"Please, sir, can I have some more?" Remember that famous Dickensian line? Well, "mor" is the traditional Tamil name of this delicious summer probiotic that you can learn to make in this vlog. And your kids, including the grown-up ones, will be begging you for more:)
Fourth of July message below the video...
In the spirit of the Fourth of July and the celebration of summer, we offer you a healthy beverage that can soften the effects of heat. But, we also acknowledge the sadness of so many people worldwide, including here in America. People are facing extenuating circumstances, such as the fires and heatwaves on our west coast. And there are the grave discoveries of the genocide of indigenous people in Canada.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in N. America, the celebration of independence, we consider what is fundamental to the human spirit. Regardless of our nationality, we all want freedom and the ability to make choices, even if we make wrong choices and learn from our mistakes.
Cooking, too, is about freedom. We might learn from someone how to make a recipe, and the very first time we try it, we follow the instructions to a T. Once we've learned the recipe, we exercise our freedom. For example, we might choose to use a bit more salt or less chili to suit our taste.
In this way, cooking models life. We learn from others and then find a way to integrate that teaching into our lives. And each time we recreate the recipe, it is a bit different. This freedom, including the freedom to mess up, keeps us in the present moment and gives us that distinctive sense of being alive.
My husband, Russill, and I have made N. America our home. As American citizens, we celebrate the fourth of July, loving the fireworks, music, and the sense of community we share with our fellow Americans. We love that special feeling of being out in the open and knowing that democracy protects our rights and dignity.
No matter who we are, we all want to live freely, make choices, and get better at exercising our options.
Sometimes, we pay the price for the choices of others. For example, it is hard to know whose responsibility it is for the excessive heat and wildfires happening in California. And there is the tragic collapse of the building in Miami. In comparison, other similar events are happening around the world. Humans and other beautiful species are being affected, sometimes annihilated.
And so, while celebrating freedom and all the good vibes of this memorable fourth, combined with the sadness of so many difficult circumstances of people worldwide, including here in America, we share this recipe with you.
Enjoy it and share it with others.
Love - Asha
PS. This beverage recipe is from my upcoming 2nd book, which explores brain-body health, food politics, recipes and more...
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