coffee art and salep
- Well, John, these colors do float, and I think the pigments used are
all naturally occurring!
I've heard of a similar activity in Turkey, when drinking a cup of
SALEP. Cinnamon is sprinkled over the top, and some told me that as
children, they would play with floating spice.
Any of our Turkish friends care to elaborate? Traditional family
recipes? Unfortunately much of what was commonly sold in powder form
was heavily adulterated with starch.
Here is a recipe:
Salep, also called by the name Sahlap or Sahlab in other sountries in
the region, is a traditional marbling size. Halfer knew of it, and
praised it highly in his chpater on various sizings, but commented
that it was too expensive, even back then.
The reason is that it is a kind of orchid root. Over in England, you
have a kind that grows in the wild, and is called "Early purple
Orchid". The Latin name is Orchis Mascula. Try doing a google image
search and see pretty flowers. I have tried to get it, cannot seem to
find live plants here in the US.