Nourishing plants can have a profound effect on our health when incorporated into our diet. By bringing herbs into the kitchen, we can enjoy their flavors and reap their benefits. The Healing Kitchen(Roost Books, 2016), by Holly Bellebuono, contains over 140 health-infused recipes intended to calm stress ease digestion, build immunity, promote overall wellness, and longevity. Bellebuono is an award-winning herbalist and has been handcrafting herbal remedies in the form of salves tinctures, and teas for over eighteen years.
Gomasio is a traditional Japanese blend of sea salt and toasted sesame seeds, resulting in a rich and textured seasoning. Rich in calcium, iron, and other trace minerals, sea salt and sesame seeds combine well with seaweeds and herbs to produce powerfully nutritious — and delicious — blends. Sprinkle gomasio on meat and fish, scrambled eggs, and salad greens with olive oil and vinegar. Keep your gomasio right on the table in an attractive saltcellar or dish so it can be enjoyed frequently.
“Many years ago,” says herbalist Kate Gilday, “I began to prepare a simple gomasio with sea salt and raw sesame seeds. I would toast the seeds, cool them, and then grind them with sea salt. I loved the taste and would use this condiment on rice and other grains, as well as on popcorn, on vegetables, or in soups.” Kate suggests trying this Simple Gomasio recipe first, and then adding a wild green or seaweed, one at a time, to gradually create more complex recipes, “so you can choose your ingredients wisely.”
• 1/4 cup sesame seeds
• 1 teaspoon salt of your choice, such as sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Pour in the sesame seeds and lightly toast them, stirring frequently, until they are fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the salt and cook, stirring continuously, for another 30 seconds. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and let cool. Using a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, pulse or grind to the desired consistency, being careful not to overgrind the mixture into a paste or seed butter. Store in a labeled glass jar.
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The Healing Kitchen by Holly Bellebuono, © 2016 by Holly Bellebuono. Illustrations © 2016 by Vikki Chu. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.roostbooks.com