All posts tagged: Tahini

Palamut(Bonito) Freekeh Sarma with Tahini Soy Sauce

Let’s have a break from the Sicilian story and talk about what I’ve been cooking. I’ve been cooking more Asian foods lately and experimenting a combination of Korean and Turkish flavours. I have affinity  to everything wrapped or rolled, which is ‘sarma’ in Turkish. It sounds even similar to the Korean word for wrapping, ‘ssam’! You’ll see this stuffed leaves or stuffed vegetables everywhere in Turkey, and they are usually made with rice and meat. Of all, the most common type is stuffed vine leaves and I have a very funny story to tell. We had a big row over the vines in our garden over the summer. Some friends of an upstairs granny came around to pick vine leaves from time to time but I ignored them, finding it rather cute that people even in the city go around foraging. Also, the vines needed pruning anyway. But then one day I came home to find the ladies in the garden and the vines stripped naked of leaves so I told them not to pick the leaves from inside. One day while our helper lady was …

Oatmeal Tahini Chocolate Cookies

After reading a discussion article on the terminology of biscuits and cookies on Frugal Feeding, I am confused whether to call my favourite Anzac Biscuits with tweaks  that I bake so often “biscuits” or “cookies“. I think I should call them cookies by his definition, but anyway, I love biscuits and cookies made with oats and I process some of the oats in my pantry to make ground oats as I do for almond flour so that I can sometimes make cookies with smoother texture. As I am trying to eat healthy, I pay attention to nutritional values of foods and I’ve learned that these tiny seeds are not only tasty, but are very nutritious, too. It’s full of calcium, potassium and zinc. Did you know that a 1/4 cup of sesame seeds have more calcium than a cup of milk?