I was clearing out a cupboard in my kitchen the other day, and I came across the gem of a book, “The Peaceful Cook,” by Harriet Kofalk. She was a deep ecologist who deeply believed in peace.
Here are some of her thoughts about cooking, which are particularly nice to resurrect since she was killed tragically a number of years ago:
“Cooking in peace–with peace–creates an atmosphere of peace in which we can grow more fully. As we become more peaceful cooks, so do our lives become more peaceful. Peace is the ultimate challenge to create, which in itself creates the ultimate joy. Peace is a power within, and we who spend any time in the kitchen can reconnect with peace there.”
View of the Whole: “Love your body,” many healers recommend. One way we can do this is to feed it high-fiber meals which allow its inner toothbrushes to work most effectively. Positive thoughts are the “high-fiber” meals our minds need to work most effectively, a good thought to ponder while preparing this dish.
1 1/2 cups dried lentils
1/4 cup raisins
4 cups vegetable stock or water
1 tsp. basil
1 Tbs. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin powder
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup tomato paste
Soak dried lentils if you prefer. Drain; add raisins and stock. Simmer 1o minutes. Add other ingredients and simmer 30-40 minutes, until tender, adding more stock if needed. May be served over rice, noodles, or with corn tortillas. Serves 6.
To prepare tortillas: Heat 2-3 corn tortillas per person in a hot dry skillet, 30 seconds on a side (just until softened and warm). On top of each tortilla put 1/2 cup “Lentils with Love,” then top each stack with 1/2 medium zucchini, shredded, 2 Tbs. yogurt, and 2 Tbs fresh alfalfa sprouts.
Embracing Mother Earth: The amazing list of high-fiber foods includes most of the major ingredients in this meal: Corn, lentils, zucchini, raisins, and tomato. So it tones the body while it nurtures us with the love of cooking meals that satisfy. Enjoy!