Victoria, the Ecstatic Chickpea, is our retreat chef, herbalist enthusiast, kitchen guardian and gardener. Her cooking is a simple, straightforward approach to health from the inside out with a strong belief that the thoughtfulness and love she injects into her foods will be absorbed by your body and nourish your spirit. She likes to cook what is seasonal, grows wild and loves to follow the trail of where her mood takes her.

At Terra Sangha she transforms the produce from the garden as well as the wild goodies from the land into colourful, fresh, wholesome meals and remedies. You can find some of her delectable delights in our shop. Her fermented beverages, funky pestos, infused oils and spicey jams are really popular with our guests. Vicky is happy to talk you through them all!

Rumi  -  Chickpea to Cook

A chickpea leaps almost over the rim of the pot
where it’s being boiled.

‘Why are you doing this to me?’

The cook knocks him down with the ladle.

‘Don’t you try to jump out.
You think I’m torturing you.  I’m giving you flavor,
so you can mix with spices and rice
and be the lovely vitality of a human being.

Remember when you drank rain in the garden.
That was for this.’

Grace first. Sexual pleasure,
then a boiling new life begins,
and the Friend has something good to eat.

 

Eventually the chickpea will say to the cook,
‘Boil me some more.
Hit me with the skimming spoon.
I can’t do this by myself.

I’m like an elephant that dreams of gardens
back in Hindustan and doesn’t pay attention
to his driver. You’re my cook, my driver,
my way into existence. I love your cooking.’

 

The cook says,
‘I was once like you,
fresh from the ground. Then I boiled in time,
and boiled in the body, two fierce boilings.

My animal soul grew powerful.
I controlled it with practices,
and boiled some more, and boiled
once beyond that,
and became your teacher.’