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Cooking for Freedom

Maria Felices (CL)

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What is freedom for you? For many, freedom is just a matter of doing “Whatever we want”. So we go around thinking that we are free; But blackmail starts from within as we get to cover our needs, We decide to study, to get a job so we can “Pay the bills”, but at the end of the day we give up our time for money. Now with that money we think that we can buy “Whatever we want” but now we don’t have our time, so rush into the supermarket to get our food, as it will be easier to get it from there, now big corporations also control what we eat. But the decisions that we make are given by the possibilities of our contexts, and for years we have the illusion of choice.
But what to do, can you live without a supermarket?
And at this crucial point, we need to step back, and look to the ground, to unlearn what we know and go back to grow our own food and one the most important things; To make it taste good.
Cooking for freedom comes from the experience of the pandemic and our farm, trying to live without buying from the supermarket, and the reflections that come with it.
It comes from the ability to adapt your diet, paying attention to your surroundings, and move forward with a different mindset. Join us in this open workshop with Maria Felices, a healthy cooking expert from Chile/Ecuador to chat about how to change our lives starting from food.


Recipe 1: Fermented Quinoa Crepes – 1 cup of quinoa – 1 cup of water – 1 glass jar of 1 lt. – Piece of fabric or cloth napkin

Recipe 2: Lactofermented Topinambur – 1,5 cups of peeled and sliced topinambur (Jerusalem artichoke) – 2 cloves of garlic – One piece of peeled ginger (3 cms aprox.) – 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes (optional) – 1 teaspoon of sea salt or himalayan salt – Airtight Jar 500 ml. aprox.

Recipe 3: Fermented Soft drink – 1/2 cup of chopped apple (with skin) – 1/4 cup of raisins – 1 or 2 Tablespoons of grated ginger (with skin) – 1 Tablespoon of honey – Apices to taste – Airtight jar 1 lt. – pure water to fill the jar

Recipe 4: Peanut Butter Dressing – 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter (homemade preferably ) – 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar – 1 Tablespoon tamari (gluten free soy sauce) – 1 Tablespoon honey – 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice – 1/2 Tablespoon peeled grated ginger – 1 pureed garlic clove – Sea salt to taste – Black pepper to taste – Chili flakes (optional)


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Maria Felices: In 2013, after she recovered from serious ovarian illness, Maria Jose AKA Maria Felices, proposed to challenge herself and start claiming the benefits of her own body, emotions and healthy way of living. The change in habits comes with a change of conscience as well.
This whole process, I transformed her ways, showing her that happiness has a direct relationship with what we eat.
Maria’s blog starts giving lessons on nutritional reeducation and live food. Showing her own process to others and documenting her own personal evolution, little by little has transformed her into a very fine re-educator as well.
She was incorporating and applying the new concepts and learning in my daily life, testing, mixing, creating and playing in my kitchen. Soon enough, it has started to build conscious food and live food workshops to expand people consciousness as part of our universal legacy.
Her intention is to help all those who open doors for me to change their eating habits, to nourish their bodies naturally, to nourish their thoughts and emotions. To contribute to a more conscious and happy society.


Artist: Maria Felices (CL)
Curators: Fabian Andrade, Enrique Rivera (CL)
Production: Josefina Lagos (CL)
Original Idea: Ignacia Paredes (CL)
Production Assistant: Veronica Araya (CL)