Post 273: VEGETABLE PATE The Garden of Spices by Shoshanna Harrari adapted

Inspiration means an activity ending in creation and the act of taking a breath. Inspiration is an individual activity. Doesn’t it seem that the more one reads, reporting, profiles of events and people, daily news, cultural coverage, and listens to media: podcasts, videos, and cartoons , the habit of inspiration declines.

Why is that?

I read the following self help post. Some of the ideas on the surface seemed relevant and I am including them here. http://presenttensecoaching.com/2013/12/26/present-planning-future/)

It’s not about the recipe. Just don’t ruin a good story with the truth. What I mean by that is…that the story of your day is not a random collection of fragments, not a blow by blow recipe. It is your perception and inspiration that you extracted from the day.

For example, I stood over my sink. After following any recipe, there’s the dreaded clean-up;  unforeseen chemical reactions take place between warm surfaces. When my hot spoon scrapes out the food left in my pressure cooker, the food sticks to the spoon and I don’t like to clean it up. Yes first cool down the spoon and pot. Patience, cooling down, has it’s own rewards. If the pressure/temp came down and I waited for the pot to cool to the right time, then the surfaces would not be sending out sticky alerts and sticking to each other.

What is the message practically? You can only have one thought at a time, ( from presenttensecoaching) and can only be in one place at a time …the place may not be your choice but the thought is.

There really is no time other than the present and it’s always ours … Learning to be more present,  is a process that can take a lifetime. We are overflowing in gratitude to Hashem for what we already have. We fully experience this moment whether it’s taking time to see the garbage pilled up and perhaps, contact the Mayor:

 

Therefore, the practice of becoming more present serves us in so many more ways than in just living more fully by actually paying attention. It makes us deliberate creators versus creating by default.

When we tune in and become aware of how we are feeling, we can discern how we are vibrating, whether we are in alignment and thus what we are creating. (presenttensecoaching).

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.” ― Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

But, while life happens in the present, we still must plan for the future, which almost sounds like a contradiction. Can we be present and still plan for the future and if so, how do we not make the future more important than this red-hot moment?

Here are two ways, which reveal how your “present” expands while planning for any sort of future event.

1)You are planning something that may or may not happen. 
You are sending out resumes, writing blog content.  It’s all about how you are feeling now in the present about what you are planning for in the future. If you are excited and feeling good and hopeful about the future, you will be emitting that positive vibration now just by thinking about this future event and will allow it to come to you with much more ease than something in your future that seems unlikely. (You are only as successful as your beliefs)
2)You are planning something to escape from a present situation. 
You are settled in a new place. Creating something in your future to maximize  from where you are right now is possible. Something you are moving towards feels so good to imagine  in your life. It is always a higher vibration and much easier to move towards something than to move away from something as when we are not happy with what is. This causes to create resistance, which holds us back from that which we desire. “Being okay with where you are…gets you where you want to be”. I am not saying you have to like where you are right now, just be at peace with it and accept what is. When you move towards something there is excitement, possibility and the imagination of already having it, which to the mind, is the same as if it’s already here. That vision will start the imagination of already having it, which to the mind, is the same as … If you are not happy now, you will not be happy in the future.
Kehal Chassidim Shaarei Chesed Synagogue
 Address: 2, Yesha’ayahu Bar Zakai St, Jerusalem, Israel
 Shiur Announceemeent
 I did not attend the Raw Foods Luncheon;

Dear Netta,

Many thanks to you and “The Ladies” for inviting me to an absolutely delightful luncheon gathering of raw and healthy food.

Here is a recipe for the VEGETABLE PATE  that was brought by Clara.  It is from Shoshanna Harrari’s THE GARDEN OF SPICES, page 200.

VEGETABLE PATE

The Garden of Spices by Shoshanna Harrari adapted by me

1 t tamari, shoyu or sea salt

1 cup walnuts, soaked for 4 hours

i cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 hours

1/2 cup almonds, soaked overnight

olive oil and garlic and salt were called for without amounts

i used 2 cloves garlic,  about a teaspoon of salt, and “some” amount of olive oil when I was grinding the nuts

1 red pepper, chopped small

1 large onion, chopped small [I used a red onion]

1/2 t cumin powder

recipe called for 4 stalks celery chopped small, which I left out

1/2 t dried tarragon, which recipe called for but I missed (!)

Though the recipe called for chopping the veggies and mixing them in by hand, I first chopped the pepper and the onion in the food processor and then removed them.

Put the nuts, tamari, olive oil, garlic, salt and cumin into the food processor and process until smooth and well blended.

Add back into the food processor the chopped veggies and continue to grind until smooth.

I stuffed both celery and red bell pepper pieces with the spread and added carrots for dipping.  The spread is great on crackers, lettuce and just about anything else.

Can’t tell you how long this will last in the frig cuz, Baruch Hashem, we ate it all up.

Enjoy!

 

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