Tuesday, March 15, 2011

All Dressed Up and Ready to Go

Stepping away from traditional dressings can be difficult for some. Take these steamed green beans for instance. I could easily make a vinaigrette and have the side of boring with my meal. Today I decided to add an exciting ninja kick instead. 

Enter Shichimi Togarashi. Shichimi Togarashi is a Japanese spice blend meaning "seven flavour chili pepper". It is made with dried peppers, orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, and seaweed. It is available in most Asian grocery stores, catering to the Japanese market, in the Greater Toronto Area.

I decided to mix the magic powder to some sesame oil. Sesame oil is commonly used in Asian cooking to enhance the taste of foods. It has a high nutritional content containing omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

I topped the green beans with the oil-spice mixture and a little bit of sea salt. I also decided to add a few carrot top leaves to the mix. Unknown to most people, carrot greens are edible. They have a very concentrated carrot flavour and can be used like parsley. (Don't throw them away next time.)

Problem solved. Try it next time, when you're looking for a change from the ordinary.

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