Thank you, friends, for your thoughtful words yesterday. They reminded me that there is so much goodness in this world, and that the Internet can be a good place, and a good starting point to share and spread messages of peace. As :) so beautifully wrote:
we need to weave the peace, everywhere, around us
with all the wools of the world
Today I'm thinking of another kind of goodness of the world, and our earth: planting a seed, and watching it grow with work and care to become one's food from the soil - beautiful, nourishing, healthy food. I was very proud last week, when I served my family the last cabbage from my winter garden, as part of in an Italo-Asian dish.
I'd planted cabbages in September, and during our unusually wet and warm autumn they'd been chewed up by battalions of slugs, snails and caterpillars that were very hard to keep at bay (my 'organic farming' method consisted in removing them manually, early morning). I can't say my cabbages exactly thrived, and they were never very large. But they did grow.
When I harvested that last cabbage, I felt more like I was picking a beautiful flower instead of a small and wrinkly cabbage with its outer leaves full of holes. I cooked some spaghetti, sizzled sesame seeds in olive oil, added chopped ginger, stir-fried the thinly sliced cabbage, and, after it was cooked, splashed it with soy sauce. I tossed spaghetti and stirred fried cabbage together, topped it with cashew nuts and chopped chives.
Then I lit some candles, and called my family to dinner.
PS Here's a similar recipe to what I make (thanks to Ninja for sending the link!). If, like me, you live in the middle of nowhere and don't have access to some of the more "exotic" ingredients, you can easily substitute rice noodles with spaghetti, and sesame oil with olive oil in which you've browned a generous amount of sesame seeds (which you keep and add to the dish).