Dressed to impress
Give salads, stir fries and steamed vegetables the finishing touch
PALM sugar is a nutrient-rich, low-glycaemic crystalline sweetener that looks, tastes, dissolves and melts almost exactly like sugar. It’s completely natural and unrefined. It’s acquired from the flowers growing high on coconut trees, which are opened to collect their liquid flower nectar.
This nectar is then air-dried to form a crystalline sugar that’s naturally brown in colour and naturally rich in a number of key vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients including potassium, zinc, iron and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.
Palm sugar is not a calorie-free sweetener. It has calories like any carbohydrate, but due to its relatively low glycaemic index, its calories are absorbed into the bloodstream at a significantly slower rate than regular refined sugar.
Asian-style lemongrass, ginger and chilli marinade or dressing
Makes 1 cup
INGREDIENTS: 1 stalk of lemongrass 3 cloves garlic tbs fresh ginger 2 long red chillies, deseeded, chopped 3 tbs fish sauce 2 tbs lime juice 3 tbs palm sugar ¼ tsp sesame oil 3 tbs soy sauce
METHOD: For the marinade, roughly chop the lemongrass and place it in a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined. This will keep in the fridge for up to a month; you can add a couple of tablespoons of light olive oil to make it a great dressing for a salad or steamed vegetables.
Coriander and lime dressing
This is a zesty and flavoursome dressing ideal to use over salads, vegetables and in stir-fries.
Makes 1 cup
INGREDIENTS: ½ bunch coriander stalks 1 clove garlic ½ tsp sesame oil ¼ cup sweet chili 2 tbs fish sauce ½ cup sweet style vinegar or verjuice* 2 tbs lighter tasting oil
METHOD: Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and combine until smooth. This will keep in the fridge for up to a month. *Verjuice is a condiment made from the first press of grapes. It is a fresh product although you will find it near the vinegars. It has a slightly sweeter taste than vinegar but is used as a vinegar in dressings, marinades and also for desserts. Once opened verjuice has to be kept in the fridge.