Q&A

Hamilton Metro News - - Food - with GLENYS WOOLLARD If you have a food ques­tion email Glenys at glenys­wool­lard@clear.net.nz.

Do you have a recipe for the Mid­dle East­ern spice za’atar?

This one takes ad­van­tage of fresh thyme and oregano: Place in the bowl of amini food pro­ces­sor 3 ta­ble­spoons su­mac, 2 ta­ble­spoons fresh thyme leaves, 2 ta­ble­spoons fresh oregano, 1 ta­ble­spoon toasted sesame seeds, and 1 tea­spoon coarse sea salt. Pulse to­gether un­til com­bined and use to sprin­kle on hum­mus, sliced cu­cum­ber, fried eggs, oven chips, cooked veg­eta­bles, breads, etc. Themix can be stored in a small cov­ered con­tainer in the fridge for sev­eral weeks.

What’s the pur­pose of bread­crumbs in a tra­di­tional Christ­mas pud­ding?

They were once added for econ­omy, but now we use a mix­ture of bread­crumbs and flour to give the pud­ding a lighter tex­ture. To make fresh bread­crumbs use an or­di­nary white loaf that’s been staled in the fridge for a day or two (store-bought dried bread­crumbs are not suit­able). Cut off crusts and cube the bread, then re­duce to crumbs in the food pro­ces­sor. Sur­plus crumbs can be placed in a zip-lock plas­tic bag and frozen.

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