Cooking is Productive Mindfulness
Recipe writing and development seems counter-intuitive when people are facing the stark realities of everything this pandemic has brought and will bring.
However, one thing we will all have to do is to eat! Cooking has always been what I call Productive Mindfulness, you can spend as much or as little time per day making something that fills your time, with however much or little you have. The bonus is that you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Within the time spent cooking, you will clear your mind of anything else that is happening in the world, hence my term productive mindfulness.
Some recipes like bread require nurturing, knocking down proofing, which when our lives are pulled in all directions with commutes, long hours or ferrying children from one activity to the other, we could never manage. We may now have time to make a loaf of bread, roll your own pie dough and in the productive mindfulness forget that it is because you can’t reach for the shop-bought box.
Take the time to make simple cost-effective recipes that you would not ordinarily have time to make and enjoy. Relish a bowl of beans that you soaked overnight and cooked in a rich tomato sauce. Even when putting a sandwich together, your mind will think of little else.
This will be a difficult time, but one with cooking something daily, doing what you wish you always had time for, can give you a sense of achievement at the end of the day, in a modest way.
Take care of your wonderful selves.