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Creamy Dill Dip

A versatile and tasty dip that offers a tantalizing mixture of flavours.

Makes about 250ml

Ingredients

Method

  1. Crumble the tofu into a blender with all the other ingredients, and whizz until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water or plain soya milk.
  2. Refrigerate the dip for 2 hours or more to allow the flavours to mingle. It’s best to adjust the seasonings after the dip has rested.
  3. Serve with raw vegetables, tortilla chips, breadsticks or as a spread.

Variation: Try using 2 tablespoons of dried onion or 3 tablespoons fresh chopped onion instead of the dill. Stir in the onion after blending all the other ingredients for a crunchier texture.

Chef

John & Jan BellemeJohn & Jan Belleme

John & Jan Belleme are leading autorities on the healing powers of traditional Japanese foods. Before turning his focus to food and health, John was a research biologist for the Veteran's association in Miami, Florida, and he worked in laboratories at the Universities of Miami Medical School and Harvard University Medical School.

For more than twenty-five years John has applied his background in medical research to interpreting the literature on traditional Japanese medicinal foods.

In 1979, after living and studying in Japan for over a year - where the Bellemes learned the craft of miso making firsthand - they co-founded the American Miso Company, one of the world's largest producers of traditional miso.

Since the 1980s the Bellemes have researched and written, and in many cases illustrated, over 130 published articles on the subject of Japanese foods, including four books: Culinary Treasures of Japan; Cooking with Japanese Foods: A Guide to the Traditional Natural Foods of Japan; Clearspring - The Real Taste of Japan and The Miso Book.

John and Jan travel throughout the eastern United States giving lectures about authentic Japanese foods, and every winter, with partner Sandy Pukel, organise a week-long health cruise that features prominent experts in macrobiotic cooking, healthy living, holistic medicine, yoga, meditation, shiatsu, Pilates, and natural beauty aids. They live in Saluda, North Carolina.