Found these rubies lying on the floor, all buggy and exposed. Like someones heart ripped open but all ready for love, or a treasure chest that fell from a passing ship and all the rubies got smashed except a few.
It's a fundamental shift that we have to make, the way that we consume food and access food and thus our limitations, what we consider clean, what we consider healthy, how we deal with hunger, how we treat hunger. It's a very interesting perspective because now I'm in this situation with this pomegranate that had bust open while it was still up there then fell off, splatted on the ground below, exposing its ruby underclothes for all the world to see, sexy af. And being pomegranates, their jewels are very protected, tightly packed and sheathed... Now I've done this a few times, where you see an abandoned pomegranate and pick it up and eat it and inevitably you'll find pieces that are completely cool to eat. Just manoeuvre round the insect crew eating over there, or that funky unidentifiableness but looks completely like a natural process. Yet we consider this dirty to eat, this street food. So many people are accessing food out of bins, even children, this is not ok, and also it is incredible what our bodies handle huh. This pomegranate man, like if I'm thirsty in the city and I don't have water, and I don't have money and I'm in a rush and I go by a fallen pomegranate, I'll be damn sure to pick it up and quench my thirst with its superpower mastery, quench my thirst until I get to the place I need to go, whaddya know! And whaddya gonna do about it...
Guarantee that if I die tomorrow, it was not because of this pomegranate.
A Recipe Ode to Street Food
Take off dem pantyhose and feel the wind blow through those leg hairs, ladies.
- Pomegranates off any of the trees and bushes that are growing all around this city, they grow without cultivation, the more open and interacting with the outside world, the better. They get sold in stores for a gazillion monies but really, you can get em for free.
- Honey from that wild honey hive thats nestled there in the old Oak, about a tablespoon.
- Spring water from the mountains all around.
- Any spices or flavours you find within short walking distance. It's Cape Town you'll find something.
-Break open the pomegranate a bit more and spend a good five to ten minutes really looking at it. Look at the colours, which look healthy and glorious and which look like the lights are going out? Look at all the parts that are moving, which are insects, which are baby insects, what is just the wind doing what the wind does? You won't find any hammerpede Prometheus worms here, all these crawlies are all living things that have been living without your squirming for long times, calm down and look.
-Break away the healthy, fully flavoured rubies and set aside. The rubies that have begun to ferment or decompose will have their flavour compromised and you should leave the rest as food for all your new friends in the pomegranate anyways.
-Put these + your other spice or flavour, whether its num nums or fennel or sage, + your honey into a jar and fill with the spring water.
-Seal the jar with its lid and shake the fuck outta it. Shake shale shake shake. You're engaging the water and fruit and honey and all the wild yeasts that cover the fruit and honey. Shake shake shake.
-Put it up in the pantry with a cloth and elastic or string so its covered but able to breathe. First day you can even leave it in the sun.
-Leave for a few days, 3 to 7, maybe longer depending how sour you like it.
-Cap it really tightly with its lid or bottle and keep cool. It'll fizzzzzz and ladies and gents, you made your own street soda! Won the whole damn day. Didn't die.