Amuse Bouche - Meditation for the "The Table"
[The platters of dips are placed down the table along with baskets of bread]
Time to wake up your taste buds and reflect on the past few months.
Asian cooking works around five major tastes:
The perfect meal consists of a blend of all five – without one that essential something is missing.
Take some time to read the quotations.
Take some bread and taste each of the flavours in turn:
- Sweet – honeyed cheese dip
- Sour - lemons
- Salt – crisps
- Hot – chilli hummus
- Bitter - rocket
Reflect on the events of the past few months that each flavour brings to mind.
You might want to share your thoughts with your neighbours around the bowl.
[Copies of the verses and instructions were scattered along the table]
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Think of the good times of the past few months.
Whoever eats sour grapes—his own teeth will be set on edge.
Reflect on those times when something has not turned out as well as you had hoped.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
Remember a time when you made a difference however big or small
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
Remember those things you are enthusiastic about
That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
Remember times of sadness