“. . . .how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world–and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life afford quite as much satisfaction.”
― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
A few weeks ago, I checked out a vegan cookbook from the library called The Oh She Glows Cookbook. I have never been a huge fan of cookbooks, until now. My family has followed several of the recipes in Angela Liddon’s book, and have been delighted with the results. Our first was the Taco Fiesta Potato Crisps. Yum, yum, yum. The Cashew Sour Cream that topped the potatoes and the walnut taco meat was amazing.
Last night, I made a vegan double-layer chocolate coconut cake. Being that it was first cake I had ever made from scratch, it was surprising to hear my daughter and husband proclaim it was one of the best cakes they have ever had…ranked a 9 out of 10! My husband would have chosen to skip the avocado chocolate frosting, but it was worth the feeling of culinary adventurism. It was so satisfying to see it all come together, sit down with my family, a good British saga and enjoy a slice of conscious cake.
Cooking has become mindfulness, politics, art, love, redemption, spirituality, acceptance, knowledge, and compassion. Each time we sit down to a meal, we are given the opportunity to affirm our deep connection to all living beings and the Earth. It is the place where all of us can become one, if we choose to be awake. It doesn’t matter if we are sitting down to a meal as a vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore; what matters are the stirrings of compassion and love being recognized and embraced for the millions of lives that are touched from farm to plate.
We are metaphorically and sometimes literally taking the body and blood of the souls who live on this planet each time we bring food to our mouth. Are we eating pain, suffering and greed or equality, love, fairness and compassion?
Let us take us stand for being awake, sometimes inconvenienced, and always connected to the power of the pain and the love that surrounds us. We can make this a better place for everyone.
GMO Labeling Plug: No matter how you feel about genetically modified organisms, we all have the right to know what is in our food. Way to go Oregon for battling the corporate giants for your right to know. “There are currently 64 countries around the world that require the labeling of genetically modified foods. This includes 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and even China”.