week 2

week two in plant lab was a week of unravelling the mysteries of fermentation..kombucha,ginger bug,kimchi,cheese! We learned how to make the most amazing dumplings..and making our first ice cream in the paco jet, while transforming the plant lab into an art lab drawing like Jackson Pollock on a canvas made out of coconut!the week ended with a walk to the local farm market and a preparation of the most simple yet highly refined salad..a zen exercise..

cheese making

cheese making


cheeses

cheeses

Kimchi

Kimchi

kombucha

kombucha

scobi himself!

scobi himself!

chef Rachael plating

chef Rachael plating

foam making

foam making

magic..

magic..

My dumplings!

My dumplings!

Pollock's free style..

Pollock's free style..

J.Pollocks raviolli 

J.Pollocks raviolli 

My ravioli

My ravioli

Inspiration from Greece..mastic ice cream with rose syrup pistachios and rose salt..made this together with lovely Stephanie!!

Inspiration from Greece..mastic ice cream with rose syrup pistachios and rose salt..made this together with lovely Stephanie!!

rose salt..the inspiration came from my dad's rose garden near the sea..

rose salt..the inspiration came from my dad's rose garden near the sea..

zen in our everyday gestures

zen in our everyday gestures


Matthew Kenney academy in Maine

So this.. as everything..is a journey…

I am in Maine USA  attending the Matthew Kenney highly advanced culinary academy.

I will be doing level 1 and level 2  in the course of really intensive six weeks training!

I studied photography and then got into the National School of Dramatic Arts.

Trying to get a deeper understanding of my instrument ..this body  and  the expression of the soul through it ..I began searching..

Theatre and dance led me to Tai chi  and then came basic chinese and Ancient Greek medicine  which I studied in the course of three years together with herbs which led to nutrition.Ann Wingmore work together with the works of Ippocrates ..began making sprouts and experimenting with cleanses ..”let thy food be thy medicine”

the power that derives from taking on the responsibility of thy self..

All this with the goal to understand..not to become a know it all person..not at all..but I had to understand who we are as human beings  and get in touch with the miracle inside of us..

I continued working as an artist both in the silent and meditative field of photography and  in the full of action and magic world of Logos in Theatre

My  search took me to Denmark and then Japan to study butoh under the great Kazuo Ohno..

Sensei Ohno taught me delicacy..

And this was a great shift …that still lights the way ..

We all grow up in a society that expects us to succeed in all our efforts and during this effort we can become so cruel with our selfs.

And the Self  will talk back ..and then we will become more cruel by not listening..

so this delicacy is part of the reason I am here..

I have been passionate about food all my life . 

And it is those small everyday gestures that when refined into the level of artistry they become everyday sacred rituals

A hymn to life and this existence..

M.


Ambrosing

Ambrosing..the effort one makes to find the elixirs and wonders the refinement and poetry in the everyday life..

Adventures in the culinary space,experimenting on flavors,aromas,techniques and qualities of a world full of mystery but always with a mind focused on conscious consuming.Conscious based on intuition and not on dogmas.Dogmatic ideologies have a static energy that in my humble opinion misses the flow of nature..

Though the choices we have to nourish and care about our selfs are nowdays so many..

homemade and handmade ointments,beauty oils and little habits that can become sacred rituals of pure bliss.

And then its my love for styling and photographing still life.There is something so peaceful in that, that makes my heart breath deeply..

This is a blog of the little joys that act as an offer of gratitude for the beauty we all experience everyday..

Enjoy,

Marita