i have said it before.
but i ll say it again.
there is something very comforting in taking your time to cook. nothing too fancy, but nothing too frenzied either. and definitely something that evokes taste memories of your childhood.
so, take out your mother s mortar. you know, the Japanese one with the special grooves.
toast your sesame seeds (careful, don t let them burn), pour them into the mortar and start grinding.
let your hands do the work, while you savor the scent and think of nothing else.
then add the other essentials, soy sauce, sugar and a tiny dash of mirin.
there you go. perfect. you don t need anything else now.
except for your vegetables. here are some French green beans.
oh, i could add this as a dressing for some carrots too, yes? or some lightly cooked spinach? gently grilled aubergine perhaps?
SESAME SOY DRESSING:
from 'Everyday Harumi' by Harumi Kurihara
50 gr white sesame seeds
1 or 2 tablespoons of fine white caster sugar
1/2 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon soy sauce
salt - to season
a little bit of water to let the sauce down, if too thick