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Greater than the sum of its parts

February 12, 2012

Some things are definitely greater than the sum of their parts – and not just in the world of team sports.  Soup, for example, often starts with an unpromising collection of past-their-best vegetables (well, the soup I tend to make does) and usually becomes something very edible – occasionally downright delicious.  I know there are those who say that you should always use the best ingredients for soup, but I think they’re missing the point, which is, of course, the challenge of creating something greater than the sum of its parts.

Raw sunflower seeds and soy sauce individually have useful qualities which cannot be denied, but when thrown together in the right way they are magic – few things are so simple and so effective.

Shoyu seeds: Lightly toast some sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan, shaking them occasionally to brown them evenly.  Remove from the heat and immediately add a splash (probably a tablespoon) of shoyu/soy sauce and quickly stir thoroughly.  They will sizzle satisfyingly. If you can, leave them to cool before you eat them – but if anyone else is in the kitchen while you make these, it’ll be difficult.

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