The Spirit Behind Preparing Food

Is the food we prepare susceptible to our moods? What a stupid question you may say, sounds so “new agey.” Well, maybe, but having watched a few episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” I just have to ask it.

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With all the cursing, crying, fighting, swearing and general mayhem going on in the kitchen, while the poor food in its unprepared and vulnerable state stares up at it all with wild and frightened eyes, how can it not remain unaffected? Something, somewhere deep inside me says, when partaking of food prepared in that way, you receive in to yourself the very particles of the havoc.and disorder.

Food is a sacrament and eating a dish prepared with love, care and a sense of hospitality makes it’s very essence that. So Gordon, I’m not so sure I want to eat your food.

Have I taken leave of my senses? Probably. πŸ™‚

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About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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52 Responses to The Spirit Behind Preparing Food

  1. Ese' s Voice says:

    I use to be a fan of Gordon…quite some time ago because I use to admire his rawness, sharpness and…everything else he is (or isn’t but has to be in the show). And then I somehow bumped into “Masterchef Australia”…hosts, atmosphere, participants, places, food – of course…and realised the vibes in this show is something I had become thirsty for after “Hell’s Kitchen”. And that positivity, kindness, even a pinch of humility has very much to do with the way food makes me feel.

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    • Don says:

      I can’t agree with you more Ese. The contrast of atmosphere between the two shows is like Night and day.I suppose initially the rawness and the sharpness has a kind of an attraction to it, but you soon begin to see through it and it just becomes, in my opinion, boorish and crude.But I suppose in fairness there are those who probably don’t see it in that way.Your last sentence also shares a sentiment I have. Thanks for a great comment.

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  2. tiramit says:

    ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ says it all…

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  3. Darrel H says:

    Wow, I like this. good thoughts here.

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  4. Mary says:

    Hi Don, watched the show once and just didn’t get into the yelling and hollering. Life is too short to have a TV show upset my sense of peace.

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    • Don says:

      True Mary. I feel the same way. The “yelling and the hollering” also just becomes too much for me. As you say, my sense of peace is far too valuable to be disrupted by that kind of thing.

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  5. I like your sense of humor.

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  6. I think you may have something there! The best ingredient in any food is love, as they say…
    Diana xo

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  7. viewpacific says:

    Here’s a view from a different “channel”. I’ve helped out in more than one monastery kitchen. It’s amazing how calm it can be even while cooking for 600. The food emerges deliciously!

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    • Don says:

      I can imagine just something of what it must be like. I like that “Channel.”Thank you for sharing. I think I must try and go to a monastery kitchen. πŸ™‚

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  8. timelesslady says:

    I agree with you. I used to watch Hell’s Kitchen, but became tired of the swearing (bleeped) and constant yelling and stress. I prefer Master Chef…sometimes a little abrasive, but with more diversity of format and style. If I am stressed my food never seems to turn out. A good reason to stay…calm. πŸ™‚

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    • Don says:

      Thank you. I think we mysteriously put in our food what is in our hearts. Again it sounds weird, but somewhere deep within I know this to be true. πŸ™‚

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  9. nrhatch says:

    I think you’re on to something, Don.

    Have you read Hidden Messages in Water? The book delves into how the molecular structure of water changes depending upon whether we bathe it in positive or negative vibrations.

    When Emoto placed an identical mixture of water and rice in identical jars, the mixtures responded differently to soothing sounds (classical music) vs. jarring sounds (heavy metal):

    Jarring sounds resulted in moldy rice. Soothing sounds resulted in fermented rice (think Saki).

    For more info:
    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/hidden-messages-in-water/

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  10. “Leave of senses?” Not at all. Just as Emoto’s work with water showed that water ‘feels and reacts’ to negative stimulus, why wouldn’t food? One of my sister’s refuses to use a microwave – for anything. She has always been convinced that it measurably changes the molecular structure of anything its waves cross. She’s often right about her instincts.

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  11. Val Boyko says:

    Love this post Don.
    I tell myself that its all for show and the ratings…. like so many other tv shows.
    Just don’t get me going on Kitchen Nightmares!!! The food there must be clinging to its dear life with wild and frightened eyes not knowing which way to turn…..I’m surprised it ever makes it to a plate!
    Val x

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    • Don says:

      I just had to laugh at your comment concerning the food in “Kitchen Nightmares” Val.You’re right, it’s also all about the ratings etc.

