A story of Mortar and Pestle

Relationship: Im/migrant

  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!                                                                                                                                                                                

Year: 2015

– Ina Holik

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant