Eating simply - back to basics
I take enormous pleasure in food. Not one of those to think about it all day, spend hours at the stove or browsing supermarket aisles, I enjoy it in a different way.
I have no food allergies, guzzle lactose with abandon and feel very sorry about gluten's reputation.
For me, the joy comes from the gift that each mouthful offers. When perusing menus in restaurants I find myself most tempted by the options that will fill me up the most for the least amount of money and effort. It could be a hangover from poorer student days, or it could be a warped sense of efficiency.
In shops, I check nutrition labels and count the calories but I am calculating how many I can get for the amount I pay. One of my favourite things is a deal in the local corner shop where two huge bags of peanuts in shells cost just £3. That's 600g each at 3,792 calories per bag, a whopping 7,584 calories for £3!
Of course I appreciate great tasting food and I marvel at the intricacy of some dishes and the skill of the chef. I like to try everything on the table and collect and treasure great tastes. And yet, sometimes, the bread basket is my favourite bit of 3+ course meal. A slice of freshly baked bread with salty butter or maybe a dip in olive oil and vinegar, is for me, culinary bliss.
It could be the simplicity in food like nuts and bread. They are basic and humble and yet offer so much energy. I see them as generous and wholesome, comforting and honest. There is something holy about the act of breaking bread together, as if people are brought closer together by sharing a loaf.