Monday, March 09, 2009
I want to thank you for the meditation, entertainment, and nourishment you provide to me. You reinforce for me the power of spirituality in the giving of your life for mine. As I prepare your fruits, and herbs for cooking, I meditate on the life experiences of your growth. I am amazed by the texture, color, and smell of you. I image were you were grown and how you were cared for and loved. I have come to know your distinctive flavors and the delicate flavors you impart to a dish. I meditate as I stir, combine, baste, and check you along the way.
Let me thank you for the entertainment you provide me. I find entertainment in the combining of the ingredients and watching the chemical transformation take place on my stove, wok, or oven. The chemistry of cooking has always fascinated and entertained me. Why to much of one or the other can spoil the meal; or what combines with what to make the flavors just a little off. The final entertainment of the meal is the actual eating and enjoying the fresh flavors and smells. To sit with family and friends and partake of food you have prepared with love is the ultimate of pleasures.
And lastly, let me thank you for the nourishment of my body. For without you I could not carry on. I thank you all that you do for me. I pledge to continue to select food mindfully and with gratitude for those who continue to grow you with love, organic farmers and ranchers.
With love and gratitude,