This week, I participated in @darlaantoine
’s 9-Day challenge, #CeremonyOfFood
, and today is Day 8, the actual ceremony! We’ve been learning about how to connect more with our ancestors, what foods our ancestors ate or might have eaten, and preparing for the ceremonial meal. I made my mom’s tuna casserole. My mom is from the Midwest (Iowa), and cooked a lot of Midwestern food when I was a child even though I grew up in Colorado. I don’t imagine it’s what my well ancestors ate, but I decided to go with comfort as we learned about comfort too this week. For dessert, I cut up some fresh melon from the local farmer’s market. This represents my dad’s side of the family. My dad’s parents and grandparents ate a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, and grew their own! My grandpa’s parents & grandparents were Mennonites (Mennonites are from Switzerland), which is similar to Amish, and they cooked a lot! My great grandparents often volunteered at Mennonite camps cooking for everyone at the camp (maybe that’s partly why I love getting creative in the kitchen so much). ❤️
This is the first casserole I’ve ever made, and I had to make it MY way cause that’s how I am. I made it nondairy with vegan cream & vegan cheese (though it’s obviously not all vegan with the tuna & egg noodles), and it tasted very similar to my mom’s. Making this meal instantly brought me back to my childhood and had me feeling gratitude for my mom. Mom always put food on the table. It’s women, globally, that have tended to feed us. We owe our lives to women. May we always honor women. The world would not go round without us.
P. S. I had an incredible ancestral healing last weekend with @darlaantoine
, and I do believe that ancestral healing is an essential part of social change. Treat yourself to a session with Darla & make this a part of your activism. She offers some sliding scale sessions for those who need it. May we all heal ❤️