cooking energy

26 Jun

6835168360_2805c66ff0“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” -Harriet van Horne

Try this experiment:

1. Cook a meal after an argument you had, a broken tire, commuting delays, or after a general bad day.

2. Cook a meal after you just finished a project you are proud of, just came back from an inspiring exercise session, snuggled with your kids, husband/wife, pets, took a leisurely stroll, or after a general good day.

In each case, what do you think your food will taste like?

The energy that we put into making our meals is incredibly important. When we are in a negative state of mind, the end result of our meal won’t taste very vibrant. When we are in a positive state of mind, our food will sing with good energy, taste, texture and overall appeal.

We teach this fundamental concept to our cooking class students and summer campers. Learning how our energy affects our food (and countless other aspects of our lives) at a young age will help solidify good cooking habits for the future.

The next time you cook, think about what mood you are in. If you are in a bad mood, try simply smiling while sautéing, prepping, assembling – maybe put on some music. Even these little steps can cause a major shift in your energy.

Your taste buds will thank you!

Photo courtesy of Summer Skyes 11

4 Responses to “cooking energy”

  1. Peri's Spice Ladle June 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Love the sound of ‘cooking energy’! what a wonderful term and a reminder of how often we just cook for the pleasure of making something for ourselves:) It’s art and self-expression in its most basic form!

  2. Tammy June 29, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Did you ever see the movie called Like water for Chocolate? If not, I highly recommend it. It’s about this very topic and it’s a beautiful film.

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