Shabbat is the time to rest and separate oneself from the worldly world and refocus our energies, thoughts, and hearts towards the Creator. I like to begin my meditation by cooking the shabbat meal. When I am working I do not have much time to labor in the kitchen; however, this Friday I and most of Japan had the day off for the emperor’s birthday. I decided to cook up a feast for dinner.
My friend had brought in a spice box that his family had sent him from the Boston area. It smelled so fresh, strongly scented with sage and oregano. The product is called Bell’s Seasoning, and it came in a box that the design probably hasn’t changed for 60 years. After smelling these herbs I had an urge to make stuffing from scratch. This was one of the the components of my meal. I also roasted up some chicken with a red wine and pomegranate reduction sauce, with some garlic potatoes and turnips.
I wanted to welcome the shabbat the best way I could by creating and beginning my meditations with the food to be eaten slowly and enjoyed with my family.
I have begun to become interested in the still life genre, mainly because of my friend E. John Walford’s images. His still-lifes has stirred in me a desire to return to s classic genre style as a further exploration on my photography. This one is not still, it is FULL of life.
May you all have a peaceful and restful day.