The Art of Dwindling: Goddess Dressing

Here we go everyone. . . pre-Passover kitchen cleansing anticipation that begins to pulse in the coming weeks before Passover.

Before the kitchen cleansing kicks into higher gear however,  we are invited into another preparatory practice: The art of the dwindle.

Dwindling is the using up of staples and dry goods, as well as dialing down on items like that Costco 2 pack of Cheerios.

Growing up in my household, we’d actually just move most of our non-Passover food stash into the basement and cover it all up with blankets. Yet there is something this year in my own household that is mysteriously drawing me into the art of dwindling vs. the stash and hide approach.

Dwindling calls us to be creative, to dig through and pool together those ingredients that will be making a disappearing act next month. To merge staples with fresh flavor and use them up in delicious ways. To prepare before the preparing even begins.

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And the first Dwindle Recipe of the Pre-Passover season: Goddess Dressing.

Tangy, creamy, and a great salad or sweet potato topper, Goddess Dressing hits all the notes and offers that satiety to a veggie forward bowl. Better yet. the lettuce, radishes and asparagus that will soon be popping up at the farmer’s markets go great with this.

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Goddess Dressing
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup mayo or vegan mayo
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup water, divided
1 bunch cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon coconut aminos, liquid aminos or Tamari
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients with 2 tablespoons of the water
in a food processor until smooth. 
Scrape down the sides and blend again. 
Add more water for desired consistency. 
Will thicken overnight.  
 

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Bridging Time as an Awareness Practice

As I get older life gets faster and fuzzier. The practice of bridging time as a way to provide context and meaning to the in-between big life moments has felt very important to me. As  Mickie Simon and I chatted about in the creating space for joy Purple Honey conversation, it is often in the granular daily moments where we can connect to joy.

Bridging time is an awareness practice, and does not require a sitting, a meditation or even breath work (although all are great compliments!).

Jewish cycles have built in time connections that, when we tap into these, can feel grounding and help us move through life with a sense of anticipation and meaning. So,  I look to Jewish Time (moon practice, weekly practices, daily practices, blessings/transcending time, life cycles, etc.) to guide me on this journey.

 

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Most recently, I adopted the Practice of Bridging Time through reading Alan Lew’s book “This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared,” a journey through the lead up into the Jewish New Year. After three years of tapping into the wisdom of this guidebook, using its resources for soulful reflection (Cheshbon Hanefesh), and incrementally reflecting through the lead up into the New Year, that particular time of year has opened up into something new and fresh for me.

ALLLL of this to say. . .  as Passover is slowly approaching and will be quickly here (5 weeks away!) we have another opportunity to practice bridging time…this time through the act of the physical cleaning of our kitchen space and during Passover, the physical cleansing of our GI tracts.

It is also in this Passover lead up time that spring can be felt (although, let’s turn up the warmth by like 10 degrees please), it is lighter, daffodils are emerging and birds are singing.

So as we hold all of this, a Bridge of Time can be formed through our own actions.  In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting some Bridging Time Practices:

-Food and Recipes to dwindle what's in the fridge
-Physical Clearing Rituals to create space
-Body Ritual
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In the meantime, Happy Spring and

Be Well!

xoxo

Jodi