Sunday, June 30, 2013

Food for Thought: Quote for the Day

On one level, this is just a story about having a little extra cornmeal mush to go around...on another, it speaks of trust and thankfulness, and the gift of celebration.

"Sometime in September, if God grants health, good rains, and a successful harvest, the Senuto people of southwestern Burkina Faso celebrate the "seed corn meal."  At planting time and until harvest, they carefully save and protect a portion of their seed, their only insurance against crop failure.  But once the ears of corn are full on the stalk, they can make a meal of the seed corn....When it is time to eat, the women of the family share one common bowl and the men share another.  They dip hand-formed balls of mush into a sauce that may contain a bit of meat that everyone shares at the end of the meal.  'We have eaten the seed corn.  Barika! (Praise to God!) May God grant us another harvest next year!'"  ~~ Extending the Table: A World Community Cookbook, by Joetta Handrich Schlabach, 1991.  Submission by Mawa Coulbaly and Kathy Petersen, NDorola, Burkina Faso.

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