COOKING AS A RITUAL
A sacred vibe in the kitchen means you’re creating a space that feels good and the energy is interacting with the process of cooking on a positive level.
“Honour the sanctity of the kitchen by making sure you’re in a good frame of mind,” says Chara. “Make it clear to your family that cooking is a really important time to be calm and equally ensure that the kitchen surfaces are clean and tidy,” she says. “Set the intention that this will be a joyful experience which can include music playing in the background, letting in natural light or being barefoot as this can help you feel more grounded. The idea is not to have too many things stand between you and your food so to heighten this, use a mortar and pestle to hand-grind spices or knead the dough as this brings you closer to the ingredients and allows your good vibes to transmit to the meal you’re preparing.”
Additionally, maintaining mindfulness while handling the produce keeps you focused and allows you to notice the moment-to-moment sensations such as their colour, touch and smell.
“With the same focus create a nice rhythm with your knife while cutting your leafy greens, turn your vegetables into nice, even shapes and then line the ingredients up in the order you’re cooking, all of which will put you in a state of flow and allow you to really relish the moment,” says Melanie.
When it comes to kitchen utensils, having a level of awareness of what they’re made out of is also a good step in the right direction for better health and for a more wholesome kitchen environment. “There can be lots of nasty chemicals and toxic coatings on pots and pans which have an impact on food and on the environment, so it’s best to use earthenware where possible,” suggests Chara. Favour bamboo cutting boards, wooden bowls, copper pots, natural baking paper, and wooden or stainless steel utensils.