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PERSIMMON AND BASIL GALETTE


This past month I've found myself in aggressive moods propelled by moments of angst over the impending changes at work and in my life (more on that another day). I can't help but think the current state of our world is also a player in this game of nearly getting the best of me on a regular basis. The barrage of headlines about war and terror and red verse blue cast a shadow on my otherwise sunny disposition. How does one deal with it all? It makes me feel like I am treading water in uneasy seas.

What is most compelling to me about my negative emotions, thoughts, feelings, and comments is that if I combat them with a buddhist view, I can generally shake them off quickly. Buddah says that life is neutral, and what we are thinking, speaking, believing, and our attitude about life is all we ever actually experience. You are the source of your life - good and bad. I read something the other day that really hit it home for me and since then I have felt more at peace.

Give attention to the possibility that all human communication, every word uttered in the human experience, is either a call for love -- "Appreciate me, acknowledge me, validate me, approve of me, take care of me, hold me!" or an expression of love--- "Thank you, I am great, you are extrodinary, I want your life to be successful." All our acts and words are attempts to presence (be and present) love. Consider that love, or the desire for love, is the distillation of all spoken words and the motivation for all action.

-Teres Engelhart- founder of Cafe Gratitude, a passage from Sacred Commerce.

When I read this I was able to discover the souce of where so much of my aggression was coming from and make sense of where it might be coming from within others.

But I digress, baking has a way of calming my nerves and creating more space to breathe allowing me to just be.

Following a recipe, or in this case creating one requires you to be focused on the ingredients and measurements making sure that you notate the amounts, adjust and taste test until it's perfect. The immediacy of baking takes me out of my head and I become present to what is going on right in front of me drowning out all the rest of the noise.

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

3 Cups

unbleached all-purpose flour

3 Teaspoons

coconut sugar or sugar of choice

2/3 Cups

coconut oil, cold and solid

2/3 Cups

ice cold water

pinch of salt

FOR THE CREME

4 Tablespoons

Coconut Cream - the solid not the liquid

3 Tablespoons

vegan cream cheese- or more coconut cream