Wednesday, April 13, 2011

hay fever

Few scents remind me of the Midwest more than hay. CB I Hate Perfume's Hay accord is one of my most-treasured fragrances. I don't wear it often, but I sniff it a lot, and I remember clearly the feeling I had when I first smelled it, at the amazing CB I Hate Perfume Gallery in Brooklyn. It was hot and muggy and I'd probably already stuck my nose in thirty bottles, but when I smelled this one the day's frenetic energy disappeared. I was back in the car on a country road, nothing but time and possibility ahead of me.

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According to an article in New York magazine, the farm to table trend has led to a resurgence in cooking with hay. The chefs interviewed acknowledge that the technique is neither particularly new, nor necessarily innovative ("Hay comes from where the chickens lay the eggs," says one. "To cook chicken in hay is a natural thing."), but hay-infused yogurt and hay ice cream are all new to me. What could be more Wisconsin than hay and ice cream together?* Next time I visit New York, I'll give it a try and report back on its transportive powers.

*Fried beer cheese cone.


Janet Brown said...

The idea of the odor from a fried beer cheese cone is so intriguing--and hay ice cream is worth coming back to the states for--

Preets said...

You know what? Don't be horrified, but although I live surrounded by farmland, I don't know what hay smells like! I don't think I am distinguishing it from the smells of horse manure (which I actually sort of like, in small doses) and barnyard. I should take a proper sniff one of these days.

nosy girl said...

I am not horrified! Despite a lifetime smelling hay, I too experience it mainly as a blur with barnyard and manure (which I actually quite like when the cows are eating good food, though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to wear the perfume version). Maybe your neighbors with the horses would let you take a nice whiff of one of their hay bales--or we can go on a hayride together next time you are in the U.S. I think hayrides best clarified the smell of hay for me (since sometimes they were a bit more removed from an actual farm--at a cider stand, or market, or haunted house place)and honestly, smelling the bottled hay accord really helped me pick out hay in other fragrances as well as in nature.

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