Πέμπτη, 4 Αυγούστου 2011

Cooking: chore or blessing?

Recipes, cooking television shows, gourmet magazines, cooks' contests, international chef, Michelin stars in restaurants...
Cooking looks like a scented dust which, no matter how hard you clean it, rushes into your house from different ways: television, newspapers, magazines, sites, blogs...
There are people who try to unfold their talents in an attempt to look like a well known chef. They sharpen their knives, chop like jugglers, toss the pan like a coin and boil their skills.
There are others who act like robot-cooks, satisfy their need for food, clean the mess, wash the dishes and take a nap. If you ask them one day afterwards what they had for lunch the previous day, they usually don't remember or they want plenty of time to recall that moment.
Cooking apart from art or creativity or synthesis is an opportunity.
An opportunity for:
  • a "sensory contact" with the ingredients (touch, taste, smell, vision)
  • an active participation in the process
  • a beneficial "self-exclusion" in the kitchen
  • focusing wholly in accomplishing the recipe
  • distracting from negative thoughts
  • showing gratitude for the adequacy of nutriment in your house
  • expressing your love to your loved ones through cooking care
  • saying "thank you" to the people who contribute to the existence of food in your fridge
  • practicing all the above and experience this "blessed" chance!

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