Spring Crudités w Black Tahini & Green Pea(ce) Dip

Posted by: on Maj 28, 2016 | 23 Comments

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It’s time to eat the season again. Not just ‘seasonal eating’ but really letting your plate be a refection of what goes on in nature. I feel like the total spring party of crudités and dips here tells the story of the abundance that I see around me at this time in May. There is so much beauty it’s almost blinding and when trying to formulate all my bubbly feelings towards it I sound like broken record. There just aren’t enough adjectives in the Swedish language to tackle my over-the-top joy for all.that.green. I can hear myself in Caspian’s way of calling everything he’s likes ’fantastic’ and ’magical’ and then I think, my gosh who cares about words when what matters is the feeling behind them.

..and that’s all there is. Diving into the pure overwhelming feeling of the wondrous moments in life. There is SO MUCH that longs for your look, your draw of breath and the way you just can’t help thinking HOLYMOLYYOMGYES! (be it because of a spread of spring crudités, blossoming lilacs, a really great kiss, a touch or a juicy aha-moment. The situation does not matter, your feeling towards it does.

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

Up for a cool fact about sesame seeds? When sesame pods reach maturity, they just all of a sudden burst open. Pa-pow! The are not like everyone else (where you have open the pods). Nope, sesame seeds are simply that excited about life and getting out into the world. Rad, eh? I think sometimes we should take a cue from the sesame seeds and just jump into the unknown to see what it will bring. Summer resolution?!

Other than it’s amazing pro-life qualities mentioned above, the sesame seed is an incredibly rich source of minerals such as magnesium, zink, calcium, iron, mangnese & phosphorous. A good rotation of whole foods is important to get all the macro- and micro nutrients we need but the fact that our soils are depleted of minerals due to unwise agri’culture’ play a huge role here. Consciously adding in some ’super’ foods like sesame seeds gives us a great boost. So fortify your week of meals & drinks with this black sesame tahini, sesame milk, dukkah and za’atar. Making your own black tahini (welcome to the dark side ;) is a perfect way to get all these awesome minerals. It’s much less bitter then the ’regular’ tahini and I love to spread it on slices of fresh veg & fruit, crackers, or blend it into a dressing or sauce. Basically – this rad dip goes with everything you want to add some extra awesomeness to. Caspian is the biggest fan as well so this one gets all the thumbs up!

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Spring Cruditees w w Black Tahini & Green Pea(ce) Dip

Is there a better way to fully enjoy the season then preparing a Fresh Produce Party and pair it with dips and quality oil + salts. My favorites at the moment is this herby pea dip and a dramatic black tahini. Virgin olive oil, flaky sea salt and hickory smoked salt are perfect pairings too. A squeeze of lemon (if you’re into that) can take things to the next level as well.

Herby Pea(ce) dip

1 1/2 cup green peas (fresh OR frozen + thawed)
1 small handfull thyme
1 small handfull cilantro (you can use stems too!)
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp quality salt

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until creamy (you can use an immersion blender as well). Stays fresh in an airtight glass jar in the fridge for 3-4 days. Use as a dip/spread or add to soups, pasta, stews, salads etc

Black Tahini

1 cup black sesame seeds
1/4 tsp quality salt
2 tbsp virgin olive oil

  1. Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir pretty much constantly and remove from heat as soon as sesame seeds start to pop.
  2. Remove seeds from pan straight away and add to a food processor along with the other ingredients. Blend for a couple of minutes until smooth.
  3. Store in an air-tight glass jar in the fridge for 4+ weeks (good luck making it last that long though)

Spring Cruditées 

Use whatever spring produce you can find and celebrate the new season! Eat them whole as they are or slice thinly on a mandolin slicer. I’m personally obsessed with thinly sliced kohlrabi and radishes at the moment but dipping whole new asparagus in some good olive oil + quality salt never gets old.

Spring carrots
Asparagus
Green beans
Fresh peas
Radishes
Kohlrabi
Turnip

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Righto, babes! Let’s have ourselves an ‘Open Sesame’ Summer! In other words let’s be excited, let’s dive in, let’s fall and get back up again, let’s love, eat. explore and most of all, let’s say ‘HOLYMOLYOMGYES!’. You in?!

