Monday, February 1, 2016

Love to eat, eat to love

I absolutely LOVE to eat. Anything spicy, sweet, umami, salty, sour, maybe not always bitter, pretty much anything. Love to eat, eat to love, right? Food is our life source and food has life. Love is life, Life is love. Eat, Live, Love. Repeat.

I have a big flock of food in my backyard that I just love so much. My flock of ducks bring me so much joy and happiness, just to watch them waddle and splash around. When they beg for treats, I provide for them. In the dead of winter, I provide a bath for them. What a pleasure! They also provide me with delicious eggs and yes, a roast duck from culling. I recently learned how to render their fat! I respect and honor them by using every bit of "life" they can provide for me. I provide them with the best life I can give and in return I receive life.

Relaxing with my ducks this past summer.

Circle of life. Yes, I heard that mentioned in the Lion King. I get it, or so I thought. I heard the concept, I could understand it, but only to an extent. I was and am still not entirely aware of my circle of life and how I fit in, but now that I am trying to be a part of that circle, I am understanding much more. I  have been on a journey to understand and know my life source. To raise it, care for it, process it, and continue its circle of life. If I want to live to the fullest, what better way to understand life than to know your source of it? What gives me life? What gives you life?

Bones from stock drying to become bone meal for my garden, finished stock ready to be canned,
rendering fat in the small pot.

I once read Wendell Berry's poetic essay about the pleasures of eating. Beautifully written about what we can do. I highly recommend reading it if you haven't already. It is a very short 4 page essay with some pictures, so not really 4 pages.

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