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Sesame Grilled Asparagus

    Wooden toothpicks or bamboo skewers
    1 pound asparagus
    2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    Salt and black pepper

  In a shallow pan, soak skewers in cold water for 1 hour, then drain
 and set aside.

  Preheat grill to high. Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and
 discard. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together, using the toothpicks
 or 2 bamboo skewers, forming a raft shape.

  In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and
 stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on
 both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of
 pepper.

  When ready to cook, place the asparagus rafts on the hot grate and
 grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle
 with the sesame seeds as they grill. You can serve the asparagus as
 rafts or unskewered.