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Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized celery roots, peeled and washed
4 medium sized parsnips, peeled
1 yellow onion, peeled
¼ cup olive oil + 2 tablespoons
½ teaspoon ground coriander
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth at room temperature
2 teaspoons kosher salt
8 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon light brown sugar

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Cut celery roots, parsnips and onion to roughly 1½ inch cubes. Put ¼ cup of olive oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat, add vegetables and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add coriander and broth, bring to boil, lower heat, cover pot and cook for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are very soft. Transfer to a blender and blend until very smooth. Return soup to pot over low heat, add salt, cook for an extra minute and remove from heat.

2. While soup is cooking, prepare the caramelized garlic. Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat, then add garlic and brown sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is golden brown and sticky. Remove from heat and transfer garlic with cooking oil immediately to a small bowl to stop the cooking process. Keep until ready to serve the soup.

3. Ladle soup into soup bowls, top with garlic and olive oil and serve.
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Yield: 12 to 14 muffins

Muffins
1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
1/4 cup (30 grams) well-stirred tahini
1/2 cup (80 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (175 ml) buttermilk, almond milk or (nonalcoholic) apple cider
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour (see Note)
2 cup packed coarsely grated carrots (from about 9 ounces or 5 slim carrots)

Glaze (optional)
1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar
3 tablespoons (25 grams) tahini
2 tablespoons (30 ml) water
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk olive oil, tahini and brown sugar together in the bottom of a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, then buttermilk and vanilla. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda and salt, then switch to a spoon or flexible spatula and stir in flour, then carrots, mixing just until combined.

Either line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with paper liners or coat them with a nonstick spray. Fill each about 3/4 of the way with batter. You’ll probably have enough for 2 more after this, so you can hold some back if needed. Bake muffins for 14 to 16 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of each comes out batter-free. Muffins should be domed and lightly golden on top. Let them cool in pan for 5 minutes on a rack before transferring them to the cooling rack to cool completely.

If you’d like to glaze your muffins, whisk powdered sugar, tahini and water together in a medium dish. Either drizzle this over the cooled muffins or dunk them into the puddle. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

NOTE… up to a 2/3 (1 1/3 cup) flour swap with whole wheat flour (possibly more, but I only tested them that far).

ALSO, KEEP IN MIND… while the tahini provides a nutty background the muffins, the glaze is only for tahini junkies as the flavor is front and center.

Ingredients

Servings: Makes about ¾ cup

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  • Whisk together tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, turmeric, cayenne, and ¼ cup water until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Do Ahead: Dressing can be made 4 days ahead. Keep chilled.