Keywords; peanut and ginger sauce, helens fifteen euro salad, growing lemon trees, raw honey.
Let's be honest; having a green salad every single day requires a little creativity. You've loved it with sliced tomato; that was healthy for the prostate gland. Just plain lemon juice and olive oil was great; with Bernie's quick hummus was divine. All those phytosterols were just fantastic for the body; then you can enjoy butter without guilt.
But after a while, the thought crosses your mind, could we just for once try something different? Yes, how about this simple peanut and ginger sauce; it will go with any salad.
Okay, so you have to find fresh coriander and raw honey has just proved to be impossible. You've planted a lime tree, and the first fruits are ready for the plucking.
For myself, I grow the jalapenos, they are so easy and rewarding, and roasted sesame seeds are on tap because I make hummus every week; initially a bit of aforethought is required. Thereafter you can certainly rustle up this peanut and ginger sauce in just ten minutes.
Update: I take a personal dislike to cleaning out the blender. Think seriously of making half quantities and using the stick blender. I thought to use the proper Kenwood blender to get it smooth, but that didn't work in any case; next time I'm going to blend the peanuts in the coffee grinder, then the sesame seeds, and use the stick blender.
Don't be too fazed by the quantities but do savour whilst enjoying your peanut and ginger sauce; should it have some salt? Is it too sweet?
Should there be more or less garlic for your tastebuds; more ginger, perhaps? Some like it hot; extra chili?
Make a few notes so next time you can get it right for you; there are no right and wrong recipes. Just what works for you. That means savouring your food, living in the present and enjoying every minute, chewing it right the way through; it's no coincidence that cows chew the cud. We should too.
Okay, so it takes a bit of time to prepare a sauce like this; you'll find plenty of food companies that will make something similar, but because the ingredients go sour so quickly they have to fill it with chemicals and salt.
I make no excuses for myself; I want to be healthy, so I'll watch ten minutes less television and rustle up a delicious P and G sauce like this to go with my salad.
We live and die by our choices. You make yours, and I'll make mine. That, for me, means homemade fresh peanut and ginger sauce once a week. In a month I'll be trying something new and this delicious dressing will be an occasional, along with olive pate, olive oil salad dressing, our authentic hummus recipe and a few dozen others.
Tomorrow I'll fine tune the recipe to my liking; with food companies you're locked into what someone else likes. And all the crap they add. Is it any surprise that auto immune diseases have taken off in the last fifty years? You can bet on it, and I would gamble my last dollar, on the fact that food additives is seven eighths of the problem.
Most likely you'll use already roasted peanuts which have salt added; add no extra.
Every family has it's favourite dishes; this is one of mine. It's what keeps the you know what at bay. But a little variation never did any harm, and a couple tablespoons of this sauce instead of hummus does wonders for the taste buds. Variety is the spice of life; rich in phytosterols, these are the kinds of foods that help prevent cancer.
Update: it's a seriously nice change from hummus on the salad.
As always, don't pour the dressing directly onto Helen's fifteen euro salad; that way you'll get to taste the subtle salad flavours. And you can test whether your dressing or sauce actually enhances the salad.
And, if you're using a bought salad dressing, you'll use far less of that sugar-loaded, salt-enhanced, chemical cocktail. When making your own salad dressing is this easy, why buy the crap?
Most peanut butter has bucketfuls of sugar added; this peanut and ginger sauce is delicious on your bread. The added fat and protein further lowers the glycemic index making it less fattening.
A lemon tree has to be one of the most rewarding trees in the garden. It's small, has a wonderful scent when in flower twice a year, the bright yellow fruit is so attractive, and the fruit so healthy. Growing lemon trees...
Any dish that isn't heated will be improved by raw honey. If you can find it; look for a small local beekeeper. Demand that it is completely unheated, and preferably only lightly filtered.