We’ve got cookies! While researching nuns in the news I somehow ran across Saint Hildegard’s Nerve Cookie Recipe via the blog for the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville, Virginia. The author of the blog is Johnclem Under who found the recipe via the blog for Catholic Cuisine. Now I don’t know about you, but I could eat cookies all the time. I know, I know, everything in moderation. BUT these are cookies have health benefits!
According to Under, Saint Hildegard of Bingen wrote a cookbook that included this recipe. As Abbess of her Benedictine community, she was also a scientist and healer who believed in a balanced diet and studied “medicinal uses of plants, animals, and trees.”
This recipe comes from one of her writings on medicine. Of the cookies she says, “eat them often and they will calm bitterness of heart and mind – and your hearing and senses will open. Your mind will be joyous, and your senses purified, and harmful humours will diminish.” She recommends eating them 3-5 times a day.
Ok, so the real recipe is called Saint Hildegard’s Spice Cookies or Hildegardplätzchen. I much prefer the Nerve Cookie name. Eating cookies to calm your nerves? Now that is something I can get behind! I say bake a batch of these cookies, grab a big glass of cold milk, and bottoms up!
What foods bring you a sense of spiritual comfort? What are the ways that you bring calmness to your nerves?