Something to think about…
As a child, I grew up being told many fairy tales both from my own culture, and foreign. Greek Mythology was and still is my favorite story pool and a constant source of amazing knowledge and gratification.
One of the fairy tales I loved dearly was Jack and the Beanstalk. As a kid, I was in awe of Jack’s adventure with the Giant and it was exciting to me because the story stimulated my fantasy.
Now, researching for my second book, and learning how nutritionally important beans are, I found the fact that Jack exchanged his Cow (meat and milk; both bad for human consumption) for a handful of beans very interesting! I just can’t stop thinking maybe one of the reasons that made me become a plant-based eater was the fact that subconsciously through this fairy tale and others I heard and learned as kid that beans and generally plants are better than meat and milk as represented in the fairy tale.
Like all stories, they have hidden messages and meanings, some stories are timeless and people depending on their current emotional state will recognize and accept different messages and meanings.
My theory about Jack and the beanstalk was written by a person or it’s an accumulation of different stories from various individuals who knew that beans are healthier than meat and milk (cow) and symbolized it in the exchange of the cow for the beans in the story.
Something to keep in mind next time you read Jack and the Beanstalk to your kid or watch a movie with the same theme (smile). I for one will make sure to read this story to my kids and also make sure they watch the movie, why not (wink).
Beans and Greeks…
Beans, for us Greeks hold a central theme in our eating habits. Especially a dish called Fasolada, a dish made out of white beans. This dish is so famous in Greece that you can easily identify it with Greek culture.
During the Nazi occupation of Greece from the 27th of April 1941 and for the next 42 months, a small dish of fasolada was for many of my fellow compatriots a life or death deal. That’s why I am going to start the recipes with Fasolada and I am going to describe it as I used to and still eat it today, which is how my mother makes it and how I learned it from her and I hope one day I can teach this recipe to my kids.