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anne’s magical sesame-tahini-ginger dressing

18th February 2018

Our Christmas and New Year were spent up in the beautiful, snowy mountains of Boulder visiting our oldest and dearest friends. As soon as we arrived, a daily ritual was naturally established, of cooking and sharing meals together, morning and evening communed around a big table and warm fire. On these nights, Anne would arrive with a basket of organic salad greens which she would chop up and serve drizzled with this magical tahini dressing.

This dressing is special and adds a delicious splash of flavours to anything you put it on. Whenever I make it, it transports me back to those special evenings shared with like-minded friends.

 anne’s magical sesame-tahini-ginger dressing

Makes about 2 cups

I like to tear up some bitter-tasting leaves from the garden, add a sliced pear and a handful of nuts and seeds and there’s a quick salad or steam some kale leaves, greens beans or broccoli. For a more substantial meal cook up a pot of brown rice, roast some seasonal vegetables and drizzle over this dressing. It is guaranteed to add a bit of magic to any dish.

ingredients

3 Tbsp sesame seeds 

¼ cup white miso

½ cup hulled tahini

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 Tbsp honey

½ a lemon zested

juice of ½ a lemon

1-inch grated ginger

2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

½ tsp flaked dulse (optional)

¼ cup water

¼ – ½ cup olive oil

preparation

1.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, lightly toast the sesame seeds until they start popping, keep toasting for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside for the seeds to cool.

2.  In a medium jar, place the miso and tahini, stir well until pasty and incorporated, stir in the sesame oil and honey.

3.  Remove the zest from half a lemon and squeeze the lemon juice into the jar, add the grated ginger, apple cider vinegar and if using, the dulse flakes. Stir well, adding the water until the dressing comes together.

4.  Add the cooled toasted sesame seeds and pour in the olive oil, whisk until smooth and creamy.

5.  Taste and adjust the seasonings until you have a pleasing balance of fat and acid. The ideal consistency is that of pouring cream; stir in some water, or little more oil, until it runs easily off a spoon.

barley salad with roasted-spiced fennel & carrot

3rd April 2016

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The plum trees are blossoming. Spring has arrived.

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A delightful spring salad with substance.

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barley salad with roasted spiced fennel & carrot

Serves 4 -6

A perfect salad for the early weeks of spring when the days are still cool and the season´s beautiful ingredients are starting to trickle in.  I love the chewy, nutty texture of the cooked barley, the satisfying sweetness brought out from the roasted vegetables and the earthy spices that bring it all together.  It is lovely served with a bowl of guacamole or creamy hummus and this beetroot salad.

for the salad 

2 cups barley, cooked (see lemon barley water)

3 medium fennel bulbs

5 medium carrots

1 heaped tsp cumin seeds

1 heaped tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp cinnamon powder

tsp chilli flakes or chilli powder

2 Tbsp ghee/oil

⅓ cup fresh roughly torn mint leaves

⅓ cup finely chopped fennel fronds

for the citrus dressing 

zest from one lemon

zest of one orange

3 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp orange juice

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp sweetener, honey, agave, or maple syrup

¼ heaped tsp salt

preparation

1.  Preheat the oven 405 degrees F/210C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

2.  Prepare the barley, following these directions and keeping the water to make a luscious barley lemonade.

3.  Wash the fennel, trim the fennel stalks and fronds (save for the salad), remove the tougher ends and outer layer – cut into small slices.  Wash carrots, peel and cut into medium chunks.  Set aside.

4.  Dry roast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small pan, when lightly toasted turn off the heat and grind to a rough powder with a mortar and pestle.  Add the cinnamon, turmeric, paprika and salt. Stir to combine.

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5.  Spread the vegetables out in one layer on the baking tray, lined with baking paper, drizzle over the ghee and sprinkle over the spice mix, toss the vegetables until they are well coated.

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6.  Place the tray in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes, or until vegetable are browning. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

make the citrus dressing 

7.  Combine all the ingredient in a bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.

assemble the salad 

8.  Place the cooked barley in a large salad bowl, pour over the dressing ingredients and allow to marinate for 15 – 30 minutes.

9.  Once sufficiently marinated add to the bowl, the roasted vegetables, fresh mint leaves and fennel fronds.  Toss to combine, season with more salt, and a few rounds of freshly ground pepper.

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sesame lemon biscotti (vegan)

7th March 2014

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This is a gift to you – a celebration of sunshine, the hint of spring approaching, the lingering scent of jasmine and just the gratefulness of life.

Kristin made these while she was here attending another magical retreat with our teachers.  She made them to send back with a friend, who was returning to India.  They were discovered in a book called, “The Healthy Hedonist” by Myra Kornfield.  I wasn’t sure whether to call them biscotti, as I changed the recipe a little and choose not to bake them a second time.  They were so tasty and perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with just first baking, that it seemed a shame to meddle in that perfection.

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sesame lemon biscotti

Makes about 24 cookies

ingredients 

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup hulled tahini

½ cup maple syrup

grated zest from 1 lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch rock salt

½ cup ground almonds

1 cup Spelt flour (I used half white and half whole)

¼ cup sesame seeds

preparation 

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F/180 C.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, tahini, maple syrup, lemon zest, vanilla and salt until emulsified.

3.  Using a spoon or a rubber spatula, stir in the flour and the almonds until the dough is moistened and well combined – allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes.

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4.  Spread the sesame seeds on a plate.  Divide the dough in half and using your hands, shape into a sort of long sausage.  The dough will be oily, but not sticky. Place onto the plate with the sesame seeds and sprinkle the seeds on top.

5.  Using a knife, cut into 1 cm slices rolling the sides just lightly in the sesame seeds.   Don’t worry about how they look as they shape up beautifully when baked.  As you cut, place onto the baking sheet, leaving 2-inches between each biscuit.  Repeat with the second half of the dough.

6.  Bake until the top is starting to brown, 15 – 20 minutes.  Rotating the trays halfway through baking.

This makes a biscuit which is crunchy on the outside and soft in the centre.  If you would like them to be more traditionally biscotti, allow to cool after the first baking, and bake for a further 15 minutes.

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