A friend, an indefatigable defender of human rights and environmental causes, writes to me and asks what to eat in troubled times. I reply,
You should eat the foods of the people from around the world who now need your strength of resistance.
Rice and beans, collard greens
Tzimmes, hummus, dahl
Fatteh, dolma, kibbeh
Chicken soup with tortilla or matzoh ball.
Figs, plantains, chiles, dates, Guacamole, and holy mole, Spooned upon the plates.
Of course, some xocolati
I mean chocolate, dark
Lots of tea, a handful of nuts
All strengthening for the heart.
And, don’t forget the grits. You will need them for the soul.
Please click on the links in the captions of each food photo. These will lead you to the amazing food blogs of three incredible women who are not only very talented cooks with fascinating (and mouth-watering) recipes, but also writers, photographers, educators and cultivators of cultural cuisines and relationships. Also, explore some of the other foods mentioned here if you are not familiar with them. This will take you to both far off lands and perhaps kitchens right in your own neighborhood!
Stay strong. Say hi.
In health, Elyn
The world’s spinning madly, it drifts in the dark, Swings through a hollow of haze A race around the stars, a journey through the universe, ablaze with changes. by Phil (Ochs)