Food Glorious Food Glorious Fooooood!

I’ve embraced food-love.

Not just the flavors and nutritional value for my body, but the beauty, the colors and textures, the rugged heartiness or delicate elegance of the visuals (and victuals) on my plate.

I still prefer simplicity. One dish well-prepared delights me far more than a variety. I don’t know why that is – maybe I’m too easily stimulated by flavors. Maybe my palette gets confused and goes into overwhelm.

Whatever the reason, I’m much happier going deep into the complexities of a single entrée than sampling many. A table groaning with selections thrills some. Maybe they’re the true foodies. But for me, in quantities of food and friends, less is more.

Speaking of friends, small-talk, the inane chatter between people who don’t know each other well and may not care to, is painful for me. It’s like those all-you-can-eat buffets where you leave grossly stuffed but haven’t really tasted anything. I’ve taken new acquaintances aback when, after a few minutes of chit-chat I say, “So…tell me about your childhood.” The ones who reply, You first, are friends for life.

Food and friends. The two go hand-in-glove, don’t they? I hadn’t intended to write about friends – they just slipped in. But it makes sense. Sharing the daily repast is probably part of our DNA from the beginning. I don’t think Eve ate Adam’s rib. But she did offer him an apple – which didn’t end well. Hmm. Bad analogy. However, I think historically speaking, breaking bread together has been a peaceful endeavor, not an act of war.

But about the photos…

That’s lentil stew ladled atop the brick-hard bread I’ve raved about. I paired it with Sartori Pinot Grigio. A red wine would have been too heavy. Even though the slices of spicy salami I boiled first, created an intensely flavorful stock, and the chunk of bread added heft, the white complemented beautifully without overpowering.

In spite of the stunning meals I’ve had here, I was missing my Bali breakfast of homemade granola and coconut yogurt, topped with tropical fruit. On my next trip to Tutto per Tutti market I scanned the cereals on offer and came home with Kelloggs All Bran, a container of Yomo plain yogurt, bananas and strawberries – not quite dragon fruit and papaya but adequate.

The first day I ate it with yogurt. The following day I ate it without. It was either surprisingly good or I’ve completely forgotten the taste of my other life.

My latest achievement is a stew identical to the first, but this time I added kale and more garlic. Not only that, there are still plenty of bread boulders to submerge in the broth for exciting crunchy mouthfuls. That bread! I wish I could bring a year’s supply back with me – although it wouldn’t be the same in Bali’s climate. A bit heavy perhaps…?

I’m loving this – the prep and eating of food. I wouldn’t want to devote my life to it, but it’s fun for an hour or so during the day.

And in case you’ve forgotten, here are the lyrics to the last stanza of Food Glorious Food from the musical, Oliver:

What wouldn’t we give for
That extra bit more
That’s all we live for
Why should we be fated to do
Nothing but brood on food
Magical food,
Wonderful food
marvelous food,
Beautiful food,
Food, Glorious food glorious fooooooood

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shanemac
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 07:01:49

    We’re almost eating the same thing. I had a delicious lentil salad last night that looked like your lentil stew although the flavours would have been different. Love those lentils.

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  2. Sondra Jackson
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 02:53:32

    Hi Sherry, I keep forgetting to ask, are you vegan? I don’t remember ever seeing meat in any of your food pix.

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Mar 03, 2020 @ 17:10:32

      No, I am not vegan. I eat a plant-based diet most of the time, but occasionally I’ll eat meat, eggs, and dairy products. During this time in Italy I’ve eaten A LOT of cheese, especially buffalo mozzarella. Italy is known for it’s varieties of sausage, salami, and prosciutto. I’ve sampled a few of them in the past month. I prefer not to attach myself to labels, but that’s just me. I respect the decisions of others to do what feels right for them.

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  3. Anonymous
    Mar 04, 2020 @ 00:05:44

    That’s how I feel, I’m staying away from Dairy and have decided to stop eating meat for health reasons. I don’t think I could ever give up Fish/Seafood LOL! I love Italy, I’ve been there 5 times so far. I am thinking about living there for about a year once I retire. The food is amazing and so fresh. How long will are you planning to stay in Italy?

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Mar 04, 2020 @ 00:29:12

      I adore Italy. It’s my 4th time. I’ve been here for a month and I leave the 6th of March. You’re right. The food is spectacular and I’ve been eating lots of it! Your retirement plan sounds perfect. Who knows, you might love it so much you’ll stay.

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