Cooking to reconcile with the living

- through Sophie Solere

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How to find our place as humans within the universe through "eating well".

Our food is the mirror of the world. A patchwork of joy and sadness, good intentions, helplessness and anger. It is a complex subject that touches on the intimate, conditioned by the collective and which, in this particular moment in the history of humanity, invites us to experience food differently. Because, as a way of awakening consciousness, it raises the question of the meaning of our humanity on Earth. A process that goes through our ability to exploit the living before realizing that we can also cooperate with it.

Over the centuries, and more particularly from the XNUMXth century in Europe, the way humans feed themselves has changed their relationship to the living. But, today, we can rediscover through food a common sense of existence. Thinking about food outside of personal development or dietetics is a necessity. THE " eat well " is not a story of proteins, but tells of our link to the world and our ability to let the living go through it. This symbolic reconciliation between us and nature offers us the possibility of rediscovering our place as humans within this universe. Here is a winter proposal that will nourish the body and the heart.


60 g brown rice or other cereal
50g butternut squash
3 grapes
1 branch of parsley
3 tbsp of various oils (olive, hemp, roasted sesame)
30g small soy protein
1 chicory
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp white miso
20g malted yeast
10 g de maïzena
150 ml of soy milk
¼ tbsp cashew puree
Salt, white pepper
Pink berries and parsley

"Eating well" is not a story of proteins, but tells of our link to the world and our ability to let the living go through it.

1st bowl: wholemeal round rice, garnished with a drizzle of hemp oil and pink peppercorns.

2e bowl : endive gratin with soy

Rehydrate the soy proteins for 15 minutes in a little warm water and a little soy sauce. Fry the endives with a little salt, then when they have already lost a lot of water, sauté them in olive oil over high heat. In a frying pan, put a little oil and sauté the drained proteins. After a few minutes, add the rest of the soy sauce and continue until they become fluffy. In a saucepan, dissolve the cornstarch and the cashew puree in the soy milk then heat while stirring. Add the white miso, malted yeast and continue until the béchamel takes. In a dish, put the proteins, spread the endive in petals on it and pour the béchamel. Put in the oven for 20 minutes at 190 degrees to brown everything. Serve with a little fresh parsley on top.

3e bowl : grate a little butternut squash, salt, massage and put under a weight. After half an hour, squeeze, season with lemon and lay a few sliced ​​grapes.

reconciliation meditation

Take the time to contemplate the offering that your dish represents. Then, calmly, deploy your breath, appreciating the sensations that emerge without judging them. With each breath, return to the sweetness of receiving a little of the life thus offered by food and taste your meal while being in the consciousness of fully reconciling yourself to the world.

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Sophie Solere

Sophie Solère is an economic and social journalist who has been interested for years in the environment and interdependence. She works for Buddhist News, a media platform dedicated to Buddhist spirituality and wisdom. By practicing yoga and meditative dance, Sophie discovered the power of spiritual journeys, which offer so many paths to (re)find yourself. She is dedicated to sharing inspiring stories and valuable advice on spiritual practice and the environment with Buddhist News readers.

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