°°Elenore°° Ps. Let’s talk more on Instagram, I love connecting with you there <3

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22 Comments

  1. Laura
    28 maj, 2016

    This snack spread sounds so wonderful and perfect for all that spring-y LIFE food that’s starting to pop up here as well. And I love your reminder to focus on the true feeling instead of trying to fumble with the communication end of things. I’m an avid feeler of feelings :) Sending a big hug your way! xo

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      Right?! Im thinking that we sometimes make it all harder by trying too much and verbalizing things too soon perhaps. Feeling all the feels and see where it leads might be a good thing :) Btw, do you know you posted this comment about 30 seconds after I hit ‘publish’? That’s one well-timed lady right there! Hope you’re getting some good porch livin’ this wknd!

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  2. Sarah | Well and Full
    28 maj, 2016

    Such a beautiful spring spread, so full of vibrance and LIFE! I love the duo of dips too :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      Ah Sarah! You are the kindest! I’m all for vibrance and life :) ..as you are! <3 <3 <3 Sending so much love to your weekend! Sweet to see you here!

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  3. Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}
    29 maj, 2016

    Oooo that black tahini looks rad! Gotta make me a jar asap. I always keep black sesame seeds at home to sprinkle on stir fried and the like, but for some reason I’ve never gotten around to make tahini from them.
    Hope you’re having a nice weekend dancing around in the garden or whatever you do over there ;) xx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      m-mmm and sesame seeds sprinkled onto rice paper rolls – YUM! but yeah, try it babe! ps. thinking of you often, you’re doing it for realz, girl! So inspiring!

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  4. Clémentine
    29 maj, 2016

    Hahaha! I also recently developed an addiction for eating raw asparagus just like that… dipped in nut butter or olive oil + mustard / zaa’tar. Which is a good thing because yesterday at the famers’ market there was a misunderstanding (should I blame my german?!) and I ended up with 1kg of beautifully fresh and crisp asparagus… Instead of 400 gr!
    Hope the sun is shinning as well in Sweden! Take care Elenore!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      Ohhhh my goodness your asparagus dipping scene sounds so darn good. I’m so trying that this weekend! Have fun with your green haul, babe!

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  5. Shilpa
    29 maj, 2016

    This is perfect for this heat spell we are having right now. I adore black tahini but was always buying it. Never thought of making it. Thanks for the inspiration! And that pea dip looks divine.

    Have you tried sesame milk with black sesame?

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      Hi Shilpa! What a brilliant idea! Black sesame milk :) I’ll definitely try that!

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  6. Shanna
    29 maj, 2016

    Okay first of all – Caspian is the friggin’ cutest little man ever. That hair? (boots..pants..everything), just kill me. So adorable.

    Second, yowza woman! That dip looks incredible. I especially like mixing it up with foods that aren’t the bright and eye popping types – great contrast. Definitely going to be whipping up a jar of that this week. Delicious!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      Actually I wouldn’t mind a rad pair of those dinosaur pants myself :) haha.. Hope you got a chance to whip up the dips, babe! Sending so much love your way! Thank you for all the inspiration you spread!

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  7. Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow
    30 maj, 2016

    Hey Elenore! Yes I feel exactly the same about the green and adjectives, I’m like a broken record but who cares I feel it, it’s the best thing!! I love this dip, got to get me some black sesames. Have a gorgeous week! <3 <3

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      I feel like its a common thread around our earth-crazy ladies around here :) but things could be worse, eh? We know love. That’s the biggest gift!

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  8. kate
    2 juni, 2016

    For some reason, I was thinking that you meant to use the entire pea pod….take the strings off both sides, and blend the pods. wonder how that would work….???? Now I”m pretty sure you just mean the peas inside.

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  9. kate
    2 juni, 2016

    here’s an update on the pea pod pate….I used my pods, being careful to take any string things off both edges. put in blender, with some water, lemon, olive oil, and miso. I found out that there is so much water in these pods, they do NOT need added water…just a couple teaspoons of olive oil, and about 1 t. lemon, and 1 t. miso. I am eating it wrapped up in butter lettuce leaves. amazing. so there you go, it did work with pods.

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    • ElenoreEarth
      4 juni, 2016

      Kate! You’re next level! So incredible! I’ll try it next time I get my hands on fresh pods <3 Have a gorgeous weekend!

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  10. Kathleen
    3 juni, 2016

    Love this!

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  11. Rachel @ Baking Up Bliss
    6 juni, 2016

    I SO enjoyed reading this…what a great way to start the summer :)

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  12. anna
    9 juni, 2016

    Jag hade ingen aning om att man kan göra tahina på svarta sesamfrön!! Det är ju medicin! Måste prova! Blir det inte väldigt beskt? Hursomhelst; Älskar detta inspirerande inlägg. Tack tack :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      10 juni, 2016

      Hoppas att du får tillfälle att prova! Det är faktiskt mindre beskt än med de vita sesamfröna. :)

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