Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On Drooling, Loving and!

On Drooling, Loving and!

Elizabeth Gilbert in her book ' Eat. Pray. Love' tells me that Italians are wonderful in enjoying themselves, unlike the Americans who question the ability to even enjoy and relax, Italians know how to ‘feeeel’ pleasure.

A drop of honey
That melts on a toast
Chiselled butter that caresses my tongue
Melted cheese that oozes out love
That my dear is palette dearly loved!
Gilbert writes:
“I walked home to my apartment and soft-boiled a pair of fresh brown eggs for my lunch. I peeled the eggs and arranged them on a plate beside the seven stalks of the asparagus (which were so slim and snappy they didn’t need to be cooked at all). I put some olives on the plate, too, and the four knobs of goat cheese I’d picked up yesterday from the formaggeria down the street, and two slices of pink, oily salmon. For dessert—a lovely peach, which the woman at the market had given to me for free and which was still warm from the Roman sunlight. For the longest time I couldn’t even touch this food because it was such a masterpiece of lunch, a true expression of the art of making something out of nothing. Finally, when I had fully absorbed the prettiness of my meal, I went and sat in a patch of sunbeam on my clean wooden floor and ate every bite of it, with my fingers, while reading my daily newspaper article in Italian. Happiness inhabited my every molecule”.

This I call sheer exquisiteness and delight in being and living that moment. I had a beautiful smile as I read these lines. There have been times when I would oh! so lovingly cook something for myself or my entire family ( like I made white pasta with olives today) and then the first bite in my mouth of lovely orange carrot, green capsicum and heavenly olive with pasta dipped in white sauce, would say “mmmmmmm…….”..

I’ll share a funny incident. It so happened that last year I visited Fastrax the first time. I had ordered a veg burger by some name (I don’t remember). I had gone there with my mentorship group and my mentor who was treating all of us. As soon as I took the first bite of the burger with melted cheese in it, I closed my eyes, forgetting other’s presence, and said ‘mmmmmm….’. A friend of mine said “it’s almost like you are having an orgasm!” and I gave her a biiiig smile. :D

What’s food if you don’t enjoy every bite of it?
What’s love if there is no passion in it?
Who are ‘you’ and ‘me’ if no breath is lived?


I try enjoying moments. Food, yes I love eating. Just yesterday, as I came upon these lines by Gilbert, I reminisced a day in last winter where I merrily dissolved myself in ‘Memoris of a Geisha’ as I read it on a charpoy basking in the gorgeous winter sun!
Gor… ous!! …gorgeous….gorgeous…gorge-ous! I can eat words up.
Ever fallen in love with any one word that you could just take into yourself?

Have a gorgeeeeous day ahead ( it’s ok…even if it’s night time;)

P.S: You are the apple to my pie,
        You are the straw to my Berry;) ............listen to Auburn's Perfect two:)


Aliza Khan said...

i love eating!!!! U have n idea how mush i enjoy eating and experimenting with food :P though just for the record my taste buds suckkkks so i cant really differentiate between the taste of the chicken karahi i ate at anarkali or chicken karahi i ate a five star restaurant :p lol :p

P.S. I haven tread the novel though i have watched eat. pray. love. Do watch it ur gonna love the movie :D

I hope one day i get to visit italy and enjoy the pleasures that the city offers.

p.s.s I loveee the sone perfect two :p the lyrics are really cute aren't they???

Bikram said...

WOw I thought i am the biggest foodie.. I eat anything :)


Aakriti said...

hey Aliza!!! ur taste buds suck??:P This is something which no foodie should say....Ah!! chicken....i need to have a nice non veg meal soon:)
I;m still reading the book. I watched the movie first. Liked it..then thought of picking the book. Of course book is much better and a delight!!:) It made me fall in love with Italy:) and everything Italian!!

And yes the lyrics of the song are very cute:)

Aakriti said...

Bikram....U eat anything and everything?? Really?:O ..I don't!!;)

Silence Unplugged. said...

I loveeeeeeee to eat u knw! And italy has the most amazing food! U made me crave so bad, Aakriti

Aakriti said...

Silence unplugged :p I just had a nice dinner with my family... At the moment m full and happy;) and yeah lovely to have u by at yarn of words after sooooooo long ! As for tempting u.. What do I say? Foodies we are ;)

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