1 cup thyme, chopped
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
good olive oil to taste
salt to taste
Buzz this up as you would a pesto in a blender. Outstanding on bruschetta or lavash. Think you could probably make this with any herb that you enjoy. Could also add some kalamatas I bet and it would be like a cross between tapanade and pesto.
(ooooooooooo, just did a google search and I was right about the name! here's a second version...)
~~ Zatar -- ~~
1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
3/4 Teaspoon Dried Marjoram
1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
1 1/2 Tablespoons Almonds -- ground
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest -- grated
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Denise's Farm Bruschetta (credit to "The Beltane Papers" journal of women's mysteries)
6 ripe garden tomatoes
½ Cup chopped fresh basil
½ Cup chopped onion
3-4 pressed or chopped garlic cloves
1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1 loaf baguette
salt & white pepper (lemon pepper works good too!)
Put chopped ingredients in bowl, salt and pepper lightly. Stir in olive oil. Set aside.
Cut bread at an angle, brush oil on bread and grill or toast in the oven until lightly browned around edges. Remove and rub with a cut garlic clove. Arrange bread on plate and add tomato mix and a sprig of fresh basil as garnish.
I've made this from fresh tomatoes, basil, onion and garlic from the garden with great results.
Many feasts involve a sharing of bread. Lammas especially focuses on the bounty of the growing season and first fruits.
Properties - medicinal and magickal
Tomatoes have long been held as the fruit associated with love. Basil is an antispasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, and aromatic herb and brings compassion to those sharing a meal. Basil is also associated with rites of initiation. Onion is an antiseptic in the gastro-intestinal tract and lowers blood pressure and symbolizes virility. Garlic stimulates digestive organs, greatly benefits blood circulation, and is a diuretic while
symbolizing health and protection.
Green bean salad
1.5 pounds of green beans
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 tsp chopped dill
1/2 to 1 cup chopped parsley
small bunch green onions, chopped
1/4 cup grated parmesan or Asiago cheese
2 TBS cider vinegar
2 TBS olive oil
1/4 cup plain yogurt
This is great for using up your abundant July herbs and earliest string beans. Chop everything and combine. Let sit in fridge at least 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to combine.
2 large lavash (whole wheat, tomato or spinach)
handful of kalamata or spanish olives
handful of mixed lettuces from garden, Boxelder Acres organic farm, or farmer's market
handful of herbs cut on the way out the door to work
(or Zatar if you have it)
Sprinkle of Asiago grated.
Spread yogurt on lavash. Add greens, herbs, olives & cheese. Consume sitting outside in a patch of sunshine.