What seasoning do you like? Everyone knows the scent of spices, sweet pepper and dill. What is it about the ground seeds of fennel and coriander? These smells indicate a tasty meal and remind us of home, tradition, warmth of family holidays. Such associations I had at the time when I saw a mortar and pestle in the Tenement museum.
In Russian tales, Baba Yaga is portrayed as a mythical creature who files through the air in a mortar, using the pestle as a rudder. In psychology means the symbol of the feminine and masculine.
Even today, some people say that a mortar and pestle is useful for cooking or to decorate the kitchen. I believe that through such objects we pass on the traditions of the family and the food is more delicious. Sometimes during the summer holidays, l helped my aunt who lived in the village. We chopped coriander seeds, parsley and dill. The kitchen smelled of coriander seeds, parsley and dill. My aunt was working in a school library. She always had many stories, legends and jokes. After we laid out the seasonings ready for our 4 families. While working we sang folk songs or listened to the radio together. Sometimes my sister and I repeat this tradition and it's great!
– Ina Holik