cooking!