Here comes rant #2. Ready? Here we go.
What’s with the Universe conspiring to make sure I get absolutely no sleep? Seriously. What’s up with that?
By now I know that shutting off my brain when I get in bed, is pretty much an impossible task. Because trying to ignore the thousand and one thoughts, ideas, plans and all the other nonsense living in my head, is just not going to happen. And it’s ok, I can live with that.
But apparently, sleeping in a little bit in the morning isn’t going to happen either.
My son is usually my alarm clock, set for 6am. He’s 7, so I guess that’s somewhat normal. But you would think that the days he’s not with me, I would get a chance to sleep in juuust a little bit, right?? Wrong.
There’s always something or someone determined to keep that from happening: the landscapers, a text message, a call, me just randomly opening my eyes at 5am for no reason… And you wanna hear the latest one? My neighbor sneezing. I’m not even trying to be funny here. I’m dead serious. That’s what woke me up a couple of days ago. I don’t know if it was my neighbor in the apartment above mine, or next to mine or where the heck he was. All I know is that he sneezed and it woke me up. Isn’t that ridiculous? I mean, I know I’m a light sleeper but, come on!! So, I’m pretty much giving up at this point. Thank goodness for coffee. And concealer.
Anyway… that’s that. But going back to the whole balance thing. The Universe’s shenanigans aren’t always that annoying. A lot of times, they’re quite interesting. And awesome.
Like, the way we discovered this new product that we’ve fallen in love with: Soom brand Tehina
Both Vicky and I got our hands on this amazing sesame paste through two different sources, that ended up being “connected” themselves. It’s sort of a long story (may be for another post) but the bottom line is, we were somehow meant to try this product and it found its way to us.
Soom Foods Tehina (which is actually the more correct way to call it) the most delicious tahini, we have tried so far. We compared it to several other brands that we use, and it’s definitely far superior. It has a natural sweetness and richness that makes all our dishes shine. The secret is in the seeds, Amy, the youngest of the 3 sisters behind Soom Foods, tells us Soom Foods Tehina is made in Israel using White Humera Sesame seeds imported from Ethiopia. It’s really worth a try. You can usually order from their site, but it is being updated at this time, so just send them an email and they will let you know were you can buy this fantastic tahini (or even better Tehina 🙂 ).
Need more excuses to try it? Check out these recipes… ENJOY!!
- 2 large eggplants
- 1 cup raw black beluga lentils, rinsed
- 4 cups of water with 1tsp of salt
- ¼ cup tahini (we used our favorite Tehina Soom Foods)
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (not the bottled stuff, please!!)
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1 medium pomegranate)
- 1 loaf of crusty whole grain country bread or your bread of choice
- Pre-heat oven to broil 550F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum or parchment paper
- Stab eggplant on all sides with a knife about 20-30 times (depending on the size) and place it on the lined baking sheet. Broil for 30 minutes on each side
- In the meantime bring salted water to a boil. Add rinsed lentils and cook for 20 minutes on high (the lentils will still be al dente)
- Remove eggplant from the oven and let it sit until cool enough to handle (about 20 minutes). Cut in half and with the help of a spoon, scoop out ALL the flesh, discarding the skin
- Place eggplant in a colander, with a bowl underneath, and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Place eggplant in a large glass bowl. Mash it with a fork, and mix in tahini, lemon juice and salt until well incorporated.
- Then add sesame seeds, pomegranate seeds, parsley and 1¼ cups of cooked lentils and mix well
- Serve over toasted crusty wholegrain bread