Find of the Day: Giant Cinnamon Sticks

russian doll meets spice road“What would he not do for her, the daughter of the spice-seller; she who smelt of cloves and cinnamon, whose laughter had the timbre of ankle-bells, whose eyebrows were like black wisps of the night and whose hair was the night itself?  For her he would cross the salt desert!”

-Daruwalla

My new obsession – giant cinnamon sticks! I had an errand to run in Chinatown a few days ago and instead of walking straight home I decided to meander through the streets. It was quite a systematic meander because I was looking for glass jars for my hot sauce. Up and down each street, looking in every kitchen shop I could find.  As I passed one of the many apothecary shops, baskets of dried mushrooms and scallops and almonds spilling out onto the sidewalk, I saw what looked like giant cinnamon sticks. I couldn’t help but peer closer, sniffing the giant roll of bark to see if my eyes were correct. With all the competing scents I couldn’t make out much and yelled into the shop for help. They told me that indeed it was cinnamon and I knew I had to have it.

giant cinnamon sticksMy giant cinnamon sticks are so thick that I can just wrap my hand around the middle, and they are several feet long  Once I got them home I was able to make out the most delicious, deep cinnamon scent, much darker than a jar of cinnamon powder.  I am completely in love and went back to pick up several more a few days later.

What will I use these giant cinnamon sticks/logs for? I’m not entirely sure.

Here are a few thoughts:

  • Drawer fresheners to keep my clothes smelling sweet
  • Room fresheners – I might tuck logs of cinnamon here and there
  • Decorative elements – right now I have a cement block with Russian dolls gathered around it. I have now replaced the block with a few cinnamon logs, very spice road meets Russia and it fits my aesthetic perfectly.
  • Clothing bars – this idea might take a little work but the logs are the perfect size for clothes hangers

What would you do with several giant pieces of cinnamon?

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