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Introduction to the Mindful Kitchen

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Building a nature relatedness practice with food means learning how to weave together a few foundation skills.

In yoga, you might think of foundations as breath work, downward dogs and planks.  In nature relatedness it requires storytelling to build new perspective, beginner’s mind to build new knowledge, and rituals to build new meaning.

From head to hands to habit, your relationship with food becomes your means of living a life aware and respectful of the constant dance of exchange you are in with the entire natural world. Think of it this way, you could eat cake 364 days a year, but only on your birthday does that slice of buttercream bliss hold the story of your past and dreams for your future. 

Imagine if every bite you took was that sweet? 

Our content is built to be consumed in threes.

Start with Storytelling, that will give you knowledge and insights. Then use the Beginner’s Mind question to expand how you think about the topic at hand and question what you think you know. From there, move on to the Ritual which lets you practice what you have learned through your hands and your body in the shape of a recipe or a simple routine you can incorporate into your daily life.

Then do it again.

#fromheadtohandstohabit

A brief introduction to The Mindful Kitchen

Welcome to The Mindful Kitchen! This marks the beginning of a series of videos designed to guide you on your journey to a more mindful relationship with food. Our goal is to help you learn how to eat, kind of like how you do yoga with the goal of learning...

What is a nature relatedness practice?

There are several quotes related to the bubbly gold that is Champagne. Dom Pérignon (1638–1715) was a monk and a pioneer winemaker. He was the first to blend grapes to enhance their qualities and improve the outcome of the finished wines. He also perfected...

Exploring a Beginner’s Mind

This is the second foundational building block in our nature relatedness practice. Developing a beginner's mind in relation to the food we eat takes us back to when we were children, playing with a leaf or marveling at the snail in the grass. It will teach...

What are our rituals with food?

Whether it be a birthday party cake or our sacred cup of morning coffee, we all have rituals with food. Dwelling on these rituals that are so ingrained in our lives connects us to a time when humans were more in tune with and dependent upon nature....

A PRACTICE FOR Autumn

The apple has twice as many genes as humans

Did you know, that the apple genome carries approximately 57 000 genes, twice as many as the human genome? How fantastic is that? We start our Story of Autumn with a closer look at the fruit of the season, the versatile and vigorous apple. Remembering that...

Beginner’s Mind and the Apple

Here's your first chance to practice your Beginner's Mind questions with food! (If you need a fresher upper, have a look at our Beginner's Mind Intro here) This week we're focusing on apples as the fruit of the season. Have a think on these questions the next time you...

The Ritual of the Zero Waste Apple

Rituals are how we humans build habits that turn our intentions into action. Rituals are the means by which we demonstrate our values in the world. They can bring you a sense of security and optimism by actively fusing meaning and purpose. The icing on the...

The pumpkin and its sisters

Knowledge is power! Our next foodsource that takes us further into the Story of Autumn is the pumpkin - nothing says autumn quite like the glorious pumpkin! Its glowing skin and fantastic ability to preserve through the winter truly makes the pumpkin a super food. Get...

The Story of Autumn: The Ritual of Pickling Pumpkin

There are several quotes related to the bubbly gold that is Champagne. Dom Pérignon (1638–1715) was a monk and a pioneer winemaker. He was the first to blend grapes to enhance their qualities and improve the outcome of the finished wines. He also perfected...

Halloween, food and rituals

Looking at the holiday of Halloween through the nature relatedness lens, we learn it is an ancient celebration of connection. A time when past and present merge, as spirits who have passed again roam the earth. Bidding summer a final goodbye and preparing...

Beginner’s Mind and Halloween

What kind of magic are you cooking up for Halloween? As you get your ghoul on, lend a thought to the origins of Halloween. When the holiday began thousands of years ago, what do you think made people seem fearful at this time of year? How do you think they...

The Ritual of Bobbing for Apples

Boo! The spooky ritual of Halloween (that for many of us no doubt brings back beloved childhood memories) has roots deeply embedded in how humans relate to nature. I can hear some cynics now. For sure, many of the delights of Halloween have been...

Beer and its role in our community

From Octoberfest to Thanksgiving, beer is an essential part of our autumn celebrations. Beer has played an important role in shaping our civilisation and world as we know it today. Beer has been crafted and drunk by mankind for thousands of years -...

Have a think about beer

To widen your perspective on beer beyond the horizon of your local watering hole, chew on this Beginner's Mind question: What value does beer add to your life, beyond being a source of pleasure and relaxation? What social meaning do you associate with a...

The Ritual of Baking and Breaking Beer Bread

Cheers! Skål! Sante! Prost! This time of year we gather together and feast! From Oktoberfest to Thanksgiving to however you make December merry and bright, beer drinking is en vogue this time of year. The rise of the feast, lubricated by beer, was a ritual...

Thanksgiving – more than just an American holiday

Even though I haven't celebrated Thanksgiving in the US in 20 years, I still take it with me everywhere I go. I find myself celebrating it with people from all over the world, to whom the patriotic celebration is meaningless, but who find value in...

