FOR THE SHEER BEAUTY OF LIFE

Sometimes you have to slow down

to see what is in front of you

 

On a daily bases we are spinning round and round in our own created treadmill. The number of beats in the rhythm of our life is increasing to the point where we are so wound-up, that letting go seems impossible. We have to keep track of our e-mails, voice-mail, text messages, whats-app, check our I-pod and I-pads, and many more ‘com links’ to where we are not at that moment, ….  so what’s up?

 

IT IS GOLDEN IN EVERY SENCE
IT IS GOLDEN IN EVERY SENSE

 

You tell me ………..

Do you like it, this up-beat tempo?

What story does your body tell, is it feeling happy?

What does your mind tell you? Is your mind at ease?

Are you at ease?

If not,

what can you do?

 

The answer can be simple,…………….. you have to slow down. But how is the next question. Well, one option could be to start with sitting down, putting your hands on your knees, close your eyes and ……….BREATH. Breath slowly, slowly, slowly. Listen to your inhalation, the small pause followed by your exhalation. Do this for five minutes and when lucky you will enjoy the insetting calmness that will splash over you like a waterfall. Wow this feels so much better.

This new slower you has all sensors reset, you feel calmer, more aware, you have more time. Time to see the things around you, taking time to make a simple hello meaningful. In this state you are sensitive to the smaller things of the day.

This is you,

so I say hello,

welcome.

 

I like to share one of the beauties of life that I came across preparing the recipe in the last blog. One of the ingredients, a simple pod filled with seeds, got my attention for more than one reason. First it was more expensive than the rest of spices I was buying. Second I remembered my son disliking it for its according to him “soapy taste”.

Third because the pods did not intend to let their precious cargo let go easy. Fourth because the fragrance coming from those seeds was almost intoxicating, taking me to another place. Fifth, when observing these little chambers of power with a magnifier, I finally saw their beauty.

This I like to share with you, to show you the hidden treasure,

in these minis from around 12 millimeter or 1/2 inch.

 

THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IS OPEN
THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IS OPEN

 

We are talking here about CARDAMOM. Already mentioned in “the 1001 night” famous story, and long before. Not as common in the Western World as in the Middle East, Africa and the region of India, who could imagine a curry without cardamom! The Norman liked it so much they took it home on their boats to Scandinavia from their travels to Constantinople and it is used now a days still in there sweet krumcakes and Jule Kaga.

BESIDES GREEN CARDAMOM, THERE ARE TWO BLACK AND A JAVA TYPE
BESIDES GREEN CARDAMOM, THERE ARE TWO BLACK AND A JAVA TYPE

 

In Morocco it is used in for example ‘ras al-hanout’, which is a herb/spice mixture which can contain up to twenty ingredients such as allspice, blueberry, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cubebes, galangal, ginger, mace, nigella, nutmeg, black pepper and ground turmeric. So Cardamom is maybe new to you, but is known in the world as one of the older spices. In the deserts of the Arabic world you could be welcomed with an “Arabic coffee”, one that is flavored with cardamom. But you can also suck on the whole pott for a fresh breath and cleaning your teeth at the same time.

MAY THE LIGHT SHINE ON YOU
MAY THE LIGHT SHINE ON YOU

 

This time no recipes from me, except the one in the former blog of the ‘pepernoten’, or pepper nuts. At the bottom you will find some links to recipe sites and when you Google you can find lots more.

So good luck with slowing down and discovering new worlds.

the Dutch Cook

 

 

RECIPES

At Simply recipes  http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/ingredient/cardamom/

From Mother earth    http://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/cardamom.aspx

At the BBC      http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/cardamom

Recipes from epicurean.com    http://recipes.epicurean.com/asc_results.jsp?ingredients=Cardamom

INFORMATION ABOUT CARDAMOM

At the famous wiki web site  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardamom

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6 thoughts on “FOR THE SHEER BEAUTY OF LIFE

  1. What could be a more beautiful way in introducing this “little” kitchen wonder than the way you describe it here ?? Simply heart conquering…..especially the way the mystery is unfolded and connected with life ! N the snapshots………they leave you sooooo mesmerized !
    Thanks again 🙂
    Waiting for more posts !

  2. I wanted to use cardamom as one of the essential oils in the soap i was making. The extraordinary price had me change my mind. So instead, I used eucalyptus, grapefruit and bergamot. Still lovely, though less exotic.

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