As I often share, I’m a big fan of food. I love eating. It’s one of life’s simplest pleasures, but the way people approach it is so vastly different. I’m not intending to get at all preachy here, but as part of my focus on slowing down this week, I wanted to share how I appreciate and enjoy eating.
The first and probably most important thing for me is cooking. I love it. I don’t want to have someone bring me my food every time because engaging with the ingredients and the process makes me appreciate what I eat so much more. There is incredible sensuality in watching the food change, in enjoying the development of the aromas, in feeling the heat… The sense of creativity, of accomplishment and of enjoyment that I get from trying and developing new recipes is the perfect way to take this slowed down approach to food and really get well-rounded pleasure in this tremendously important part of life.
On the other hand, sometimes it is nice to splurge and to go out. Part of why it’s great to cook at home is that it enables you to use the money that you would have used on lots of little throw-away meals here and there to enjoy a really good meal. I take the time to research new restaurants, to find intriguing cuisines and to build up anticipation of a really amazing experience. When I’m at the restaurant, I don’t hold back. I order what I want and take the time to enjoy my courses thoroughly. A long dining experience is beautiful and helps you to take everything in. Even the service… If you’re open and not rushed, you can truly enjoy the value of someone doing the work for you who really takes pride in what they do.
Last, just the literal experience of eating is taken slow. I take the time to chew my food a few times before swallowing. I can really explore the flavours and textures when I do this. Sure, when I’m really hungry, I tend to go a bit faster, but I know that this isn’t ideal for really enjoying my food. As much as possible, this slower approach will keep from over-eating, indigestion and will just make you happier. Take it slow!
Food is a pleasure. It’s sensual, almost sexual… And that’s what I’ll be bridging towards tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d love to know how you eat. Do you ever take the time to slow down? Do you cook your own food? Are you passionate about fine dining? And what’s your favourite kind of food to eat?