Top subscribe filter_none issues my account search apps login google-plus facebook instagram twitter pinterest youtube lock

What I Learned from My Mother

Eat
brownie

Chocolate, roses, and a poem for Mother's Day

What I Learned From My Mother 

by Julia Kasdorf 

I learned from my mother how to love
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand
in case you have to rush to the hospital
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants
still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars
large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole
grieving household, to cube home-canned pears
and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins
and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point.
I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t know
the deceased, to press the moist hands
of the living, to look in their eyes and offer
sympathy, as though I understood loss even then.
I learned that whatever we say means nothing,
what anyone will remember is that we came.
I learned to believe I had the power to ease
awful pains materially like an angel.
Like a doctor, I learned to create 
from another’s suffering my own usefulness, and once
you know how to do this, you can never refuse.
To every house you enter, you must offer
healing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself,
the blessing of your voice, your chaste touch. 


Raw & Rosy Chocolate Brownies

Makes about a dozen 

I offer these brownies for Mother’s Day, from my heart (and kitchen) to yours. Integrating the central principle of the six tastes of Ayurveda, they create a poetry of flavor, nourishment and beauty. Walnuts lay the foundation with their sweet taste, loving your mama with healthy fats that nourish the brain and cushion the joints. Because sweets are heavy, cinnamon* and cardamom* are infused to help digestion. Rose is astringent, cacao is pungent and bitter. All that’s missing is the sour taste, but a  dollop of creme fraiche or coconut yogurt will remedy that in a sumptuous second. 

Above all, these rosy chocolate brownies are nurturing and beautiful like Mom, sweet like her love, simple and quick to make - leaving us free to enjoy our time together, unconstrained by cooking complexities. 

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 8)
1/2 cup raw cacao
1 teaspoon rose water
pinch pink salt
a few good shakes of cinnamon1 shake cardamom 
1 handful rose petals (dried or fresh)

Optional: 1 tablespoon cacao nibs 

Method 

Using an electric blender, grind your walnuts to a crumble. Add the dates one at a time, blending well before adding the next. One at a time, mix in the cacao, then the rose water, then the salt and spices. 

The mixture should be moist. If you pick it up between two fingers and it easily fallsapart, add another bit of rose water. Be careful of two things: you don’t want to over-water and you don’t want to over-blend, or it can become more fudge than brownie. 

Pour the mixture into a small baking tray. Spread it out evenly, pressing down with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Press evenly and firmly so the brownie will set. Optionally, you can press cacao nibs gently into the top. 

Finish with a dusting of cinnamon, and sprinkle with rose petals. 


To every extraordinary mother, thank you for the fierce power and delicate tending of your unflinching devotion. Your love makes the world go round. 

Happy Mother’s Day! 

* Read about cinnamon’s loving medicine here.
* Read about cardamom’s loving medicine here.


Laura Plumb

Laura Plumb is a practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga and Jyotish. She is the writer of the book, Ayurvedic Cooking for Beginners, and the writer and host of the international 58-part TV series VedaCleanse, with recipes and daily practices for seasonal wellness. She is also the writer and host of the 12-part series Divine Yoga. Laura leads trainings and retreats internationally, and offers online seasonal cleanses and courses. You can learn more about her at LauraPlumb.com and get more Ayurvedically inspired recipes on her blog: Food-ALoveStory.com.

Learn with Laura! 

Register now for Laura's new online course, Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking, complete with videos, quizzes, and informative PDFs with beautiful photographs.

SIGN UP FOR THE COURSE


This entry is tagged with:
AyurvedaRecipeMother's Day

Enlightening, Empowering, Innovative, Inspiring… Don’t Miss a Word!

Become a subscriber, or find us at your local bookstore, newsstand, or grocer.

Find us on instagram @SpiritHealthMag

Instagram @SpiritHealthMag


1 (844) 375-3755
2018 Spirituality & Health MEDIA, LLC

Quotes to Push Your Boundaries

A free collection of some of our most inspiring quotes to courageously bring you to the edge and beyond.

"I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted."

- Jack Kerouac