Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pretty Foods

I have a newfound purpose for this blog.

My francophile ways are rather famous around my real-human-friend set. As a result, I have read countless books on the french way of life, including "Joie De Vivre". I realized just how much simple joy is missing from my life.

As a result, I am going to write about the simple joys I happen upon in daily existence.

So, here we are.

There's a Japanese saying that goes something like (and I'm paraphrasing), 'food must be a feast for the eyes as well as the palate". I truly do believe they're onto something. Eating beautiful cupcakes as oppose to a short muffin with a dab of strawberry frosting on top are not the same experiences.

My roommates think I'm slightly insane, but I go to great lengths to make my food look beautiful. For example:

Mini baguette topped with light cheese and a blackberry, covered in chocolate. Oh, and a hard boiled egg. I enjoyed eating this. I relished every bite.

Oh, cheese. How I adore thee. That deserves a post all to itself. The point is that with preparation, and the slow, ritualistic process of creating a meal, eating the meal, and cleaning up after the meal is so comforting to me. At a time of great stress in my life (going into my senior year of college, performing in the run of a friend's show, going into final exam period, living in the current economic climate), I develop a great need for ritual. It's such a primitive thing, and yet so necessary.

Beautiful food. Mmm.


LaurenAshley said...

Precious! What kind of cheese is it? I can never find that stuff we had in Switzerland

Papers said...

Laughing Cow Light Swiss Spreadable.

I am absolutely enamored with the stuff.