Happy Monday everyone!
How was your weekend?? It was freezing here all weekend, it was hard to want to make myself do much of anything. Which of course, was not good timing since I actually only had a 2-day weekend for once! Since I wasn’t in the mood to get off of the couch, I somehow got suckered into starting Downton Abbey and essentially finished the entire season first season in 1 day. I do love period dramas and this has just enough intrigue and intelligence to keep me hooked–better late to the party than never, I suppose! At least now I’ll finally know what all those Downton Abbey specialized sales on Joss and Main and RueLaLa are all about.
I did manage to do a teeny bit of cooking over the weekend (think paninis and soup to warm me up)! I’ve also been on a spicy Asian foods kick for the past few weeks and if I ate nothing but miso soup and stir fry and peanut noodles, I’d be pretty darn happy. The husband complicates things however, so I suppose I’ll have to settle for once a week instead of once a day. Shouldn’t our taste buds somehow have combined too when we got married? Um, never mind, that just sounds disgusting…but you know what I meant (I hope)!
This Sesame Ginger Dressing is how I’m incorporating a little Asian flavoring into my everyday without annoying Jeff. It’s a simple dressing of soy sauce, olive oil, rice vinegar, sugar, ginger, and freshly roasted sesame seeds for a punch of flavor.
I’ve been using it as a fun salad dressing, but I think it would also make a killer marinade for barbecued salmon. But since it feels like 4 degrees outside, I’ll stick to the salad and just keep dreaming of summer and flip flops…is it spring yet?
Sesame Ginger Dressing
Makes about 1/4 cup
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Toast sesame seeds on a small cast iron pan until aromatic.
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Serve with salad or as a marinade and enjoy!
Time: 7 minutes