Introducing a new feature, on request from you, our readers! My wife, Linda, will be doing a series on food, New Mexican culture, kitchen witchery, and whatever else comes to mind, as it happens! Now often she has really lame thoughts like “Stop trolling people on Facebook!” or “Do you have to be so darn political all the time?” or unprintable thoughts like [marital relations redacted by order of Majestic 12], but you guys get all the
good uh I mean printable stuff. And everyone likes her better than me anyway! So give a warm welcome to Linda…because she at least adds pictures to her posts, and that’s fairly smart, right? 😀
Food is essential to life and it can be as bland and empty of anything except chemical sustenance as any manufactured pill or it can be alive with love and strength, it can be a sharing of spiritual power and love. The difference is in the attitude and intention of the cook.
Traditionally the women of the house prepare food just as they prepare remedios and simples to treat the illnesses of the family. Perhaps because of that most people ignore the power of the spiritual side of food preparation. In truth this side of it is not required to make the food nourishing or even tasty. It is an added dimension that raises the common food to the level of sacrament. In some groups it is still the custom that as the cook prepares the food prayers are said and small bits of it are burnt in the cooking fire as an offering to the aspect of the creator that their people honors.
I do not even attempt to do this fully with every meal. Some of them are hurried slap together enough nourishment to satisfy so we can go on to the next thing affairs. Life can be so very busy and there is a real danger that the niceties and the time-consuming spiritual aspects will get squeezed out. This is as much a problem for me as for anyone. But when I take the time and the energy to properly and thoughtfully prepare a meal even those who do not know why it is so notice the difference in the taste and more importantly in the way consuming it makes them feel.
When I am speaking of cooking I will be sharing recipes but I will also talk about the other aspects of cooking. The medical and traditional affinities of each ingredient will be discussed and perhaps I will throw in some of the memories associated with the dish in my family or in the traditions of the culture it comes from.