First, I needed black tea and I noticed a canister at the market stand labeled "Russian Caravan tea." Turns out, it's smoked black tea. It's fabulous.
Then I re-read a favorite book, Diddakoi by Rumer Godden. All about a little gypsy girl who lives in a caravan. . .
". . .She spoiled the look of the school, 'And those clothes smell,' said Prudence, wrinkling up her pretty white nose. They did, but not of dirt. Gran washed them often, hanging them along the hedge, while Kizzy wrapped herself in a blanket; they smelled of the open air, of wood-smoke, and a little of the old horse, Joe, because she often hugged him."
And finally, I have to confess that I have a penchant for liquid smoke. I love smoked and grilled food, but in a pinch sometimes a few drops of liquid smoke will do. Is liquid smoke toxic? Well, I just don't know and my research turns up nothing conclusive, so I use it lightly and (if I am not too braggy) successfully. Do you use/like liquid smoke?
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