I couldn't resist saying it! It's just a fun thing to say that conjures up all kinds of childhood images of Aladdin and such.
I have no clue as to how I found myself reading up on sesame seeds. I just felt it was time to pick a particular food item and feature it to understand a little about it's history, uses and nutritional value.
I have to tell you advance, (one of my disclaimers), I will never tell someone how and what to eat. Your food culture is a personal matter that not only reflects the kinds of foods that you like but tells much about your cultural heritage, your emmotions, and your education.
The article that I found that presents some very intriquing information about sesame seeds is from a site that promotes the vegan food culture. Roland and I both love meat and I cannot forsee that ever changing. Regardless, I respect those that chose to be vegetarian and found the information on sesame seeds to be very informative and interesting. The article is a bit long but I thought it was interesting that before WWII, the majority of cooking oil that was used in the United States was sesame seed oil. When you read over the nutritional components you will be amazed at the variety and strengh of the nutrients packed into such a tiny seed!
I was thinking, thanks to the messages I am picking up in the media via television, magazines and advice of many, that butter is a bad guy. Well, it seems, as with all things healthy, that butter is highly controversial. What isn't? So, I'm going to give a disclaimer here that if I post an article that I think is interesting reading material, it doesn't necessarily mean that I am supporting the information in the article to be true and accurate. My purpose of giving information in this blog is simply to offer articles that get me, and I hope you, to thinking about food and our own personal food culture. If we do not keep a questioning/learning mind about how we live our life, then we are apt to live according to whomever has the strongest influence over us and believe everything we're told without question. Sometimes, that attitude can help us to fall into some habits and life styles that have negative consequences. For me, it's that path of least thought that has contributed to some of my mindless eating.
With that all said, I felt the need to spotlight butter specifically as many of the dishes that seem to be those most fondly remembered are rich with butter.
Here is the article that I thought brings out some interesting information about butter:
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.