So yesterday two packages showed up - one with the yogurt maker that my boyfriend ordered for my birthday, and the other with a package of saffron and dried porcini mushrooms that I had ordered, with 5 bonus vanilla beans and another bottle of vanilla extract.
After I get some sleep tonight, I am itching to play with my new toys. I also want to bake something, preferably autumnal, for a Halloween party tomorrow night. What would both appeal to most people, particularly billions of small children, and make good use of the vanilla beans? (I’m not set on using them for the baking project - I was originally thinking of something pumpkiny. Maybe I will just make some fabulous rice pudding just for us, or something else more straightforward that will make the vanilla bean flavor come through.)
Also, feel free to suggest recipes that showcase saffron - we’ve been cooking some Persian stews and such lately, but I am open to ideas.