February 24, 2010

Tahini for Two

Hey kids, thank you for the words of encouragement and congratulations on my involvement at Sun In Bloom! It feels right and good to have let you in on that.

One of my biggest supporters in that regard has always been Gena, so you might not be surprised to learn that I had dined with her chez moi on Monday, just one night before the not-so-big reveal. We had a nice Chatty McChat-Chat, and when she left I felt like I had my head on just a little bit straighter.

Here is the wee spread:


(Welcome to NYC apartment living.)

Let’s zoom in a tad…


…and another tad…


Soup and salad it was indeed! The kale was just massaged with olive oil, lemon juice and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

The soup, on the other hand, was an original. It actually ended up on top of the salad as well, for the most part.


Coconut Curry Soup (Raw, Vegan)


  • meat of 1 young Thai coconut
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 tsp your favorite curry powder
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water, depending how thick you want it
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 inches lemongrass stalk (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except for oil in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. With the motor running, drizzle in the oil.
  3. Pour into bowls and serve.

Serves 2-3


On the side, we dipped some juicer-pulp crackers and baby carrots into a seed pate inspired by my favorite dressing at Sun In Bloom: the signature sesame ginger!

Sesame-Ginger Pate (Raw, Vegan)


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine sesame seeds and oil in a food processor and let it run until a paste begins to form.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients, except for water. Blend until fairly smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Add water gradually, processing until the pate has reached the texture you like.

In all honesty, my pate didn’t end up tasting too very similar to the dressing that I love so much at Sun In Bloom, but it tasted good, and that’s what matters. Gingery tahini works just fine for me!

Speaking of blooms, Julie Lynn bestowed the Sunshine Award upon me last week, so it’s about time I thanked her!


The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogosphere. The rules are simple, pass the award on to 12 bloggers who fit the criteria for you and link back to the blog that nominated you for the award. 

12?! Gracious. Just the thought of trying to narrow it down like that makes my head spin, so I’m going to bend the rules selfishly and award this bit of sunshine to whoever happens to make the first comment on this post. Not because I’m trying to promote comments on my blog (though who isn’t?) but rather because I feel lucky to have received sunshine in the first place and want to send it back out into the world. Notification of a comment on this post lets me know it hit its mark. :)

Looking forward to sunny days ahead!


Anonymous said...

i might be the first comment? haha! LOVE the spread you guys had, yum yum. vegan pate? nice! i wish i could experience NYC apartment living!

Shannon said...

so when can i come visit? :) might actually try to get down there sometime end of march/early april... i'll let you know!!

tasteofbeirut said...

Loved the photos of New York dining in your apt. It reminded me of when I lived in Soho and was visiting my friend Carole her apt was similar to yours!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

congrats on the award, julie gave it to me too but I have not been as diligent as you have been :)

the coconut soup...no garlic, onions, or boiling vats of water. LOVE it.

Your apt. Cute and what's even cuter is that you have Gena's ear to bend and you two are NYC BFF's. Wow. Sooo cool!

Oh yeah coconut oil...serioulsy girl, i can see YOU in particular falling in love just based on your palate that i see on the bloggie.

Erica said...

What a nice dinner you put together! I swear a meal with a good friend is just the best! And I'd gladly come kick your booty any time ;)

iga@thedelishdish said...

yay for blogger dinner...food looks so fresh and yummy too, and the coconut soup sounds so flavorful!

katherine said...

sesame seed pate? yes please! love that you're getting such great inspiration from SIB. can't wait to check the restaurant out soon :)

Sophie @ yumventures said...

I love both yours and Gena's blog, so its great to hear about your get together! The soup sounds amazing, I love Thai-inspired soups! Or anything, really :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans said...

Your apartment is too cute! Your soup looks amazing. I love anything Thai!

Mo Diva said...

i need to try massged kale. What kind of massage does it require? Deep tissue? Shiatzu? Hot stone?

Gabriela said...

That dinner you prepared looks fantastic! I'm always so intrigued by raw foods. Gena's blog is definitely one of my favorites! And I love the NYC apartment setup...so glamorous to live here, isn't it?

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

OMG OMG, that looks like a fantastic dinner! I love your adorable little table. :) So cute.

Everything looks so amazingly delicious & I'm sure it was a GREAT dinner with Gena!

BroccoliHut said...

Whoa, that soup looks phenom!! All my favorites in one glorious bowl.

Anonymous said...

that raw spread and soup sound delicious! :)
and congrats to the award!

emily said...

I'm a post late, but congrats on the new venture, sounds fun!