12 February 2012
If music be the food of love play on … if music be the love of food, game on … if food be the driving force of all else, then I’m a very happy girl …
Food drives our physical life, it fuels this temporal body and is one of the longest, most enduring loves of my life …
You see it all starting with a tiny baby, curling its toes with pleasure at milk time and then moving on to the natural strangeness of solids.
It is a fundamental love and though YOU may eat to live, I most definitely live to eat and I LOVE to eat. So call me a gourmet, call me a foodie or call me a greedy hog … that is how it goes with me.
There is the pleasure of preparation … first the shopping – the choosing, the selection, the lingering dreamings of meals to come. Then gathering everything together for the feast: assembling, fettling, chopping and stirring the raw elements into a new, delicious entity. Testing, tasting, tempting yourself with what is to come.
The impatience of waiting and finally … readiness, yummy-ness and happiness, as you consume your labour of love.
Taste … an oft neglected sense. Often ignored, when it should be pampered, praised and perfected for the pleasure and glory of sustenance.
So I devour my love in every way. I treasure and hoard cook books, slavering and anticipating over pages of pictures and food words.
For years I have pursued ingredients … herbs, flavourings and spices of every hue. My freezer is filled with future joy. I love the unusual, the divine, the out of the ordinary. Then, when routing through the hoarding places, there are numbers which read ‘out of date’ – by years and years and so, I harden my heart and toss them out, unconsumed, unloved and left to moulder in the outside world.
Eating is an entertaining, an ecstasy. It takes you on voyages of new adventures, outside your door … in its’ pursuit I haunt and hunger around restaurants, cafes and tea shops, regard the menus – the very lists of love – and then wait for the love to arrive and so to begin.
Cooking for someone is an act of love … you are nourishing, treating and testing them. And for ‘cook’ read make a slice of toast or create an elegant 5 course dinner party: the whole range of complexity is included here – it is ALL love. Though the toast MUST be made from the best bread, taken close to burning point, then spread to every corner with melting butter; part soft, part crisp, all delicious …
Food is reason enough to share, to come together. A social mixture, a treasuring of family and friends. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach … yes food is proof of love, to man or woman or child. Food celebrates and food cements the tide marks of all our lives.
Food forms the structure of our days, punctuating our playings and our labours.
Food takes you on journeys, food tells the stories of a place, of it’s history and flavours and impacts.
Food is always there for you, greedily needed, a constant craving.
So what ever way you look at it … food is love.
For ever yours
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