Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Each to their own!


Spice of the Month - Sesame seeds



Sesame seeds came from India.  But they were commonly used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Sesame seeds were used to treat stomach problems.

The seeds are gathered just before being fully ripe.  When they ripen on the plant they shatter.  This is thought to be where the phrase Open Sesame comes from.

Add the seeds lightly toasted in a dry pan into stir fries.  You can also mix them through butter for a spread.

Tahini is made from sesame seeds.

If you are using sesame oil, just use a few drops and then taste – it is really powerful stuff and there is no going back if you overdo it.

Try adding some toasted sesame seeds to mashed potato.  Sprinkle some over creamed spinach.


BIBLIOGRAPHY - with thanks to Auckland Libraries

Cook's Encyclopaedia of Spices by Sallie Morris & Lesley Mackley
Discovering Vegetables, Herbs & Spices by Susanna Lyle
Spice Market by Jane Lawson
Spicery by Ian & Elizabeth Hemphill
Spices & Natural Flavourings by Jennifer Mulherin
Spices by Sophie Grigson
Spices Condiments and Seasonings by Kenneth T Farrell
Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by Elizabeth David
The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander

Monday, 25 July 2016

Going onto the commonplace board


Monthly Quiz


Below you will find pictures of 10 women – they were all born in July.  How many can you identify?

As always, the answer can be found by highlighting the line under the picture.  Good luck!




Diana Rigg





Diana, Princess of Wales





J K Rowling





Frida Kahlo



Nancy Reagan






Caroline Wozniacki





Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall





Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany)





Dame Te Atairangikaahu (Maori Queen)



Sandra Bullock