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  12. Robert says:

    I agree with you Don, there are many things that we can’t see, science has told us is there. What about stuff science can’t see? Personally I couldn’t work in the hostile environment GR creates.

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  13. Hudson Howl says:

    Tonight a light rain warm rain falls on my fledgling yellow tomato plants, egg plants, pimento peppers, peas and potatoes of which the tops have just emerged from the soil. All will be happy tomorrow morning. My job keep them happy through out the summer growing season. Eventually all will bear happy fruit. Which I will happily pick or dig. Happily prepare, (peas seldom make it into the house). And happily eat. No angry food here. This is my way of saying I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    If loosing your senses gets you to realizations such as this, we all should step, if not run like hell from our senses often.

    I have not done it my self but I have heard of vineyards and growers of various crops who play music to their crops as they mature. So I leave you humming the Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’.

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    • Don says:

      Your comment Calvin really touched me. I loved it. I can just see you working away in that garden of yours and giving all the care those vegetables need. What a joy it must be for you to finally put them on your table and allow them to reciprocate and nourish you as you nourished them.

      Playing music for their crops! Now that’s quite something, and good vibrations to you my friend. πŸ™‚

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  14. cindy knoke says:

    I cook with love, love to cook, and love this post!!!

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  15. I just cannot watch shows like that! I can’t even stand to watch commercials either, so I don’t watch commercial TV at all, and rarely watch TV any more unless there is something good on the ABC – I have better things to do most of the time.

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  16. Espirational says:

    Makes sense to me. But I happen to believe that food is more than just “fuel.” There is a lot of emotional/spiritual stuff surrounding the preparing and eating of food. It bothers me that food is increasingly being seen as the enemy in our culture and that people don’t eat together as in the past. But that’s a whole other discussion…

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    • Don says:

      I agree Rogene. Food is for me a form of sacrament – I mean that in the widest sense of the word – and has to be treated in that way. You make an interesting point in your last sentence, something to really ponder upon. :).

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  17. ladyfi says:

    Makes sense to me! I just don’t understand the cook-from-hell attitude!

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  18. ravenjanedoh says:

    Being a chef and a baker, I agree 100%! I usually dance and sing when I cook / bake… can’t find that ingredient on the shelf. πŸ˜‰

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  19. Michael says:

    Food as sacrament- a lovely line that stuck with me. Every moment as sacred…

    In a former life I did some work with this company, and wrote this post I thought you may enjoy along the lines of the Emoto link. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Tsenkova once, a delightful human being, and a research scientist who is doing amazing work in this really interesting field… (The post itself is not commercial at all, and I no longer work with this organization. Just thought you may find it interesting…)

    http://granderwater.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/conversations-with-a-tomas-hirschfeld-award-winner-does-water-signal-onset-of-disease/

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    • Don says:

      Thanks Michael and thank you for the Link as well. I read the article and found it fascinating. I so admire people who do this kind of research. We just realize how little we know. πŸ™‚

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  20. While I was growing up, Don, our neighbor was a warm, wonderful and very competent Italian lady with four children. Food preparation was almost sacred with her, and as soon as each child was old enough to walk, he or she was given a special chore to accomplish. No tantrums, arguments, loud music or TV allowed during preparation, eating and cleaning up afterwards.
    She said anyone who allowed distractions at mealtimes needed to take the whole family out to eat. It would teach them the high price/low healthful eating of restaurants…and everyone else in the restaurant would complain and give them mad looks and teach them a lesson.
    I really like this post, Don!

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    • Don says:

      Marvellous story Marilyn. I’m sure to this day wherever those children are mealtimes must be special to them. As I read your comment I kind of got a picture of the Italian Mama and all the activity around the meal preparation. πŸ™‚

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  21. Sometimes, Don, I just love how your mind works.

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  22. I haven’t thought about this before but what you say makes such good sense. I only saw a little of the programme once and didn’t like it. I love to to cook for family and friends and like that my love for them is in the preparation and the eating! Thank you for that gem of a thought πŸ™‚

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  23. The preparation of food requires a spiritual component. We must make sure that what we prepare for ourselves and others is pure, free of bacteria, and that included is one important ingredient, love. I visualize how people will enjoy what I cook. I become totally focused on the pleasure my food will bring me and all those I love.

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