Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Neglect, Abandonment & Shame

Despicable Me. I have neglected what's elemental. I love this blog but I have been so busy writing and working on other projects that I haven't given it the time deserved. I am going to do something about that in the next few weeks. Yep, you are right! Guest bloggers! I am asking a couple of my blogger friends to share what is elemental to them, and then we're going to share it right here! I am psyched about it. I hope it is inspiring, thought provoking and comment evoking.

Oh, and if you want to share what's elemental email me at buffisan (at) gmail dot com. No spam, just real life stuff. If it's verifiable blog worthy stuff, it will be right here in black and white.

What is elemental? Those are the issues, components, pieces of you, items, that make up the parts of your life, your world even - that are necessary. They are very necessary to complete the idiom that is you.

For me, an elemental component of my world is hot water cornbread. It seems like such a little thing, but if my mother or grandmother or even my granddad were not making hot water cornbread at certain elemental times in my life whole experiences would be shaped differently.

Now, when I make vegetable soup on a cold day like today with snow drifting in and my kids lying around watching their fave videos, I am pulling out the ingredients to hot water cornbread. Each piece is not just a piece - it is full of the history of my family and the men and women before them who made this simple concoction. It's Elemental.

Wanna try it?
2 cups cornmeal
1 1/2 cup boiling water
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
Oil for frying
Batter should be really thick.
Let the oil get hot and drop small pancake size batter balls in; brown on both sides and serve (with or without butter). Great with bean or vegetable soup or any meal.

So, I am looking forward to sharing with you and I hope you want to share with others!

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