This recipe for a piquant tahini-sauce is for a delicious, provocative and spicy condiment that will really make your perhaps dull green-salad, liven up crunchy vegetables and complete a sandwich. Make it as fiery as you choose by retaining or discarding the chili seeds.
How many coloured foods can you count on this platter? Where's the protein and is it low in carbs?
As we all know only too well, by the time salads reach our tables they can hardly be described as freshly-picked unless you grow them yourself; they've lost their edge and need something to spice them up.
Likewise, commercial bread is utterly without flavour; it's like eating cardboard. A piquant tahini sauce can be rustled up literally in less than five-minutes, once you have the ingredients on hand, and add something mysterious and provocative to any sandwich.
These are in fact the preliminary steps to making hummus which surely every single family should be able to throw together with their eyes closed. We prepare a large tub, using frozen chickpeas, twice a week. The only other ingredient is cumin.
Whilst tasting the sauce before adding the chickpeas, I once realised that it would also make a very fine salad-dressing; and so it does. The legumes have very little flavour but do add to the nutrition obviously; they are after all the biggest source of protein in a hungry world.
Reducing our red-meat consumption and using a dish like hummus for more vegetable protein really should be part of every cook's skill if we want to live long in the land without disease and pain.
And now for the part of cooking I love most of all; the balance. Does your piquant tahini sauce need more lemon, or salt, or peppadew seeds? Sampling your cooking is an important part of being a gourmet chef. If you are making good food, then have no fear; it will not make you fat!
We take the time to make these kinds of dishes for two reasons; they taste great and they sway the stats in our favour that we will escape pain and an early demise. There is no guarantee alas.
Tahini is made by toasting and then grinding sesame-seeds. I confess I had never heard of it until spending a few years in Holland and coming under the influence of Turkish and Greek cuisine. It's simply a gem, and will add so much to your cooking, and the nutrition of your food.
In particular it's a rich source of lignans, that wonderful phytochemical that is in such short supply in the modern refined diet; they should be an essential part of the food that every woman enjoys. They have a chemical structure similar to oestrogen and compete at sites in the breast for absorption, greatly reducing tumours.
Tahini is also a rich source of two very important fats. One is essential, meaning we cannot live without; it is called linoleic-acid.
The other is called oleic-acid; it is the basis of the myelin sheath that lines most of our nerves. Without it they cannot conduct impulses.
It is also rich in calcium and iron, and many B vitamins. And it's very tasty, not unlike peanut butter, only nicer.
For more information, World's Healthiest Foods has much to offer about sesame seeds.
Remember that more than half of the important nutrients like limonin and vitamin C are to be found in the pulp of lemons. I can never figure out why so many recipes like those for a piquant tahini sauce, or our authentic hummus recipe call for just the juice. It's more work and you lose half the goodness.
There must be thousands of different peppers, each with their own unique qualities but in particular they are rich in vitamin C and a phytochemical called capsaicin; it's a powerful anti-inflammatory.
We should eat them daily if we want to have less pain in our joints and muscles.
We love the peppadew because it is so easy to grow and has more than enough fire for our stomachs. You could instead remove the seeds from the common chili, but do try to retain some of the placenta where they are attached; much of the capsaicin is found there.
Growing peppadews is not rocket-science, but they do need to be staked; the weight of the fruit is simply prodigious and they will fall over.
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Sandwiches are such an important part of our food, but alas the bread is usually not unlike cardboard and needs a bit of zip; enter our piquant tahini sauce.
Our piquant tahini sauce on real artisan bread, with a few slithers of steak from last night's supper makes the perfect lunch; if you are not a vegetarian. Then you must rather use our authentic hummus recipe or use cheese.
Adding more coloured salads, interesting condiments like this piquant tahini sauce and real artisan bread are amongst the reasons we think we have reached our eighth decade and take no medication whatsoever, and have very little pain.
Reaching a vibrant ninety as is the norm in the blue zones of the world is a long way off, and we don't like to tempt fate. Yet, it's within our grasp and could be for you too. Turn to more coloured foods, bake your own bread, take walks and turn the sod this Spring; get some seeds planted. Apart from anything else, it is a lot more fun than watching other enjoying themselves on television at our expense.
I'm not into this virtual living; let us enjoy life to the full ourselves.
Piquant tahini sauce is just the first stage of preparing hummus.
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