Trice tested, the recipe works! Besides plums, I baked it once with sour cherries and another time with blueberries. It is a good, solid dessert. But I got nothing to say about it! It doesn’t rock my language faculty at all. It is one of the lukewarm, ordinary things that doesn’t command notice. It makes me wonder what we really value in cooking and eating?
"We are what we eat" is a well known idiom. It usually covers our reaction to certain ingredients or dietary habits. A little is spoken about the state of mind or consciousness while cooking and eating. Does it play a role?
It is a less appreciated detail, globally. Let’s be frank, we have trivialized eating. Food industry and production are dragged by financial motives. We are ready to pay more for quality groceries and restaurant services, because spending is a lesser sacrifice than a renovation of values. It compensates our lack of time or interest in holistic and balanced life. By preferring consumer choices like locally grown, clean, GMO-free and organic food with a fewer additives, we pacify the guilt of loosing contact with the deeper self and nature. That’s as far as we usually go with an introspection about the relation of food and well being.
What we value in cooking and eating echoes our general outlook of life. Food is more than nutrition, aesthetics, or an extension of our ego, control and status. It is an indispensable part of interaction and a countenance of love.
None of us admits we eat only to fill the belly. It would be uncultured! Depending on the awareness of our position as an individual, family-member, part of society, spiritual being and blissful soul, a parallel energy is transmitted via cooking. Food is a seat of loving exchange between us and the object of our love. It is communication. The sensual experience of tasting, smelling, seeing, touching and hearing food is just the beginning of culinary appreciation. A meal has a potential to uplift and illuminate beyond worldly boundaries.
Even a humble pie can do it if it is baked in pure consciousness! Especially when served with freshly whipped cream, ice-cream or vanilla custard :-)