A Gift for Nature
Excerpt from: Cooking for the Love of the World
Awakening Our Spirituality through Cooking
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
mentor at Wise Woman University
One way I have enlivened my relationship to the seasonal festivals and the processes in nature has been to spray my land and garden with biodynamic preparations. Biodynamic preparations are made of substances from the farm, prepared in harmony with the seasonal rhythms and the natural processes of the earth and cosmos. I think of them as homeopathic remedies for the garden or the land. Some preparations I make myself and other preparations I get from our local biodynamic group of farmers. Only a very small amount is used in gallons of clear, fresh rainwater. The preparations are stirred for 20 minutes to one hour before they are sprayed on the land, some in the evening and some in the morning.
At each of the main four seasonal festivals, celebrated around the solstices and equinoxes, I gather a variety of appropriate preparations and mix them with water. I sit in an inner mood of joy and gratitude while stirring the water rhythmically. If I do not have the right preparations, I sit and stir a gallon of rainwater for half an hour adding only the reverence and appreciation. I use my hand to make a vortex going in the direction of the sun (clockwise). Then I create chaos with my hand by stirring the opposite way, creating a vortex going the direction of the sun (counterclockwise). I continue stirring in this manner until it is ready to spray.
In one hand I carry this potent water in a small bucket. In the other hand I carry a little dust-brush. Then I dip a small dust-brush in the water and spray it every 20-30 steps on our land and garden. As I spray I attend to the gratitude in my heart. I walk around in this mood through the woods, garden and in the fields. This is my gift to the earth!
Fill a big bucket halfway with rainwater. Use your hand to create vortexes first one way then other. Feel gratitude for the source of life as you stir. Then walk around, in your garden or in your neighborhood, spreading the water potentized with these thoughts and feelings.
Young Summer Greens with Mustard Dressing
In early summer a wide variety of new leafy greens are available. Use young kale, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, collards, turnip, and beet greens. Stems are tender at this time of year, so leave them on the greens.
1/2 pound of different small greens cleaned
2 quarts water
Bring two quarts water to a boil.
Immerge the whole green leaves in boiling water and blanch for 2-4 minutes.
Drain and cool the greens. Cut them first in halves along the stem, then in fine diagonals. Pour the dressing over the greens right before serving.
8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons rice or balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh rosemary cut very fine
Whisk all ingredients for the dressing together in a bowl.
Cooking for the Love of the World:
Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt
A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking.
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-Susun S. Weed, Author, Healing Wise
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About the Mentor: My name is Anne-Marie. I am a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author, and nutritional counselor. I have taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in my homeland Denmark, Europe, and the United States. I am the author of “Cooking for the Love of the World, Awakening Our Relationship to Spirituality Through Cooking.”