A month ago, I cheekily followed the Amateur Gourmet's example and started a "spin-off" blog irreverantly but hopefully named my Shameless Wish List. A combination of wishful thinking and online scrap-booking of things I covet or am just curious about, I did not expect anyone to read it except myself. It was my Aladdin's cave where I played Midas ... rubbing myself luxuriously all over with my dream list in guilty and secret debauchery.
Thus, I was surprised when a couple of people read it and made amused comments at my blatant greed and cheekiness. Not surprised they noticed my shamelessness (how could you miss???) ... just that they read it!
I almost fell off my chair when Ed from Tomatom responded by offering me a sample of wattle seeds - something I had read about and was itching to try. What a lovely, generous offer, especially as I had never "met" him! What a gent! I was incredibly touched and my faith in mankind (and the effectiveness of shamelessness) was completely restored.
I will not go into details about how the seeds finally got to me ... I will just say the words "clueless housemate", "confused post office", and "exasperated MM". Anyway, I finally got my grubby little hands on the package and I was so excited that I almost missed the lovely message Ed sent as well.
Ed's revelation that that he never used the seeds in a "proper" recipe worried and challenged me. I was worried I might not be able to recognise a "proper" recipe ... and even if I did, would not be able to get along with it. Ed mentioned that he used the seeds in cakes and things which also does me little good since I seldom bake. Still, I would give it a royal try just to get a measure of the powerful-smelling seeds.
These wattle seeds are potent! The smell was so overpowering that opening the bag released a waft of nutty coffee-like musk that sent my head spinning. I loved it! Till I started sneezing. It took some getting used but once I did, it seemed to seep into my subconscious as I dreamily pondered rich cakes and sauces using the wattle seeds. Does anyone know if they cause hallucinations???
I'm now looking for recipes involving wattle seeds. So if anyone has a recipe, do let me know. I'm so ridiculously happy now I am doing a dance of joy around it! Lord, I'm a geek ...