I would like to introduce to you "Meatless Mondays" a global non profit initiative in association with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The web address is: meatlessmonday.com. Join the movement and if you are not vegetarian or vegan go meatless every Monday. Their goal is to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet. Check it out lots of people are signing up. Have a look.
If you haven't noticed yet most of my recipes call for asafoetida (I never get the spelling right sorry). Some of you have asked what it is. It is a plant from the root of the giant fennel, Ferula asafoetida. A small amount goes a long way. I use organic asafoetida but some use Hing (the Indian counter part). It comes in a powdered form. Hing is a lot stronger and strong smelling. It has a rich distinctive taste. A cross between onion and garlic and truffles. However, be careful not to over estimate amounts.
In the days of Moghul aristocracy in India, the court singers of Agra and Delhi would wake before dawn and eat a spoonful of asafoetida with butter to enhance their singing voices before singing on the banks of the Yamuna river. Can't you just visualise that? Stop and think about that for one minute. I can almost hear them singing in the distance. Sweet little hypnotic voices on the banks of the river, picnics, peace and love permeating in the air and the fruits from the fruit trees you can taste just by looking at them. This is the inner peace we look for.
I love these kinds of folky stories. They are so beautiful.
You will notice this week in the recipe section, I've added another soup, juice and gluten free chocolate cake recipe. Long live the cooking cave.
More recipes coming soon.