WISE WOMAN CENTER COOK
Susun likes to tell the story that I arrived at her place a professional
macrobiotic cook, and while I was there I became a good cook. I know
there is some good cooking in macrobiotics,but I must say the truths
and beauty behind cooking in the Wise Woman Tradition make sense and
anchor me in my life. That physicalness of the food, and spirit of the
life forms that provide it, connect me to the earth in a real and an
It is a blessing and a challenge in a world where taste is supreme.
Nothing else matters in many people's lives; not cost nor pesticide
contamination, not distance from grower to store, nor politics of the
huge mega-farms that grow so much of our organics these days.
In the Wise Woman Tradition, the whole nature of the food is considered
and any decision might be made, depending on the needs of the situation.
Our organic rice and beans are not grown locally, but most of our vegetables
at the Wise Woman Center come from a local CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture), and from the gardens at the Center.
Fortunately, weeds are used as food and medicine in the Wise Woman
Tradition; that's pretty local, that's pretty good cost. Wild weeds
are the best, but sometimes you just have to transplant 'em. When I
bought my house I was wealthy (still am) in celandine. I had to bring
in red clover and motherwort and yellow dock and burdock. I already
had violets and dandelion, and brought in nettles, garlic mustard, and
mullein. Of course they live here with me now, except for purslane,
I can't get purslane to grow yet.
Learning to cook with wild foods has been enormously satisfying particularly
in the deep delicious taste of the food. And I also know that I commune
with the devas and Earth Herself when I eat of that sublime fare. Wild
Root Soup in the spring made with dandelion and burdock roots. Nettles
Soup omigoddess. Chickweed and violet leaf in salad. Pussy Pesto (made
with catnip of course) Talk about devas! I could go on and on but really,
come to a workshop and experience it yourself. You've never had Garlic
bread like this before.
Cooking at the Wise Woman Center is special in this regard, because
the plants are truly loved and honored; I know we taste it in the food
made from them. And there is such abundance of the plants; truly a paradigm
for living. The abundance I mean.
I love cooking for workshops at the Wise Woman Center in part because
the kitchen is one of the places from which the spiral flows. Or perhaps
I might say the kitchen is one of the places from which we steer the
Food and eating are of supreme importance to our health on every level,
and to the health of our cultures and our planet. Our attitudes toward
food - buying it, preparing it, eating it, etc., shape our lives (as
well as our bodies) over time. I am grateful for eating weeds, and for
cooking at the Wise Woman Center.
Learn more about Marie
learn about Marie's Sacred Chants
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She Walks With Snakes - Women's Sacred Chants CD
Here are some great
recipes from Ms. Summerwood for you to enjoy!!
Read Marie's article in the March Herbal Ezine, The
Rising of Spring
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