French Beans with Sesame Seeds and Garlic

400 g French beans (cooked but crisp)
1/4 cup white and black sesame seeds
3 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. olive oil
sea salt
freshly grated black pepper

In a pan over medium heat heat the sesame oil and olive oil. Add sesame seeds and roast them for minute or two, stir in the garlic. Remove from the heat. Gently add precooked french beans, season with salt and paper.
The inspiration for this side dish came from Tova Harel’s cookbook Taste of Rainbow End. Great cookbook, great lady, great dive center she and her husband have.

And out of this world diving in Palau’s paradise.

Libido booster parsley salad

2 handful parsley leaves (flat parsley)
2 tbsp. white sesame seeds
2 tbsp. black sesame seeds
2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
a splash olive oil
a splash aceto balsamico
salt

Toast the seeds. Sprinkle them over the leafs. Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar according to taste and season with salt. Mix.

Parsley is supposedly a libido booster for ladies. Also it raises estrogen levels so herbalist recommend parsley for the treatment of osteoporosis. And it is an excellent source of provitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, vitamin K, beta-carotene,magnesium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur and calcium. It contains more vitamin C per volume than an orange or lemon. It should be taken with care if a person experience kidney problems.
Google search says: Parsley acts like an antioxidant (eliminates toxins and maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels), it is a general stimulant, diuretic, antiseptic, antiinfectious, antirachitic and more. Apart from these, parsley is a great neutralizer of the negative effects brought about by smoking and dependence upon alcohol. Among other effects that it has: it straightens the body and immune system, has a beneficial effect over the liver, spleen, digestive and endocrine organs.

And for the guys, the most significant vitamin for sexual health and optimal sexual function is vitamin E. Vitamin E promotes sexual health and keeps the genitals and reproductive organs working normally. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and safflower seeds supply generous doses of vitamin E.

One more reason to include pumpkin seeds in your diet is zinc. In addition to helping out with immunity, growth, and development, zinc is a great mineral for men because it appears to play an important role in maintaining prostate health.

Sticky Rice Balls with Black Sesame Filling

Hip hip hooray! My first sticky rice balls and they are edible! Not so tasty like the ones we tried in Hong Kong few months back, but hey, this is completely unknown territory.

for 8 balls
4 tbsp. black sesame seeds
1/2 cup muscovado sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup of glutinous rice flour
1/2 can coconut milk
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts (ground)
1/4 cup white sesame seeds and some black sesame seeds

1L boiling water

Grind black sesame seeds in a nut grinder until they break down into a thick and glossy powder. Place ground seeds in a sauce pan over medium-low heat, add 2 tbsp. water and sugar and stir constantly until the sugar melts and a black sauce forms (5 min.). Cool it in a refrigerator. Mix rice flour and salt into a mixing bowl, add coconut milk and form a stiff dough. Take a little of the dough and make a small ball. Using finger, indent each of the balls and fill it with black sesame paste. Roll a ball once more using hands. Drop the rice balls into a pot of boiling water. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until they begin to float in the water. Drain and set them on a clean surface. Roll the balls in roasted peanuts or in sesame seeds.