Saffron can be bought whole in threads or strands (stigmas) or in powdered form. Spanish and Kashmiri saffron are reputed to be among the best-quality.
Saffron gives a distinctive aroma and flavour and a yellow colour to Spanish paella and Italian risotto and is also a classic ingredient in the French fish soup, Bouillabaisse. Crush the stigmas and soak in water before use.
½ tablespoon un-flavoured powdered gelatin
2 cups / 475 ml heavy (double) whipping cream
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch saffron
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped almonds (optional)
12 physalis or fresh raspberries (optional)