The most expensive spice in the world, saffron comes from the stigma of a violet crocus. Pervasively fragrant and intensely flavored, a single pinch of saffron can flavor an entire recipe. -***mix in warm milk for best flavor**
Bay Leaves An essential ingredient in Mediterranean dishes, bay leaves add a sharp, warm flavor to soups, sauces and marinades. They release their flavor slowly, so add them early in the cooking process. And be sure to remove them before serving.