Me and P have such opposite tastes in food that if I want, someday I can publish a book on it and make money.I can go to the extent of saying that there are two kinds of food eaters in this world..ones like me and others like my husband.None of us are picky eaters, it’s just that we pick different things to eat. I m over 70 recipes in this blog but if I actually start selecting, I wont be able to point out more than 8 recipes which both of us can settle on without raising an eyebrow or making faces or getting irked.The latest incident which reinforced this fact was when we went to a buffet.We started out on picking food & after coming back to the table, there was only one thing which was common on our plates-a corn cob.We looked at each other,then our plates, uttered some silent words & settled.
The best part is that when we were dating,never ever I could gauge this difference in palates.I was the one who usually ordered the food,now come on isn’t that obvious?And this poor guy ate everything without a fuss.Maybe coz he was “trying” to be a good guy.Not that he is not one right now,but it’s really challenging for me to dish out a meal almost daily.Its the same story when we go out to eat..altercations preceed choosing the restaurant.If I want to have pizza,he wants butter chicken & naan,I want chinese & he wants american and so on and so froth.This has nothing to do with the difference in our cultural backgrounds either.Not that he is a big fan of his native food, the one he grew up eating.If I cook something today and he likes it, its not CERTAIN that the next time I make the same thing,he will eat it.A dinner every evening is sort of shot at Black Jack..sometime I hit and most of the times I dont.I like and dislike it everyday..coz I have to actually think out a lot before making food.Oh man..marriage isnt an easy thing.
The fate of these honey sesame crisps which I made on Friday was similar.January 14 is observed as Makar Sankranti or Sun festival in India.The sun starts moving towards the northern hemisphere and the chill in the air starts decreasing giving way to spring time.Its sort of Indian Thanksgiving.The Hindus celebrate it a harvest festival in all parts of India under different names and rituals.It is considered auspicious to prepare food with sesame, corn, jaggery, rice and lentils on this day for lunch.Eating grains and seeds brings prosperity to the house.
I have grown up eating big feasts of rice & lentils,yogurt, vegetables, sweets , pickles, popcorn etc on this day.I wanted to prepare a similar meal but P was not too keen on eating it.And I didn’t want to waste grains either.So just as a small token of festivity I made these sesame honey crisps on Friday.P did not like them too much but I just loved them…little sweet, crispy and most of all figure-friendly.No sugar or flour or eggs.
Before I go any further..this recipe deserves a special shout out coz it is my own recipe from scratch to finish.I have substituted honey for sugar and homemade almond -cashew flour for the regular all purpose.
What I need: [Makes 12-15 crisps depending on size]
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup white sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp green cardamom powder
- less than pinch of salt
How I did it:
- Lightly toast the almonds and cashews in a sauce pan.Set aside to cool.
- In the same saucepan, add the sesame seeds and lightly toast them too.Set aside.
- Tip in the roasted almonds and cashews in the food processor with the metal blade and process to make a crumbly powder.The flour u get should not be too chunky or too fine.
- In a medium bowl, tip in the almond-cashew powder,sesame seeds,salt and cardamom powder.Combine well and let it sit.
- In a sauce pan,let the butter melt.When it has just about melted, add the honey, whisk the two to an emulsion.Don’t cook.
- Preheat oven to 400F.Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mats. I think aluminium foil will not work.
- Slowly add the butter-honey mix to the flour-sesame mix and start combining with a spatula. You might need little less or more honey mix if your flour is chunky or fine. The mix once done will resemble a loose cookie dough [but not runny]
- Spoon a dollop [approx 1 tbsp] of the mix on the parchment paper.Dip a fork in oil & flatten out the mix with the help of the back of the fork.
- Bake in oven for 8 -10 minutes or until the crisps are brown.You really need to keep a watch on these coz they cook really fast.
- Once done,take out of the oven and if you want, use a cookie cutter while still warm to a desired shape.
- Let the crisps cool before stacking them in air tight container.
- I noticed that the crisps became soft & little sticky the third day.Its due to use of honey and the moisture in it.
- I suggest baking in small batches to keep the freshness intact.
- Don’t worry about the scrap after cutting, it can be used for topping ice creams or adding crunch to desserts.
Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.
Sending this to Hearth n Soul #31