Food Philosophy

My food philosophy is actually quite simple. The closer to the way God made what we eat and the less tampered with by human hands; the better it is for us. Another way of looking at that is, the less processed our food the better! I don’t bang a drum for any particular way of eating though my diet is definitely plant based. I will include recipes across all disciplines as my youngest daughter is a confirmed carnivore and my husband though happy to go along with my vegetarian tendencies most of the time, enjoys meat from time to time as do my older daughters.


I won’t pretend that this way of eating is simpler or less time consuming. By virtue of the food being fresh, it means you have to shop for it more often as you won’t be consuming all those horrid unpronounceable chemicals that make processed food stay fresh and obscenely coloured. Unprocessed food clearly tells you when not to eat it.

Someone once said, and I don’t know who it was, that if you can’t pronounce the words that are in the ingredients list on a food product, or in fact have no idea what it is, don’t eat it! Which brings up a very good question; is it a good idea to consume something if you do not know what has gone into the making of it? I’m thinking now of some sausages, ready meals and the like. The news is always peppered with stories of food scandals.

Fresh, locally grown turmeric

Fresh, locally grown turmeric

I was standing at a stall at a local farmers market a few months ago discussing the many uses of turmeric with the lady who was selling it, when a dramatic looking rasta man joined the conversation. He turned out to be very well travelled and knowledgeable about natural remedies and something he said has given me much food for thought. What he said was “when we eat food which has been imported from afar, we are eating the illnesses from that country” I’m not sure I would go that far, and I don’t, but he is in fact a proponent for trying to be a locavore. That is, eat what is being grown or produced where you live, when it is bearing. It also implies that you will eat seasonally.

Eating the Sun Temple Food way will make you more food aware, give you energy, brighten your eyes and generally make you healthier. It is not a diet or restrictive but quite the opposite. I love what I eat and get excited when I discover something new or a fresh way to prepare an old favourite.


  • Reply
    Pat Hackshaw
    March 12, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Totally agree with your comments here Germaine and those of the Rasta Man. I try my best to only eat fresh food that is locally grown and so far am not doing so badly. It’s not that hard. Like you i eat mainly veg and cannot wait to try out some of your amazing and delicious looking recipes. Tonight we start with the okra, dry fried ones.
    This actually looks like the best West Indian “cook book I have seen, so carry on, it is fantastic !

    • Reply
      March 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks so much Pat. I am thrilled that you are enjoying the Sun Temple journey. Please keep me giving me feedback. I love to have it.

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