by Amy Chaplin
Martha's Circle

Category Archive for 'Condiments'

The recent appearance of fresh fava beans at the health food store in my neighborhood was a welcome sight. Although they’re not yet grown locally, they were a sure sign of the lovely spring vegetables to come. Fava beans are a great way to make any simple salad, sautéed greens or grain dish special and […]

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I have seen orange colored cauliflowers around but never cooked with one; that is until today. What I’ve made here is basically this soup without the collard greens and dill, and added a small peeled celery root that I had on hand. Everything was blended until smooth and velvety, resulting in this lovely butter-hued puree. […]

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Black Sesame Gomasio

Gomasio is sesame salt, made from toasted sesame seeds and sea salt ground together. It is a delicious condiment that I think goes particularly well with simple grain dishes, especially brown rice. You can buy prepared gomasio in many health foods stores but when you make it fresh the flavor is delicious and the smell, […]

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Kimchi

                                I was introduced to the excitement and delight of fermenting foods by Sandor Katz (mentioned here).  After a five day workshop with him all I wanted to do was retreat to a country kitchen and experiment. He showed us […]

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Tasty Condiments

                                I have had a lot of requests for simple, quick meals and it’s got me thinking about how I eat at home on a daily basis. It’s definitely not complicated and time consuming but it is delicious and healthy. […]

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Tonight, I am going over to my friend Susan’s for dinner; it is always a pleasure to share meals, prosecco and conversation on her lovely terrace. Susan Simon is an author of many wonderful cookbooks and a catering extraordinaire. In the 10 years that I have known her she has taught me a lot about […]

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