Young broccoli sprouts upBroccoli sprouts are now...


Young broccoli sprouts up

Broccoli sprouts are now available at local stores like Eddie's and Graul's. These are the embryonic form of broccoli that has 20 to 50 times more sulforaphane, a possible anti-cancer agent, than the mature plant. Use them in sandwiches, salads, stir-fries -- anywhere you'd use other sorts of sprouts. It isn't quite clear what constitutes a serving (presumably, the more the better), but price may be a factor. A small plastic container costs $3.59 at Eddie's.

The zing of zahtar

The newest trendy ingredient on the food scene is zahtar, a Middle Eastern spice blend. Mix it with olive oil as a dip for crusty bread. Sprinkle it on meat, fish or vegetables to add zing.

If you have trouble finding zahtar, you can make your own by toasting 2 ounces of sesame seeds and then mixing with 1 ounce each of ground sumac and dried thyme.

Spring orange sauce

Here's a quick sauce that's excellent over lamb.

rind of 1/2 orange

1 cup dry sherry

1/3 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup red currant jelly

dash of hot pepper sauce

Cut rind into thin strips. Simmer uncovered in sherry until liquid is reduced by half. Discard rind, add juices, jelly and hot pepper sauce. Simmer until jelly melts.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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