Cooking with cannabis:’ I have a fish guy, a meat guy and a weed guy’
In the two years since Colorado legalised cannabis, cooks in the state have been seeing new ways to make a snack of it
This is delicious, Roz Bielski says, dabbing her mouth with a napkin. Like eating a cloud. This is the kind of food Id picture eating in heaven.
It is just after 10 am on a sunny Sunday morning in Denvers Highlands. Clusters of smart churchgoers saunter past the windows of the restaurant; an impossibly healthy-looking young couple follow, pedalling up the hill with yoga mats slung over their shoulders. Then the peace is cracked by a cackle. Roz, a wealthy 62 -year-old from New York who looks at least 10 years younger, breaks down into girlish giggles as she passes a large slice of sponge tart to her twentysomething daughter, Rachel. Look, darling, Im a great big flan, she guffaws, bent doubling with laugh as crumbs fly from her mouth. YOUR BIGGEST FLAN!
It has been simply over two years since the state of Colorado legalised cannabis use, and the two-and-a-half-hour cannabis cookery class Im attending at an upscale eatery in Denver is booked out for weeks. Students such as Roz and Rachel fly in from all over the US to learn how to embrace the ultimate herb and how to cook with it.
Colorado has issued more than 350 edible marijuana licences, but those holding them for both recreational and medicinal purposes are light years ahead of the stereotyped stoners baking hash cakes. High-profile cooks have been drawn to the challenge, including Chris Lanter, owner and head chef of Cache Cache, the top eatery in Americas glitziest ski resort, Aspen, and Hosea Rosenberg, who won Top Chef, a make cook show. The Ganja Kitchen Revolution, a gourmet cookbook by Coloradan chef Jessica Catalano, became an Amazon bestseller when the state first legalised marijuana, and is now the go-to volume for aspiring cannabis chefs.
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