Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pumpkin Seed and Black Sesame Seed Cornmeal and Whole Wheat Cracker Recipe

















Wow, there’s nothing like being honored as a Blog of Note on Blogger to get one back on track with the postings. Sheesh! 6,432 page views in a day and a half! Over 150 new followers! Welcome, everyone; this is exciting. Thank you all for your comments and for your interest, I hope you will find useful recipes here, and enjoy reading about my life and travels.

I am working hard here in Paris, after having been working hard in Vienna, and before that working hard in Montpellier, and will soon head to Brussels, and then Geneva before packing for my Brooklyn home and a little rest. I am dancing in a project for Boris Charmatz, a French choreographer, and having a blast on stage with lots of old friends and colleagues from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, where we all danced at some point in our lives. My body is achy from intense rehearsals and more shows than I’m used to, but what fun it is to be performing regularly again, and sharing the stage with such amazing talents.

Not only have I been away from my New York City home, but I have also been away from a kitchen of any sort until my arrival at the Citadines Hotel in Montmartre, where I have created a healthy one pot pre-performance meal of pumpkin, lentils, mushrooms, and chard. I like having a kitchen, because I can do familiar things like juice a lemon into my glass of water in the morning, make green tea, spread some olive oil on whole-grain toast for breakfast with a little avocado, or slice of cheese, or hard-boiled egg. There is a phenomenal organic market in Paris where I stocked up on provisions for my humble kitchen, but even these small comforts make an impersonal hotel room more like home.

Yes, I am aware that the picture I posted above looks like one of chocolate chip cookies, and I’m very sorry to disappoint those sweets lovers out there, but you will be happy to know that these pumpkin seed and black sesame seed crackers make a perfect vehicle to scoop up some feta-walnut spread, the subject of the previous post. I made these crackers over a month ago, and somehow managed to lose track of the sites I’ve adapted the recipe from, but as I recall, I combined two recipes and added my own ingredients, too, so let’s just call this an original. Impressive, simple, and inexpensive, after my first cracker attempt I’ll never go back to store-bought.

Pumpkin Seed and Black Sesame Seed Cornmeal and Whole Wheat Cracker Recipe


1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (be creative here and add any type of seed or herb, even, that you like)
4 teaspoons black sesame seeds
1/3 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the olive oil and combine. Form the dough into small balls and press onto a lightly oiled baking sheet (or one covered with a silicone silpat), until about 1/8 inch thick, leaving a little space between crackers. Bake until golden brown. Makes about 3 dozen palm-sized crackers.

Alternatively, and for a more free-form and less chocolate chip cookie look, one could press the dough into a thin sheet covering the baking pan, cook until golden, and break them apart once cooled.

Other spreads from A Hungry Bear Won't Dance that would be delicious with these crackers: Almond and Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto, Hummus Recipe, Fresh Ricotta and Mint Recipe: a Spread with Purple Garlic and Olive Oil

43 comments:

TheRamblingEpicure said...

These sound fantastic, Banu!

Pink Velvet Bird said...

Sounds yummy & they're vegan! Thanks for sharing!
PinkVelvetBird

Freckle and Hyde said...

What a great blog! Congrats!

Chrissy said...

This looks good!... Will have to try this out.

adrienne said...

This looks good. What about using regular sesame seeds (cheaper and more common)? Also--what is the approximate baking time? Thanks

"Guppy" Honaker said...

Congratulations, Banu, on being a "Blog of Note!" And your cracker recipe looks delicious.

Best regards, David
Aloe Vera 101

tom said...

just had to say one of the best blog titles yet. tom

Anita Emerson said...

Hi Banu! This sounds awesome. I'm a new wife and it's starting to become quite a project for me to come up with some healthy recipes be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or mainly just snacks for my husband and me. We love to eat good food but can't always afford it and like a lot of Americans are forced to buy what is affordable and work with that. I think this is a fantastic recipe and I'm definitely going to try this one and hope that my husband likes it too. Thanks for experimenting ;-)Add one more to your "more than 150 followers" Take care and kepp posting!!!

Girl of 1000 Lists said...

Your recipes look delicious, which is great because they are also healthy. I can't wait to try them! If you hadn't been a Blog of Note, I would probably have never found your blog. Congratulations!

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Sally said...

Last night, as I chopped red, yellow and green peppers for a stir fry- I found myself appreciating the colors and textures.... different from my normal preoccupations.... discovered I was thinking of you in your NY apartment and wondering if your back was better!
This is why I love blogging- it gives us access to worlds we would never think of otherwise..
Your blog is wonderful, and I am grateful that I stumbled on it

Lavina said...

It amazes me that you've traveled this much and accomplished so much on an artist's budget! Have you ever invested, or anything like that? I know a friend of mine wanted to dance (as a career) but that never got off the ground because of finances.

---
Lavina
http://www.qualityresearch.org.uk/

SM said...

loved the blogs!! so i will follow ;)

denysmaco0l said...

nice !!!!
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Mrslouwho said...

Dance and food and veggie recipies! I'm so glad you were a blogger of note and I look forward to watching what more you do.

Blogging To A Better Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your "Blog of Note" Award Banu. I am an instant fan and follower as of right now.
Dancing all over the world and cooking your way through it - wonderful! Brava!
Looking forward to hearing more about both.
Bonnie

Banu said...

Thanks, Jonell, Pink Velvet Bird, Freckle and Hyde, Chrissy, Girl of 1000 lists, Mrslouhou, Denys, SM, and David!

adrienne: yes, these crackers are adaptable to any type of seed or herb, so they would be lovely with regular sesame seeds. Pls let me know how they turn out!

tom: thanks! I searched long and hard for a name that combined my interests in a playful way.

