This recipe is so easy because it’s a no-cook sauce (just mixing a few things together in a bowl). It’s a family favorite! I have 2 children (young adults) living at home and 2 adult children living on their own now. I long for the days where we used to eat together every night for dinner like clockwork. It was always very important to me.
But now…I’m finding it difficult to wrangle everyone
together for a meal because they are so busy with their own lives. So, one day I decided to follow in my
grandmother’s footsteps and make her tradition ours! My dear sweet grandmother, Florence, who always had her house open to all. Seems as though she was always
cooking or baking something in her kitchen. The smells were amazing! Our family’s favorite was her spaghetti. I know…I know…your grandmother’s spaghetti is the
best too! teehee
Every Sunday my mom and dad would take us over to grandma’s house. During the summer my 5 siblings and I would bike to her house and meet my parents there. I can’t believe we actually biked 20 miles up and back to her house like it was nothing! Those were the days! We would pass by this old man’s house…if he was sitting on the porch…he would stand up when he saw us and go fetch some candy for us. I wish I had gotten to know his name.
Once we arrived, grandma would greet us with open arms and then, without fail, next thing she did was ask would be, “Are you hungry?” And she would not take NO for an answer either. So, why did she ask?
The town kids considered her their grandma too! Hope she knows how loved she was? Suffice it to say..I have taken over her tradition and have dinner at my house for my
children, their significant others and my beautiful grandchildren. Sunday is a blessed day for me. OH… family members ( mom and dad, sister and brothers) have an open
invitation also! What the heck…the more…the merrier…right?
~ To toast sesame seeds, put them in a dry skillet over low heat & cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Sometimes you can purchase sesame seeds pre-toasted.
~ If you happen to have some on hand, you can use veggie broth instead of water.
~ Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine (will be in a bottle similar to soy sauce, and near the soy sauce for that matter). Check your local health food store if your regular supermarket doesn’t have it – as the dish is not the same without it. If you can find it, I recommend Eden brand, as some of the others contain undesirable additives. And in fact, years ago, when I first started making this recipe, unknowingly, I was using a brand that contained a low-fi sweetener. When I switched to Eden’s mirin, we missed the slight sweetness to this recipe so that’s why I started using a little bit of stevia. I like “SweetLeaf’s Stevia Clear”. If you prefer to use sugar, you can try using about one TBSP.
~ It’s spicy with the cayenne, so best to serve kids before mixing it in. Just to give you an idea – an eighth of a tsp makes this dish very spicy – ok for adults who like a lot of heat, but not so much for the kids.