Have you found your purpose? It is such a loaded question. There is no doubt that you either think about the essence of your purpose on a consistent basis, consciously and subconsciously. The one thing to keep in mind is that your purpose in life, and the elements of purpose that you bring to your community, is all you need to figure out. Once you have it down, share that positive force with those around you. For many of us, our purpose seems to find itself cultivated through food and cooking. The reason why purpose is the theme of this post is because Kwanzaa Culinarians is back. Click here to visit the site and read a post about Nia, or purpose, as it relates to Kwanzaa and a fantastic recipe for Pumpkin Ricotta Hand Pies with Molasses Glaze.
You may have seen many tweets and Facebook posts about Kwanzaa Culinarians. For those celebrating, Kwanzaa began on December 26th, and it will end on the first day of the New Year. Kwanzaa Culinarians’ is comprised of a group of food bloggers, authors, chefs and business owners who are shedding light on the principles of the holiday and how they relate to community at large. Of course, for us, food finds itself at the root of many of the principles. For every day of Kwanzaa, you can read four different bloggers’ views on and experiences with the principle. Today, you can check out the meaning of Ujima, or collective work and responsibility. No doubt you are very much aware of the ways in which collective work and responsibility helps to bring awareness and change, and that has never been more evident than in the food world. Check out a Massaged Kale Salad recipe, and find out how Ujima has made itself known in one neighborhood of Los Angeles with the Social Justice Learning Institute.
The connection may not be clear right away, but it is there. Yes, baking with olive oil and one of Kwanzaa’s seven principles are in line. It has to do with making steady steps of purpose that make changes in our lives and the lives of those in our larger communities. We are all so very connected by food, so of course, it makes sense that we use our talents and abilities in that sector of our lives to benefit ourselves and those we love. Today, this means swapping out butter with olive oil in a cookie recipe. On a larger scale, it is about the significant health benefits of small changes we make with our favorite and usually traditional foods. If you have yet to hear about Kwanzaa Culinarians, we invite you to take a look at the month long educational, informational and food-filled celebration organized by several bloggers, writers, chefs and business owners in the food industry. On the site, you will find the recipe for the Olive Oil, Almond and Lemon Cookies above, which feature California Olive Ranch‘s Limited Reserve olive oil. You will also find out more about this month’s Kwanzaa project.