Cooking is an art. I absolutely love it. Even when I am making a easy vegan recipe and trying out a new salad combination or simple pasta with tomato sauce for my boys or spend time on a new recipe. I just love cooking. I taste with my mouth and put my heart in every dish. Always looking for the balance in flavours.
Recently I have been looking into Ayurveda-this endless ocean of knowledge. Ayurveda identifies 6 Tastes by which all foods can be categorized: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent, and Astringent. While the first four tastes are probably recognizable, the last two may not seem familiar. Pungent taste is hot and spicy as found in a chili pepper, while Astringent taste is dry and light as found in beetroot ,apples and so on.
|Taste||Primary Actions||Common Sources|
Builds tissues, calms nerves
Fruit, grains, natural sugars
Cleanses tissues, increases absorption of minerals
Sour fruits, fermented foods
Improves taste to food, lubricates tissues, stimulates digestion
Natural salts, sea vegetables
Detoxifies and lightens tissues
Dark leafy greens, herbs and spices
Stimulates digestion and metabolism
Chili peppers, garlic, herbs and spices
Absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats
Legumes, raw fruits and vegetables, herbs
Your body naturally desires all of those taste and all you have to do is simply follow your natural instincts.When I am cooking a meal I love to experiment and make it better ,that the last time :-). Then I enjoy the whole process of preparation and cooking. Today I made a very simple and very easy vegan recipe. It does have all the 6 tastes, which makes it perfect.
Tomato bites with beetroot and olive tapenade
Here is what you need:
2 ripe peeled and finely chopped tomatoes
2 medium size onions-finely chopped
150 gr of flower
fresh mint (or dried )
salt and pepper
For the tapenade
some olive oil
It takes approx. 30 minutes and those measurement make about 12 table spoon size bites.
In a bowl mix the peeled and finely chopped tomatoes and onions with the flour , salt pepper and mint.
Mix it well with your hands and then use 2 spoons to form the bites as you transfer them fro one spoon to another. Preheat the oil and fry them on moderate heat until golden brown.
Place them on a paper towel and make the tapenade. In the food processor mix 2/3 beetroot and 1/3 olives -if possible black or Kalamata olives, as they have the stronger flavour and saltiness, that the tomato bites require. Mix with a bit of olive oil.
Then serve the tomato bites with some green leaves .Enjoy !
You “eat” first with your eyes, then you sense of smell. Once you eat it the whole celebration starts in your mouth and the digestion is on with a head start. Then you just have to enjoy every bite of it.
When you are in a mood for cooking you create beautiful and delicious foods.
Sending Blessings and Love
P.S This is day 69 of Word press Challenge to make a post every day. There are 161 days left of 2012.