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From his sprawling stone house atop a hill near Java's southern coast, Parmin, a farmer, can see the neglected green brambles of his clove trees half a mile away. The groves are untended and wild, the boughs of his spice trees laden with unharvested cloves. Since the president's son took control of the industry eight years ago, Parmin's clove harvest has brought him less than what he paid his workers to pick the buds. Finally, he gave up.
December 26, 1985 | DENNIS McLELLAN
View has revisited some of the people and places it reported on in the last several months. Among them: --Hollywood's Masquers Club, which because of declining funds sold its building and moved. --Jimmy and Ricky Sperry, blinded in an accident 11 years ago, who received cornea transplants in August. --Balu Natarajan, who triumphed over 167 other youngsters to win the National Spelling Bee in June.
Intensely fragrant and flavored, cloves were the riches that drew the dhows and clippers of the colonial era to Zanzibar, giving the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago economic influence and resonance far beyond its size. Once upon a time, the wizened, never-opened buds of the stunted evergreens were worth more than their weight in gold. European powers went to war over them in the 17th century; Zanzibari rulers made smuggling them punishable by death.
November 24, 2005 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
It's springtime on this green, hilly island, and the pungent, sweet smell of cloves spices the air. Zaharan Salim's father, who crossed the turquoise water from Oman to settle here nearly 100 years ago, taught him as a boy that the annual bouquet signaled harvest time. His father planted a small grove of clove trees to support the family, and Salim expanded the plantation into one of Pemba's largest, with more than 2,000 of the tall evergreens sprouting from the fertile soil.
For those of us who love food and study its history, one of the most vexing questions is how an ingredient of humble origins suddenly becomes a sought-after delicacy that appears on fancy tables from L.A. to London. As often as not, the ingredient's original purpose is forgotten because chefs don't bother to find out how it is used in its native land.
January 5, 2012
Sometimes it takes somebody new to make you fall in love again with an old friend. In this case, it was British author Yotam Ottolenghi's twist on the familiar Moroccan carrot salad from his wonderful new book "Plenty. " Spiced with serrano chiles and perfumed with an exotic blend of cloves, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, paprika and cumin, the salad is finished with what seems to be an impossible amount of chopped cilantro — 2½ cups. Impossible, that is, until you taste it. Spicy Moroccan carrot salad Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from "Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi 2 pounds carrots 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra to finish 1 onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon sugar 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 serrano chile, finely chopped (and seeded, if you want less heat)
February 10, 2011
  Polish white borscht Total time: 2 hours Servings: 12 Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 1 1/2 pounds smoked kielbasa 6 eggs 8 cups water 2 tablespoons butter 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced into thin rounds 2 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 cups sour cream 1/4 cup prepared horseradish Salt and pepper to taste 1. Into a 4-quart heavy-bottom pot, place the kielbasa and the eggs (still in their shells)
March 31, 2012
  Total time: 15 minutes Servings: 12 1/2 cup walnuts (about 2 ounces), plus walnut halves for garnish if desired 1/2 cup almonds (about 2 ounces) 8 ounces pitted dates (about 1½ cups), cut into chunks 3 tablespoons sweet or dry red wine, or red grape juice, plus more as needed 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger About 4 pinches of ground cloves About 2 pinches of freshly ground black pepper (optional) 2 apples, such as Fuji or Gala (total about 12 ounces)
July 10, 2013
Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 1 head broccoli (about 3/4 pound) 2 links fresh Italian sausage ( 1/4 to 1/2 pound) 2 tablespoons olive oil VIDEO: Click here to see a video of this recipe being made. 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 pound dried short pasta, such as fusilli, penne, or ziti; or long dried pasta such as spaghetti Salt, pepper 1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese 1. Bring a large pot of liberally salted water to a boil.
December 4, 2000 | ROSIE MESTEL
I'll never forget the time a temporary crown fell out of my mouth on a weeklong trip 3,000 miles from home. Ah, memories: the gross feeling against my tongue of the little stump of tooth; the jolting pain whenever I forgot for a moment and chugged back an ice-cool gulp of water; my futile attempts to push the crown back into place in the hope that this time, this time, it'd stay put--even though it had instantly fallen back out the prior 25 times. . . .
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