Once upon Rose Water

“Stay focused,” I told myself.

I finished picking through the 1/2 pound bags of cinnamon sticks and lifted my head, scanning the aisles for Rose Water.  The Indian grocery store, Laxmi Spices, was small but well-organized.

Ava squirmed on my hip, reaching for the pretty bags in front of her.

“Stay focused.” I whispered to her and walked towards the Rose Water.

Ava let out a squeal and lunged to the side. I caught her and looked in the direction of her small, outstretched hands.

That’s when I lost all self-control.

There, on the floor, was a pile of steel pans. Glorious steel pans.

Usually, I am an indecisive shopper. One look at these pans, however, and I knew that I would be purchasing one.

My new toy, a.k.a. the Stirring Pot

Let me tell you, these pans are heavy-duty. They don’t have pansy plastic handles so they can go from  stove top to oven with ease. And they aren’t coated in nonstick, a product I only tolerate for omelette making.

Their shape serves both as a wok and as a casserole dish (perfect for this weekend’s Afghan rice dish). For only twenty dollars this pan is better than anything Williams Sonoma has to offer.

Note: Steel must be thoroughly dried before storage to avoid rusting. For more information on how to clean this type of pan click here.

After bringing my prize up to the register, I regrouped and headed once again for the Rose Water. I swiftly scooped up a bottle and headed towards check out.

Thirty minutes later I left.


With all of this…

L to R: Ground Cardamom, Cardamom Seeds, Golden Raisins, Ghee (toasted, clarified butter with a high smoke point like oil), Rose Water, Saffron, Cayenne Pepper, Graham Masala, and Cumin Seeds.

Whoops! 🙂

P.S.  Rose Water smells like grandma gym socks.
In a good way.


  1. Grammie Sue aka Mom aka susan says

    What?! Rosewater should smell like roses. I have two bottles packaged in Lebanon and after about 10 years, it still has a strong perfume. I bought them for cooking; however, actually use it as a body splash. The perfume lingers ALL day ,no kidding.

  2. Michelle says

    Totally looking forward to this! Good purchase on the pan! Looks awesome! Great job shopping, I’m so glad Ava keeps you focused! 😉

  3. You have inspired me to go shopping at some of the Asian and Indian food stores around my house. I cannot believe all the great things that you found! Was the saffron cheaper there than a regular grocery store? I am extra grumpy about the 12+ inches of snow that is just starting because there is no way I will make it anywhere until next week.

    • Snow always comes at the worst times. Who wants snow on the weekend!? Especially 12 inches… wow.

      The saffron might not have been a good deal. It was $7 for an ounce.

      The other spices, however, were excellent deals. The small bag of cinnamon sticks (holds maybe 30-40 sticks) only cost $3. The Rose Water was also $3.

      One entire aisle was filled with bags of whole and ground spices.

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