It’s All About Tahini

It should be obvious from the title of this website that I love tahini. Before I chose to become a vegan I didn’t even know tahini existed. Looking back, I really wish I had discovered tahini sooner. I just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff! Unfortunately, tahini is very expensive and Tim and I shop on a budget. When I find myself scraping the last teaspoon of tahini from a jar, I get pretty sad. It is incredibly versatile: sauces, breads, baked treats, dressings, spreads, straight from the jar (no, not really!!)…

I finally decided that the cost of tahini wasn’t worth it (like the cost of maple syrup). Tim and I have tried unsuccessfully to make our own tahini twice. Today was the third attempt, and as the saying goes, it was the charm! I found an awesome recipe for homemade tahini, and it couldn’t be simpler to make. The best part? It is very inexpensive!!! There are only two ingredients: sesame seeds and canola oil (EDIT: I am pretty sure this recipe would work without oil. If you try it, let me know!). The hardest part was transferring oven toasted sesame seeds to my food processor. Let’s just say that the inside of my oven and pretty much the entire kitchen have traces of the wee seeds hiding out (waiting for bare feet to trample them and transfer them elsewhere around the apartment).

Click the link above for the recipe and start making your own tahini!!! My end result yielded about 20 ounces, which is a generous amount. And, because I love tahini so much, I am asking readers to leave a comment with their favorite recipe using tahini. I will randomly pick a comment, and that person will receive a few handmade reusable bulk food/produce bags!!!! How exciting right? The cutoff for the contest will be February 10th at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. I will also make the winning recipe and feature it in a future post. I have my favorite tahini recipes, and now I want yours!

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A big jar full of homemade tahini

Mish-Mash-Mosh

First the mish:

An update on the reusable bulk food/produce bags Tim and I have been making (W.I.P. Wednesdays!!! Yay Shel!):

We found some incredibly awesome eco-poly ripstop nylon at our local fabric store. It is made from 100% recycled textiles (polyester and nylon)! How cool is that? I think it makes reducing our impact even more effective – hooray! The colors are pretty and the fabric is soft, lightweight, and easy to clean. Over the weekend I made six bags in reds and blues, and I plan on making lots more as time allows (I need more time!!!). I am considering having a wee giveaway soon, so get excited! Here is a peek at the fabrics and some of the finished bags:

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We have a total of nine bags (and need more) in a variety of sizes. We went grocery shopping earlier and put them to use. I was skeptical about filling one with flour, but it worked beautifully! When I got home, I just transferred the flour to another container and rinsed the bag out. Easy as! We even used one for kale! I love avoiding the rolls of plastic bags hanging near produce and bulk bins. Besides, using handmade items makes you happy, right? Right.

And now the mash:

A few test recipe photos for Celine and Joni’s 500 Vegan Recipes Cookbook:

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Sesame Fauxcaccia (take 1)

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Sesame Fauxcaccia (take 2)

This flatbread is delicious. I had trouble not eating the entire loaf before it had cooled properly. It’s a lovely accompaniment to soups and salads. It has a spicy kick and the health benefits of sesame seeds. Goodness all around. I imagine this bread would make for fantastic sammies too.

Lastly, the mosh

Just for fun, here’s an example of what happens when my camera is left unattended:

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What?

Oh! There is a new vegan restaurant opening in Portland on Friday! The above’s b-day is Saturday so I think I see a special dinner coming up soon!!!! Vegan Italian food? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaahhhhhhhh…  !!!