Recently, I was told in a funny way, “you only like to eat things right out of the dirt.” Yeah, that is kind of true…and it is not just rabbit food it is also elephant food, gazelle food, etc. This weekend I gardened, pulling armloads of thick fibrous brown dead leaves and hollow limbs and sometimes uncovering sprouts. The green or red spears looked undemanding, fragile and strong all at once. Years ago I asked my Botany professor how do plants decide which way to grow; he said they are still trying to figure out why and how plants move. Anyway, these seed germs decided to go for it!
We get to bring in the strength of those enigmas coming right out of the ground. We can just “eat things right out of the dirt.” Or first smother the life out of them over a flaming stove, watch them wilt and crumble, boiling the nutrients right out of what can bring life and what is life, while we wait. It is easier to choose when you have some great raw recipes sitting right in front of you, especially if you are familiar with the recipes. Last night I tried such a boring loser recipe and it was so disappointing and big (8 servings?)… I also made a great one with curry paste, corn and cilantro – wow.
I got splinters from the garden’s dead hard thorns, so I have their teeth marks with me today. Nature has done such an interesting job. Designer foods packaged in bright red letters lose interest, are redundant.
Cheers to all the farmers growing it and throwing it on the truck. It is so nice to be free from having to eat synthetic foods wrapped in glued boxes (dead trees), plastic, chlorine, dyes, styrofoam, and metal. Even setting aside politics and the environment, it is just aesthetically so much more pleasing to just move on. Stepping away from the packaging has intrinsic value. I love when I can visit only the garden/produce part of the grocery store and be done.