Entering the Kitchen
Excerpt from: Cooking for the Love of the World
Awakening Our Spirituality through Cooking
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
I enter my kitchen with deep silence. It is not a silence that is absent of outer noise, but an inner silence and calmness centered in the heart. This silence makes everything a whole and holy oneness pregnant with potentials.
As I begin to cook I am warmed by quiet enthusiasm. Reverence and wonder fill my heart as I look at each of the ingredients I choose to work with. I see the creations of nature; her beauty, colors and expressions. Gratitude wells up as I think of the bounty she provides humanity with. Endlessly producing, endlessly giving, selflessly.
This inner silence prepares me for being fully attentive and present to creative inspiration. Cooking is a process of listening and co-creating.
If I feel tired, irritated or in a rush, I either take some time for myself to reconnect, pull something out of the freezer or make quick sandwiches. I know too well that cooking with these emotions is not wise. If I cook when I feel distracted or exhausted I add those feelings to the dish. When I feel this lack of focus or negativity, I also close off any creative imagination, inspiration or intuition as I work. Those are the days where I use too much fire, burn food to the pot and overcook the soup. Cooking then feels more like a chore that I need to hurry and get over with.
A friend of mine told me that when she was young living in India with her family and grandparents, her grandmother would sit down to cook. She had a clearly marked small area as her kitchen and a stove made of clay to work on. It was a sacred place where no one was to enter except her. She kept it clean and painted the stovetop every other day. Before she began to cook she took a bath and cleared her thoughts and emotions. In many cultures the activity of cooking used to take place in a special revered space and cooking itself was regarded as a sacred act.
Rosemary Stuffed Mushrooms
The stuffed mushrooms can be made in advance, but need to be baked right before serving. They make tasty and attractive appetizers.
12 large mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon finely cut fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or butter
1/6 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil a cookie sheet.
Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a clean towel. Gently separate stems from caps.
Mince stems, garlic and rosemary.
Heat a small frying pan. Add oil, and sauté garlic and stems for 2 minutes. Add rosemary, salt and breadcrumbs. Simmer while stirring lightly for 3 minutes.
Fill each mushroom cap with 1-2 teaspoons of the mixture. Tap it down firmly. Place as much filling as will comfortably sit on the mushroom cap.
Bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden and serve immediately.
Cooking for the Love of the World:
Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking.
"Cooking delicious nourishing meals - with heart and soul - is easy, fast, and fun with this great guide. Everything you need to know is right here - along with exercises and experiences that will help you love cooking, love yourself,
and love the earth."
-Susun S. Weed, Author, Healing Wise
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About the Mentor: My name is Anne-Marie. I am a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author, and nutritional counselor. I have taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in my homeland Denmark, Europe, and the United States. I am the author of “Cooking for the Love of the World, Awakening Our Relationship to Spirituality Through Cooking.”