Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
2 black teabags
bunch of mint, washed
sugar to taste
Boil 2 quarts of water. Pour water into heat-proof pitcher. Add teabags and mint, stems and leaves. Remove teabags within 1-2 minutes; tea is almost entirely for color and under flavor. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of sugar. Serve hot or cold.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Making bread, one cultivates generosity.Making bread, one cultivates patience.Making bread, one cultivates mindfulness.Making bread, one cultivates concentration.Making bread, one cultivates effort.Making bread, one cultivates wisdom.
Familiar and strange,the kitchen is a holy place--alive with possibility.A place for the elements.Water in the tap,fire in the stove,earth in the food,air--between, around, above, and below.Behind the cupboard doorsare the pots and the pans,the bowls and the dishes,the measuring cupsand the measuring spoons--holy thingsthat lie ready for use,much like our dreamsthat lie waitingbehind our eyelids.The kitchen is alchemical,a place where we cook--actuallyand spiritually. We come to itfor nourishment and ease.We come to it as to a center--the heart of the house,the heart of the dwelling.In the kitchen we are one,linked by hunger--actual hunger and spiritual hunger.We go to the kitchen to benourished and revealed.It is a holy place.
"Every day, I found my daughter's scorched breakfast left on the table, and my husband's crusty oatmeal bowl on the counter. I found shelves of food that no one but me would cook, cabinets of dishes no one but me would wash and put away. I found a near-empty milk jug, overripe bananas, and moldy bread. I found out the same way you did that a self-cleaning oven absolutely never cleans itself. In all this mess, I found the ingredients for the next stage in the spiritual journey: the opportunity to move beyond myself and into compassionate care of everything and everyone that appeared before me morning, noon, and night. I found myself in the very heart of life, an ordinary life, the best spot to give and receive pure love."
What is it, closer than close?Not impervious or distant, notstiff or unresponsive. A get-down-in-the-mud mind, a root-around-in-the-weeds mind: Food comesalive with your presence, reachingout, laboring, taking the timefor flour, salt, water, yeastto come together, for a bowlthat breaks, the dirty dishes,a leaky faucet, always moreto cooking than meets the eye!Each thing asking to be seen, heard,known, loved, a companion in the dark."Take care of the food," it is said,"as thought it was your own eyesight,"not saying, oh that's all right, wehave plenty, we can throw that away.Table, teapot, measuring cups, spoons:the body within the body, the placewhere everything connects.Ripe, succulent fruit, leaves, stems,roots, seeds: the innermost mindawakening, fully manifesting. Whatare you up to, after all? What isa way of life that is satisfying,fulfilling, sustaining and sustainable?Cups, glasses, sponges, onebody with a hundred faces,a sticky honey jar, the half-empty cup of coffee, each askingto fulfill, each offering the touchof the beloved.Enter, plunge into the heartof the matter: an unknown destination,an unknown adventure unfoldingwith you wits about you and yournot-so-wits. Things emerging in life,Life emerging in things, no separation.Concentrating on food, concentrating onmyself, with heart opening, hands offeringmay everything be deliciously fullof warmth and kindness.Coming form the earth, coming from the air,a cool breeze, a spark, a flame, go ahead:Cook, offer yourself, hold nothing back.Cooking is not like you expected, not likeyou anticipated. What is happening is unheardof, never before experienced. You cook. No mistakes.You might do it differently next time, butyou did it this way this time. Thingsare as they are, even if you say too much thistoo little that. And if you want things to staythe same, remind yourself they have no unchanging nature."Wherever you go, remember, there you are." O.K.?Go ahead. Keep moving. Watch your step.
- This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard work.
- May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.
- May we transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.
- May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.
- We accept this food so that we may nurture our sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our sangha [community] and nourish our ideal of serving all beings.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
1 bushel zucchini
1 pair of sunglasses
A moderately fast car
Go to a busy parking lot. Drive around until you find an unlocked car. Put the zucchini in the back seat and drive away FAST before you are discovered!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hershey Special Dark Picnic Cake