January 2011


This recipe was gleaned off a tin of milk powder in the early days of the Hare Krishna Movement in New York City.  Simply Wonderfuls have been a favourite ever since.  The Movement’s founder, Srila Prabhupada, once said, ‘Eat Simply Wonderfuls and go back to the wonderful world.’

Makes about 45 ‘Simplys’

1.  Mix 500g unsalted butter with 500g icing sugar (you may want less so it is not so sweet).  Add currants and about half a teaspoon of grated orange rind and mix all ingredients together.  (You can also add crushed almonds, dried fruit, colouring agents and flavourin essences).  A South American devotee once told me that they used avocado instead of butter for their Simply Wonderfuls.

2.  Mix in milk powder (not quite 500g, since you might need less) until pliable.  The finer the milk powder, the better.  If too dry, add more butter; if too wet, add more milk powder.

3.  Refrigerate for about 25 mins.  Or keep in a cool place.

4.  You can trickle carob over them.

5.  Make spiritual offering.

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Broccoli, Cauliflower and Potato

I learnt this one from one of my Hare Krishna gurus, Jyotir Mayi, who is currently the Temple President of ISKCON Cape Town, South Africa.

1.  Wash broccoli and cauliflower in warm water.  Cut into flowerets. Deep fry in boiling oil/ghee until a tender (but not too soft).  Deep fry the potatoes so that they are still a little hard (not fully fried).  Drain in a colander.

2.  Chaunce:  Mix equal parts of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg (‘sweet spices’) and add a little garam masala.  Make a spice paste.  Place a few tablespoons of oil in a saucepan and add the paste to the oil when it is hot.

3.  Add the vegetables to the chaunce and cook on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes.

The following is a commentary by Srila Prabhupada on the well-known ‘Bhagavad-gita’ verse, 5.29.   Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam/sarva-loka-mahesvaram/suhrdam sarva-bhutam/jnatva mam santim rcchati – ‘A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material existence’.

‘Krishna is the actual friend of all living entities.  But instead of leaving proprietorship, enjoyment and the actual position as the friend of all living entities to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we claim that we are the proprietors, the enjoyers and the friends.  We perform philanthropic work, thinking that we are the friends of human society.  Someone may proclaim himself to be a very good national worker, the best friend of the people and of the country, but actually he cannot be the greatest friend of everyone.  The only friend is Krishna.  One should try to raise the consciousness of the conditioned soul to the platform of understanding that Krishna is his actual friend.  If one makes friendship with Krishna, one will never be cheated, and he will get all the help needed.  Arousing this consciousness of the conditioned soul is the greatest service, not posing oneself as a great friend of another living entity.  The power of friendship is limited.  Although one claims to be a friend, he cannot be a friend unlimitedly.  There are an unlimited number of living entities, and our resources are limited; therefore, we cannot be of any real benefit to the people in general.  The best service to the people in general is to awaken them to Krishna consciousness so that they may know that the supreme enjoyer and the supreme friend is Krishna.  Then this illusory dream of lording it over material nature will vanish’

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – Srimad Bhagavatam 3.27.5 Purport

Here are some quotations relevant to this verse:

‘The Supreme Personality of Godhead is actually the enjoyer, and therefore if we begin our activities for His satisfaction, we will gradually lose taste for material activities’ – Srimad Bhagavatam 7.1.14 Purport

‘If a dog is swimming in the water and one wants to cross the ocean by taking hold of the dog’s tail, certainly he is foolish.  Similarly, the demigods cannot offer any real shelter to one who is in distress’ – Srimad Bhagavatam 7.4.21 Purport

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