I’m adding food blogger to my resume alongside other niceties you already know, and we may start with a consideration:
The repetitive phases of cooking leave plenty of mental space for reflection, and as I chop and mince and slice I think about the rhythms of cooking, one of which involves destroying the order of the things we bring from nature into our kitchens, only to then create from them a new order. We butcher, grind, chop, grate, mince, and liquefy raw ingredients, breaking down formerly living things so that we might recombine them in new, more cultivated forms. When you think about it, this is the same rhythm, once removed, that governs all eating in nature, which invariably entails the destruction of certain living things, by chewing and then digestion, in order to sustain other living things. In “The Hungry Soul” Leon Kass calls this the great paradox of eating: ‘that to preserve their life and form, living things necessarily destroy life and form.’ If there is any shame in that destruction, only we humans seem to feel it, and then only on occasion. But cooking doesn’t only distance us from our destructiveness, turning the pile of blood and guts into a savory salami, it also symbolically redeems it, making good our karmic debts: Look what good, what beauty, can come of this! Putting a great dish on the table is our way of celebrating the wonders of form we humans can create from this matter -this quantity of sacrificed life- just before the body takes its first destructive bite. This why, on the table, after all them end: “Good appetite”, I invariably add: “Unfortunately”.
So. Whether you’re an accomplished chef or attempting to make your very first meal, this post is chock full of inspiration to fuel your culinary creations. Here’s my first recipe:
“Spooning leads to forking”
Utensils and ingredients:
1 Chopping board (up to king size)
2 Persons of opposite sex (irreplaceable ..)
1 Papaya (not very wrinkled)
1 Plantain (to taste)
2 Oranges (grapefruit can be used)
200 gr. Stamina
Hugs and Kisses (to taste)
How to prepare:
Get the two Persons into the Dark quarter. Place them on the Chopping board like little spoons in a drawer, leave them mix for 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature and sprinkle the Hugs and Kisses (Oranges are just decorative so it’s recommended to choose the best looking). When properly seasoned, the Papaya is filled with the Plantain and then you should stir the Eggs vigorously for 15 to 20 minutes (that’s where the Stamina is applied) until it forms nougat and get very hard. Once hard, pour the residue into the Papaya and remove the Plantain, or what remains of it. Allow the mixture to stand for 9 months in the oven, and, once well spongy, the meal could be removed and cleaned the mold. If you want another service, let the mold repose additional 40 days before making another.
Note: If you enjoy cooking just for pleasure wrap the Plantain with a plastic cover to leave no residue.
Dear Lord, please bless…oh never mind, even You wouldn’t bless this slop!
In the “Diula” language in Mali, the term « dugutigui » (chief of the village), literally translated, means: «owner of the village»; «dugu» means village and «tigui», owner. Probably the term is the result of the contraction of «dugu kuntigui» (literally: chief of the village).