I can’t stop thinking about The Roosevelts. Have you been watching the Ken Burns’ documentary on PBS? It is completely fascinating and I’m realizing how little I knew about Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor. It’s a long, 7 part series, but wow. Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child and not expected to live into adulthood? Did you know that Franklin was awkward and unpopular in school? Did you know that Eleanor was Theodore’s niece and Franklin’s 5th cousin? Did you know that Eleanor suffered from debilitating fear and self-doubt, but blossomed at an all-girl’s school, only to be forced back to debut in her hometown? We still have the last episode to watch, but it’s been a fun thing to look forward to after the dinner dishes are put away.
Maybe one of the most interesting things about the documentary is that Teddy and Franklin agreed politically on a number of issues despite being from different political parties. It was refreshing to see the respect they had for one another. Sometimes two things that don’t seem to go together can be combined in a beautiful way. Like pumpkin and tahini.
I’m really fond of finding new ways to sneak tahini into sweet things and this is the best recipe yet. I sprinkled black and white sesame seeds on top which turned into something gorgeous as the bread swelled and cracked during baking. Marc loved it and I sent the second loaf to work with him. He said it was gone by lunch. If you’re looking to try something new this fall, this pumpkin tahini bread is a great thing to do with a can of pumpkin and some leftover tahini.