The CookingBites Recipe Challenge: Sesame Seeds

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges, Questions & Quizzes' started by morning glory, Apr 30, 2018.

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  1. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Congratulations go to medtran49 who won the Recipe Challenge ‘milk and/or cream’ with a recipe for Chicken massaman curry and has chosen Sesame Seeds (including any of their products, such as oil, flour, tahini) as the next challenge ingredient. The deadline for entries is midday Monday 28th May (GMT +1).

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    The full list of previous winners, recipes and chosen ingredients can be found here.

    A Reminder of the"Rules" (revised May 2017)

    You must post up the recipe here on CookingBites during the time frame of the competition (no screenshots of or links to recipes on other sites other than crediting is permitted).
    • The recipe must contain the ingredient specified in the challenge.
    • The recipe must have the 'recipe' prefix and the 'CookingBites recipe challenge' tag. It should also have the correct normal tags so the recipe below would have the 'chicken' and 'lemons' tags at a minimum.
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    • The recipe must be linked to in this thread to indicate participation in the current recipe challenge.
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    • To include everyone in any challenge, a suitable vegetarian/vegan/allergy free/intolerance free substitution will be permitted if the challenge ingredient is something a participant can not or does not eat, for whatever reason. What is permitted is up to the current challenge judge to decide on.
    • (New) In the event that an ingredient is unavailable regionally, substitutions should be agreed with the judge.
    • The judge's (or site owner's) decision is final and the new winner will select the next ingredient and the time frame...
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Has anyone tried to make their own sesame seed paste (tahini)? Its something somewhere on my huge 'to do' list - so perhaps now is the time to try it.
     
  3. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    We'll be using sesame seeds and sesame oil tonight in bibimbap.

    So many cuisines use sesame seeds in sweet and savory dishes that it will be interesting to see the recipes entered.
     
  4. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    Not made my own tahini but I have an excellent recipe from a Chinese friend.
     
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  5. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    We had a sesame seed explosion in our kitchen tonight. I had some time to play and had sesame seeds and oil in the house. The rest of the ingredients are using what was in the fridge/freezer.

    Salmon toasts
    Salmon cakes
    I had a slaw with sesame vinaigrette. Husband had the slaw stir-fried but also dressed with sesame oil.
    I also had cucumber soaked in rice vinegar and a pinch of sugar and sprinkled with chilli flakes. And some home made chilli oil.

    http://www.cookingbites.com/threads/salmon-toasts-and-salmon-cakes.12809/
     
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  6. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    How fantastic! I'm off to stock up on black and white sesame seeds tomorrow. And if I can get them, red ones. I didn't know until this challenge that red ones existed.
     
  7. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Me either.
     
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  8. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

    Location:
    NSW, Australia
  9. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I think they might just be reddish brown... I wasn't able to get any but did buy white and black. Now the challenge (for me) is to find a way of using sesame seeds that is not just a sprinkle or a crust/coating (although I may make a few entries like that). Obviously tahini - but I'm researching other options.
     
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  10. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    There are yellow sesame seeds too and sesame seed flour. There are so many uses for them, as they are used in sweets, breads, and savory dishes.
     
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  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    @medtran49 or anyone else - do you know how to make sesame flour? For once, Google has let me down and I simply can't find instructions! I can buy it on-line but its stupid expensive. I simply ground some hulled white sesame seeds in a spice grinder this morning. Is that it? Easy-peasy, if so. But I did detect a vey slight bitterness in the taste. Is that normal?

    It looks right - similar to ground almonds but whiter.
     
  12. medtran49

    medtran49 Senior Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    I googled "how to make sesame seed flour" and got several results. Most used a spice grinder. One used a blender and toasted the sesame seeds first. I've always felt there was a slight bitterness to sesame seeds when I tasted just them, i.e. licking my fingers to get stuck ones off. Yeah, I know, but tell me you've never done similar. :oops:
     
  13. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

    Location:
    NSW, Australia
    Grinding them directly should not in theory result in flour because of their very high oil content (40%). I would hazard a guess that the flour is a left over by-product after extracting the oil. With almonds, almond meal is what is left and then dried after making almond milk, similarly with hazelnuts. So you'll need to get the oil out somehow

    Also similar to almonds surely ground sesame seeds are exactly that ground sesame seeds (with a risk of forming sesame seed paste or butter). Ground almonds are exactly that. To make almond meal (not quite almond flour but without further grinding or prior removal of the almond skin, as close as you get) I would murder some almonds in water using my Vitamix (or another liquidiser that can make almond milk). The better and finger the murdering the better. Then I'd put the whole lot through a very fine but milk bag before squeezing dry the left overs in the bag. These would then be dried or dehydrated in a dehydrator before being ground up a fresh. The result is almond meal not ground almonds.

    In theory I would guess at something similar happening to sesame seeds after the oil had been extracted. Otherwise you'd just have ground sesame seeds assuming it doesn't make tahini by default.
     
  14. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn (Site Owner) Staff Member

    Location:
    NSW, Australia
    Some references I have found (sources are the title links)

    And

    The Amazon description (from a product being sold through it) is incorrect.
     
  15. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Thanks - I found those sources too - but no recipe is included. Strange isn't it? Its usual to Google a recipe and find it. Perhaps, given the ridiculous prices it sells for, they don't want us to know how easy it is to make.

    I think what I have made will be OK. We will see. The alternative would be to toast the seeds first, which I can also try out.
     
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