The last opportunity you’ll ever have to see the Transit of Venus is coming soon. On 6 June 2012, Venus will be seen moving across the face of the Sun. Make time to take a peek, just don’t look directly! You’ll need to project an image using a telescope or use appropriate viewing glasses.
Here on the east coast of Australia, we’re perfectly placed to observe the entire event. Find out the viewing times in your area.
I recommend you take the opportunity to celebrate with this dumpling. The strawberry ginger coulis represents the Sun, while the black sesame dumpling is Venus.
Black sesame dumpling with strawberry ginger coulis
- 500 g strawberries, tops removed
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 225 mL sticky (glutinous) rice flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- Blend all coulis ingredients until the consistency is even.
- Refrigerate until needed. It will last 2-3 days.
- Toast the black sesame seeds over medium heat until they smell aromatic.
- Use a food processor to grind the black sesame seeds until fine.
- Add ground sesame seeds, sugar and butter to a pot over medium heat. Stir well to make a thick paste. Place the mix in the fridge to cool.
- Mix sticky rice flour with water so it forms a smooth paste that does not stick to your hands.
- Divide the paste into 16 balls.
- Flatten each ball and spoon a small amount of the black sesame paste into the middle. Fold the edge to seal the dumpling, then carefully roll it into a ball shape.
- Create a large circle of coulis on each plate.
- Drop the dumplings into a pot of boiling water. As soon as they float to the top, they are ready.
- Cut dumplings in two and stack halves with sesame centres facing up. Serve on the plate of coulis.
Impress your guests with info on the Transit of Venus