Light Lemon Berry Cheesecake from Self Magazine
Good, Bad, Who Knows?
I typically like fruit on the side and not mixed in with savory main ingredients. This is why our Trio lunch menus can require a bit of thought. It is a kind soul who will deconstruct something so that her meal mates can choose to eat the offering with or without fruit. And I’ve noticed a lot more fruit popping up in recipes for main dishes.
Someone call the kitchen police!
As a running dialogue took place in my head about whether to pit or not to pit the cherries for the salad, an ancient Taoist parable popped into my mind:
An old Chinese farmer lost his best stallion one day and his neighbor came around to express his regrets, but the farmer just said, "Who knows what is good and what is bad."
The next day the stallion returned bringing with him 3 wild mares. The neighbor rushed back to celebrate with the farmer, but the old farmer simply said, "Who knows what is good and what is bad."
The following day, the farmer's son fell from one of the wild mares while trying to break her in and broke his arm and injured his leg. The neighbor came by to check on the son and give his condolences, but the old farmer just said, "Who knows what is good and what is bad."
The next day the army came to the farm to conscript the farmer's son for the war, but found him invalid and left him with his father. The neighbor thought to himself, "Who knows what is good and what is bad."
As things come up in life, we immediately label them GOOD or BAD. I like this parable because it reminds me that one never knows the impact of a simple event as it is happening or even as we anticipate it happening. It just IS.
Instead of trying to create my own version of the salad, I decided to try the recipe as it was intended, cherries and all.
You know what?
I liked the flavor that all the ingredients brought to the meal – even those delicious cherries.
For once, I didn’t even try to pick them out.
Light & Peace, The Busy Buddha