A Thankful Beginner’s Mind

It is easy to forget everything that goes into making a good meal. In our lives of easy access and abundance the hands, the soil and the effort behind food is often forgotten. The next time you sit down for a meal, think through what and who you are...

The Ritual of Tak for Mad

Tak for Mad. This is a simple phrase that I have learned since I moved to Denmark. It simply means, "thanks for food." It is most often used at the end of a meal, to thank the person who prepared the food. The very nature of the phrase is communal and...

The Story of Cinnamon

Cinnamon has the ability to take us back to memories often of childhood or holiday celebrations. Its warm smell is in itself nurturing. But how much do you really know about this spice from far away? Watch and learn folks.

Beginner’s Mind – Cinnamon Spiced Edition

When we do our workshops, one of our most powerful ingredients is cinnamon. Its scent has the capability to trigger a range of memories and emotions, from early childhood to the latest winter holiday. If you have some cinnamon in your kitchen, go grab it...

The Ritual of Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon and autumn are synonymous in my book. Breathing in the spice and the warmth of cinnamon makes me feel cozy from the inside out. In fact, once upon a time cinnamon was considered an aphrodisiac because its spicy warmth put people in the mood for...

A PRACTICE FOR Winter

Do you feel comfortable in nature?

In this practice we examine nature relatedness through feeling at ease in nature – and give you a recipe ritual for homemade pesto. Dive in to the practice to further your nature relatedness journey.

On your relationship with nature

In this practice, explore the importance of your relationship with nature. You’ll also find a beginner’s mind question on squirrels and finally a ritual with homemade peanut butter.

From butter to the big bang

Making butter is an exercise in energy exchange. When done with intent, making butter is a way to develop an understanding through food of how we are nature, in constant exchange with the rest of nature.
All you need is cream, a jar and some energy.

Brussels Sprouts – packed full of goodies!

Okay, what wintery food connects us so specifically to a place like Brussels Sprouts? They aren't Amsterdam Sprouts or Manchester Sprouts or Dusseldorf Sprouts, no, no, they are Brussels Sprouts! Whilst the variety of veg that predates what we know as the...

Beginner’s Mind – Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts, by definition, connect you very specifically to the place and the micro climate from which they come. To advance you in your mindful eating practice, ponder these beginner's mind questions: What other foods that you eat, connect you to a...

A ritual and a recipe with Brussel’s sprouts

I find great joy in seasonal eating because, with intention, it gets me into flow with the environment that surrounds me. It makes me feel connected to place and how the light, the temperature and the behaviour of the life that surrounds me changes at...

Gingerbread – smell and learn

Does any food conjure up warm and cosy holiday feelings quite like gingerbread? It is one of those foods that without thinking, we are quite sensual about. We delight in the look of it, how has it been decorated, what shape is it? Sometimes it is humorous....

Beginner’s Mind – Gingerbread

Here's a good excuse to snuggle up in your favourite chair with a warm cup of tea and a plate of gingerbread cookies! As you know, we are working with gingerbread as our theme this week in our Story of Winter series, and it is time so find that beginner's...

The ritual of making gingerbread cookies

I have to admit, Christmas isn't Christmas for me without spending an afternoon making Gingerbread cookies. The entire house is filled with the scent of exotic spices. That reminds me how food connects me in my Copenhagen Kitchen with Danish Wheat and...

Celebrating Solstice

December is upon us and the month is chock a block with holidays. Different families, different cultures, different religions have different beliefs and different customs that are woven into celebrations, festivals and rituals. And those different customs...

Beginner’s Mind and Solstice

The word Solstice roughly translates into "The point at where the Sun stands still". Building up to this shortest day of the year, spend a little time with these Beginner's Mind questions to advance your nature relatedness practice: As winter arrives, how...

A modern Solstice ritual

I always, always take myself out for a walk on the evening of the Winter Solstice! There is change in the air on the longest night of the year. A cycle has been completed. In days of old, people worshiped the sun. The pace of their year, their rituals and...

Know more about your Christmas tree

The tradition of celebrations in the mid of winter predates the spread of Christianity through Europe by centuries. Learn a little more about why we bring an evergreen tree in to our homes in this video. No beginner's Mind questions or rituals to go with...

Ahhhh – Champagne!

As the New Year is upon us, I suspect that more than a few of us will be popping some champagne corks soon! Champagne is so wonderfully transportive and chock full of meaning that it makes my nature related heart burst. Why IS it that we associate...

Beginner’s Mind and Champagne

There are several quotes related to the bubbly gold that is Champagne.

Dom Pérignon (1638–1715) was a monk and a pioneer winemaker. He was the first to blend grapes to enhance their qualities and improve the outcome of the finished wines. He also perfected the art of capturing the elusive bubble in the wine.

Having a taste of one of his successful experiments, he called out to his fellow winemakers: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”

A New Year’s ritual

I have been doing this for the better part of the past decade at the suggestion of my beloved Auntie Lynn. Auntie is a guru in finding practical ways to tend to one´s spiritual life. Great gobs of what I have learned about being a resilient human, I have cultivated from her guidance.

A PRACTICE FOR SPRING

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