Attention and awareness in The Kitchen
I read an article on a blog recently in which the writer describes how she likes to cook without making noise. To be a quiet as she can in the kitchen. This is not because the rest of the household is asleep, but as an act of mindfulness and honesty as you cook.
It made a deep impact on me. I clatter and bang around the small kitchen in which I cook. Drawers open and are pushed shut. Pantry doors opened and closed, the fridge door too, without thinking, as I move on with the task. Dishes rattle in the sink. And we better not mention the saucepan cupboard.
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It is wise to have a free mind, a clear, serene and relaxed attitude toward life before partaking of food. Ancient wisdom from India.
Searching through some old files this morning, I found this piece on diet and consciousness from my beloved Guru, Sivaya Subramunyaswami.
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Paneer in a lovely mint sauce
Mint Paneer is a variation on Palak Paneer, where the gravy is made from mint leaves rather than spinach. The paneer adapts remarkably well, being an adopter of flavours rather than a determiner of flavours.
You might like to browse our other Paneer recipes here. Or you might like our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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In Autumn, tomatoes are at their best, especially for cooking.
In Autumn tomatoes come into their own. Not only are the tomatoes a little juicer, a little sweeter away from that hot sun, but the weather is a little cooler and so cooking tomatoes becomes an option again – baked, grilled, fried, sauteed, sauced, pureed – you name the cooking method and tomatoes will have it covered.
Gratineed tomatoes are filled with cheese, herbs and breadcrumbs and oven baked for slightly retro but awesome lunches or as a side dish to a main meal. They can be cooked in covered BBQs as well.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta and Basil, Creamy Potato Cheese Gratin, Oven Baked Tomatoes, and Baked Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice.
Or if you are after other Gratin dishes, try Pasta Bake with Cabbage and Cheese, Potato and Cheddar Gratin, and Caramelised Witlof with a Cheesey Topping.
You might like to browse other Baked Tomatoes here. All of our Tomato recipes are here and here, or Italian recipes here. and here. Or find inspiration in our easy Autumn recipes here and here.
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Spicy chickpeas to satisfy the munchies.
Baked chickpeas are a delicious, easy and healthy snack You can eat these chickpeas just as they are, or throw them into salads on top of pasta with vegetable sauces. Eat them sitting out on your lovely table in the sunshine. Take them in your backpack on long walks. In your bento box for an office lunch. They are a great pre-dinner munchie. Or a late night TV snack.
Have a look at our Tray Baked Turmeric Spicy Chickpeas, too. Similar recipes include Tray Baked Veg with Pomegranate Molasses.
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