Anita: I understand how difficult it is to create interesting and healthy food on a budget. I am a member of a food coop where I work for 2 hours and 45 minutes every four weeks in exchange for affordable, organic and local produce, sustainably produced meats, and environmentally friendly products. Is there something like this near you? Even without a food coop option, my recipes use inexpensive ingredients, and lean toward vegetarian choices which cut costs and are also better for the environment. I hope my blog will help you to create delicious and affordable meals that you and your husband will enjoy!

Lavina: well, when I travel the plane is generally paid for by the people inviting me to teach a dance workshop or to perform, but it's true that as an artist with no investments, I have developed good budgeting skills. I cook most of the meals that I eat, and when I am in NYC, I spend between $70 and $100 for the week's three meals a day. Getting in the habit of cooking a few reheatable meals a week will make you feel healthier, and save money for fun travels!

Sally: aw, this is great! Yes, one thing I love about blogging is meeting new people from all over the world. My back is a bit better, thank you, but what I'd like to know is what you made with those peppers!

Jenea said...

It's looks so intersting! :)

Dawn Wolf said...

This is a gold mine for someone like me whose wife loves to cook, and a body like me who loves to eat. I am fascinated by people passionate about food. Living your passion in itself is inspiring.

iNdi@ said...

brilliant pages, glad to have found you...

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Just found you from blogs of note! Love your ideas & recipes!

E.J. Stevens said...

These look absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to bake some for my friends!

Anonymous said...

These look mouth-watering! I'll have to try them out.

Sally said...

Just a simple stirfry w chicken...
glad your back is better and
Dying to hear more about PARIS :)

Erin said...

These sound absolutely fantastic (as does everything else you've written about)! I can't wait until I am able to try out the recipe :)

Lavina said...

I was referring more to your plane tickets, but that makes sense. Are you dancing with a company, or did you do something else that's made you this desirable to hosts? :)

--
Lavina
Quality Research

nyam-nyam said...

I am hungry. Nice recept.

Banu said...

Thanks, everyone! Please let me know how they turn out if you make them.

Lavina: I used to be with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and now I stage his works on other companies, frequently in lovely places like Lyon, France, or Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and I also teach dance workshops and perform, too, and that's what I am doing in Paris at the moment! I am a lucky girl...

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Shawn said...

this blog makes me thinking about Julie & Julia

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I really like this blog!! U have such amazing recipes and it shows all the effort u put on it. Today I tried the PiƧ Manti and it went awesome. Good job!!

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Trish said...

Hi A Hungry Bear Won't Dance: I love your blogs, your recipes and your beautiful pictures of these dishes. I am very excited that I have found out at least one person so far that loves to cook despite you working and being busy in your life. I believe to reach people is to feed them through your cooking to reach their hearts. I am a very passionate person and I just started this whole blog thing yesterday and I am loving it. I am also trying to get ideas out there and see how others website look like. Bear with me..hahah well you know what I mean...my site is still underconstruction...everyday I am planning to fix my site. Your is so beautiful....thanks for sharing all your ideas and I have to try out your recipes for fun. take care Trish

Hathor's Bath said...

One of the new followers; me! As a single mum running a business and a special needs child, I rarely get a chance to do "slow food" for myself, let alone anything gourmand, but your recipes have certainly inspired me to have a go again - even if it's just when he's at school! I really like the Turkish accents on your recipes - I've had many turkish friends and (ironically) most of them would rather eat fast food, but I'd be a firm devotee to their mothers' cooking! It looks like I've got some recipes to add to my recipe cardlist.

Cheers!

Kenna Christensen said...

your blog makes me so HUNGRY!!!! ahh i just love it!!!!

Sallie Ann said...

Really excited to have found your blog! These cracker look amazing. Would love to munch on a few right now!

Banu said...

Trish: your blog is great; I hope you have fun continuing! I'm glad to have you as a follower and hope you find some time to make some of my quick and simple recipes!

Hathor's Bath: yes, these recipes are simple enough to make quickly, and it sure seems like you need all the time you can spare. Please let me know how you like what you make! I'm happy to have you here.

Crazy People I've Worked With said...

Sounds yummy!!

Alessandra said...

Congrat for being a blog of note this week. (And lovely blog too). I am a vegetarian so I do appreciate blogs with interesting recipes and vegetarian/vegan sections.

ciao
Alessandra

Pink Velvet Bird said...

Hi! Does the flour have to be pastry flour? I can't seem to find wholewheat pastry flour around here.
Thanks!
PinkVelvetBird

Banu said...

Thanks, Alessandra. Yes, I make lots of vegan and vegetarian friendly food. I'm glad you're here!

PinkVelvetBird: you should be able to make this with regular whole wheat flour, but the crackers won't be quite as light. If you like, you could substitute half unbleached white flour (I use the kind with the germ intact, but if you can't find that, regular unbleached is ok), and half regular whole wheat for the whole wheat pastry flour. That should work out nicely. Please let me know how they turn out!

A Facade Of Niceness said...

fantastic blog! i love Paris markets and sitting outside Le Comptoir de Relais with a red wine and blanket covering my knees in the autumn... can recommend a lovely little apartment in Paris next time you go with a good little kitchen! http://www.i-escape.com/hotel.php?hotel_key=PA010

Jana said...

congrats on blog of note! I love all your fun recipes! and I am sooo very envious of your career...thanks for sharing!

Thom Harrop said...

Does this require water -- or more oil? My mixture is powdery -- not able to be formed into balls.

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