Saffron rice is dubbed the most expensive spice in the world. Sometimes, I like to make a simple "Yellow" Rice by using a tiny pinch of Tumeric-- this gives rice a pretty yellow color, but doesn't add any flavor to the rice. It's a versatile way to make boring rice look pretty, with a variety of garnishes.
Adapted from foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com
cup long grain white rice
cups water or chicken stock (or half of each)
Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Tsp. lemon zest
fresh minced parsley
cup of frozen peas
Rinse the rice until the water is clear. Add the water or chicken stock, and tumeric, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes, covered. Remove from heat. Fluffy with a fork. If desired, add lemon zest and lemon juice and fresh herbs. Adding frozen peas gives the rice some contrast color, and you can sneak in some vegetables!