so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
This dressing is both creamy smooth and chunky and is a delicious complement to our pumpkin seed patties. Tahini makes a yoghurt-like base for the sauce, and refreshing cucumber, dill, lemon and mint, add Mediterranean flavors that work beautifully with salads, veggies, tomatoes, or potatoes. Enjoy!
Ingredients: Makes 1 cup
1/4 cup raw tahini
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dill
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon Celtic, or Himalayan salt
Few shakes of black or red pepper
Garnish: sprig of fresh mint and minced chives
Put the tahini and water into a bowl, and mix with a whisk until smooth. Add dill, lemon juice, lemon zest (the peel, super finely grated), garlic, salt and pepper. Peel cucumber and finely chop. Add to dressing and mix in well. Serve immediately, or chill for later use.
A Little Story: Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me!
This time of year the fruit flies can become a major nuisance, and living in a home with a kitchen overflowing with ripening fruits keeps the situation lively!
We've found there's a way to co-exist that lessens our frustration levels, and keeps the flies happy too. The solution is so simple: put a piece or two of fresh fruit in a dry, 8 oz. glass, and set it out to entice the little guys.
Leave the glass in the kitchen in a spot that doesn't get disturbed, and watch the flies go for the fruit. After a few hours, trap them by putting a firm piece of paper or lightweight cardboard quickly (they're fast!) on top of the glass. Then take the flies outside and release them. Because they're prolific multipliers, change the fruit each day, or you'll end up with hatchlings in the kitchen like we did last year!
I've discovered that they're attracted to light at night, so I hold the glass under the porch light when I release them, and they lift off, heading for the glow, lickety split.
Fruit flies seem to savor lemon halves, bananas, or any fruit that emotes a strong fragrance, like canteloupe. They're also drawn to vinegar, so a few drops with a teaspoon of water in a glass also works. In peak season, I often have to make three or four trips outside a day, and occasionally have two glasses going at the same time, in different places in the kitchen. But I feel better about making the effort than I do about ending their lives.
Living a love based life is learning to live with all of life. Send us your stories on how you are co-existing with critters in ways that don't harm the planet, and hopefully, the life forms too. We'd love to hear from you and will share your helpful tips in an upcoming Healing Feast!