Real World Gardener Spices it Up with Sumac

May 7th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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The new theme is sung by Harry
Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album
from the website

Spice it Up

with herb expert and author, Ian Hemphill for Herbies Spices.

sumac fruit close up, natural color

You may not have heard of this spice
before, but prepare to be surprised at what this spice can do. Let’s find out….

The spice is tasty on grilled meats
and fish or as a seasoning for rice. It complements lentils and other beans as
well as vegetables.
Substitute it into any dish that you
need to use lemon juice.
Sumac is used a lot in a tang tomato
appetiser called Za’Atar. I’ll post that recipe up on the web. If you don’t
have a computer, write to me and I’ll send you a fact sheet.
Let me know if you’ve used Sumac
before or send in your recipe to or by post to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville
NSW 1675, or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD in return.
Za'atar-Tomato Appetizer
2 Tablespoons dried
1 Tablespoon sumac
2 teaspoons sesame
seeds, toasted
1/2 teaspoon table
1 pint cherry
1 recipe fresh Flatbread
In a small container with a lid,
shake together the thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and salt. This is a Middle
Eastern spice blend called "zaatar."
Cut each of the cherry tomatoes in half
placing them into a medium bowl as you go. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of the
zaatar; toss well. Taste and add more of the seasoning, in small increments,
until you have what you consider a tasty concoction. Serve right away along
with the flatbread allowing diners to pile the tomatoes onto the bread for
Makes enough for 4 to 6, depending on
serving size
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