Over the summer I admired the hydrangeas, specifically the pink ones, which are rare and not too common. Many people don't realize that the color that is give to the hydrangea flower comes from the Ph in the soil.
While admiring many dresses at an estate sale (mind you this woman's house was chocked full of old dresses), this folk dress caught my eye and my attention. The exact origins is unknown, but most likely a mid-century dress that comes from a Latin or South American country.
The hand embroidery work is amazing and the dress inspired me to think of a more native recipe. Corn was a significant food that nourished countless native tribes throughout the Americas. Still to this day, scientists do not know how corn was created, but the natives believe there is spiritual significance of the creation of corn.
The natives were wise, earth people. They gave praise and thanks to the earth, but understood agriculture on a deeper level. The natives had a planting technique where they would grow corn, beans and squash crops close to each other.
The corn stalk provided the beans a structure to climb up, the bean stalks gave nitrogen to the soil, and the squash grew and spread along the ground to prevent weeds from growing. Together, growing in harmony, these three crops were known as The Three Sisters.
Three sisters is not only hearty and nutritious, but provides a foundation in basic understanding of the wisdom of the earth. Together, I hope this meal brings warmth and hearth into your home. I adapted the Simply Recipes casserole slightly.
"My brother the star, my mother the earth. My father the sun, my sister the moon...to my life give beauty, to my body give strength, to my corn give goodness, to my house give peace, to my spirit give truth, to my elders give wisdom."
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com