I have to admit that spending time in the kitchen is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities.
It's such a beautiful and intimate moment of expression and meditation.
Maybe it's my curiosity and eagerness for learning new things that gets me excited about cooking. Maybe it's the whole process of creation and following a clearly outlined set of instructions. Maybe it's the anticipation of tasting the first bite and the designing and presentation of the plate. Maybe it's the sense of control and peace of mind knowing what's going into my body. Maybe it's the combination of all these things that makes me enjoy cooking more and more every time.
I believe cooking to be one of the most expressive and personal moments of meditation and creativity for the mind and body.
I studied over 100 dietary theories as a health coach. I don't remember most of them, but what I do remember is the idea of food and how preparing it yourself completely changes its chemical structure.
I believe that food is energy - not just physical energy that feeds your cells, but also, metaphysical energy that feeds your mental and emotional being.
Just thinking of the process of cooking a meal - it's so much deeper than the physical action.
Have you seen any movies about cooking, like "The 100-foot Journey?" These films always have that one scene where the chef completely immerses into his private world of passion and inspiration, love and connection, consciousness and intuition. One moment, filmed like a sensual love scene, where every touch, every chop, every stir expresses pleasure and infatuation.
I feel the same way when I cook. My senses come alive. I become infatuated by the colors, smells, textures, and flavors. My sense of gratitude is elated. My sense of gratitude is elated. This sense of gratitude turns into outpouring love for the gifts of Nature - the beautiful selection of foods that give immeasurable wealth to my body. My creativity also ignites, as does my sense of awareness of the present moment.
Living through our senses can really make the overall experience richer and more vibrant.
Cooking is artistry. It allows freedom of expression and creativity. It teaches patience, love, even meditation.
I do kind of get into a state of calm when I cook. I get these deep thoughts about life, which are quite inspiring, just acknowledging how amazing it feels being there in the moment.
And that's when you know what you cook will taste amazing. The more enthusiasm and desire you put into learning, experimenting with your food, the more satisfying the end result.
I would like to share one of my experiments - an easy and quick recipe for a baked cod.
I like simple yet tasteful dishes. And as a health coach I always appreciate and value high quality wholesome foods that will support all of my body's needs and answer to all of its wants.
Baked Cod with Lemon and Orange
Servings: 6 fillets
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
6 cod fillets (wild-caught, cleaned)
1 large lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
black pepper, salt, and herbs to taste
Place cod fillets on a baking sheet.
Rub olive oil, black pepper, salt, and herbs of your choice into the cod on all sides.
Slice lemon in half. Use one half of the lemon to squeeze lemon juice on top of each fillet. Cut the other half of the lemon into slices.
Same with the orange. Cut into slices for garnish and use the rest to squeeze orange juice onto the cod.
Arrange lemon and orange slices on top of fillets.
Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes until cooked through.
Serve by itself or with roasted veggies of your choice.
TIP: You can get fancy with your presentation and use some of your herbs and orange peel to decorate the plate. For the sauce, I used the juice that the fish naturally yielded while baking.
Remember to savor the moment. Sometimes it'll taste sour, bitter, but other times it'll taste sweet. No matter the taste, every moment can bring you immense wealth...if you know what I mean.