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Cooking As Meditation
Most people don’t associate food with meditation. They find the cooking process to be overwhelming. The chopping is unfamiliar, the sizzling is scary, and the timing just has you pacing back and forth. Our human need to perfect is exhausting and sometimes you just have to let loose, start small, and allow yourself to grow.
Start with a kale salad. Gather the necessary ingredients, take a deep breath, and begin.
Clean your greens. Allow the water to travel between every crevice so there is no grit interrupting your first bite.
The kale’s baby curls will tickle the indents of your fingerprints as you thoroughly rub her down. Shake dry, ridding of any moisture that may be holding on. With the very tip of your knife, pierce the outside of the kales spine, glide through the skin, and detach the flesh. Continue one by one, stacking the sheets high and feeling exhilaration as the knife finally crunches through them all at once.
In a large bowl exfoliate the chopped kale with salt. Use your fingers and the bottoms of your palms to massage the kale and break down the fibers.
You want the salad to loosen, for she should be palatable as she rolls around in your mouth. Incorporate the garlic, ginger, oil, and avocado with your hands. As the avocado hugs your fingers, pinch a taste to test.
Plate your salad and applaud yourself. You made something simple, rewarding, and peaceful.
Through practice you will find the prep work becoming almost mindless, allowing you to feel high. Allowing yourself to feel elated.
Spicy Ginger Kale Salad
1 bunch kale
2 grated carrots
2 cloves of garlic
1.5 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 inch of grated fresh ginger
Wash kale, remove the spines with a knife, and chop into desired size
Add to a large bowl and massage salt and lemon juice into the chopped kale
Grate both carrots, fresh ginger, and garlic into the bowl
Add the whole avocado, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, and pepper
Mix all together with your hands
Give it a taste. If you feel it needs more of something, add it. Make it your own!