Food for Thought
Is there Spirit in food?
In fact, food has no morality.
Everything lays in one's attitude towards food.
In observing oneself, one might discover great truths about oneself.
Here are some interesting questions:
What is my general attitude towards food?
Am I thankful for what I eat?
Am I present when I eat or totally absent and mechanical?
Do I take time to eat properly and chew each bite?
Am I a glutton?
Am I constantly snacking or drinking something?
The greatest tragedy of mankind is nutrition.
That is not too difficult to verify. Look around you, you will notice easily.
People are driven by their bellies and slaves to their taste buds.
Am I like that? Yes, start by observing myself.
The greatest burden of mankind is ignorance.
What is my knowledge of food?
All that can be learned and this is the purpose of this column.
Let's start with the beginning.
Eat first for nourishment. Am I eating for nourishment or to fulfill my cravings and desires?
Eating is symbolic. Tell me what you eat, I will tell you who you are.
We can meditate when eating. It is probably one of the best period to do so.
How? First, by doing a little thankful prayer for what you are about to eat.
Then by paying attention to what you eat and chewing each bite for as long as you can.
By not overeating. Eat what you need.
Eat simply: you will be surprised in the long run of how little you need.
Appreciate what you eat.
Make an effort to eat in silence.
Have you ever noticed that at family dinner, nobody talks until
food is served, then everybody has something to say.
When you eat, you eat. When you talk, you talk.
Don't try to do both at the same time.
Simplicity is Mother Nature's way.
Spirit and food comes from one's attitude towards food.
Spirit-21 will feature a seasonal recipe that uses foods that are
readily available at that time of year.
We begin with a winter one that Khiron used to make for the As You
Like It Muncherie. It is adaptable to both a vegetarian and meat diet.
Begin with the potatoes cooking in the water, and add the other vegetables
as you've chopped them in the order given, to accomodate cooking times.
The stew is ready when the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
Harvest Potato Stew
Peel and cut 5lb. potatoes and bring to a boil in a large pot of hot water.
Cut and add:
1 head of cauliflower
Add: 2 teasp. fennel seeds
1 lb. parsnips (1-2in. pieces)
1 lb. carrots (1-2in. pieces)
1 head of cabbage,chopped with core removed
1/4 cup vegetable or chicken base
Optional: 2 lb. cooked sausage meat
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 bunch parsley
Cook until desired tenderness of vegetables. Serve with bread of choice.
Serves 12-14, freezes well.