It’s interesting, isn’t it, how we are all able to gather a sense of taste by perceiving a visual imput. (the psychology-neurology-intested parts of my personality speaking there…) Today’s photo is not just a random photo hopefully turning out nice. It’s got several meanings. First of all, this morning, I took time to sit on a sunny bench and read passages of Susannah Conway‘s wonderful book “This I know” …and by coincidence (or not 🙂 ) reading a passage which deals with yummy tasty Food.
This made me go to a bio-deli-store today to get my lunch organized. I love my summer break for this – spontaneously getting off to do something like just getting good food at the other end of the town 🙂
The lunch I got simply consisted of some good bread (French Baguette called “Bonjour”, if that isn’t promising, eh?), prosciutto crudo, peppers filled with cream cheese, a little bit of parmiggiano reggiano.
Lately I find myself reflecting on the impact travelling has had on me. The very very first, so top 1 of all countries I have felt most at home, is CANADA. There I travelled 4200 km between Toronto and Gaspé and back in several loops, plus staying a fantastic week in Toronto and wondering if I should maybe burn my return ticket. 🙂 As a friend and I were lucky to rent a mobile home we kind of had “simple cuisine” for almost a month. I LOVED it. Loved it! A sandwich with cream cheese and fresh tomato: best food ever. Not to speak of little pancakes with regional maple syrup or spontaneous bbq’s with co-campers and crazy salads along with grilled cod. Bliss.
What is stuck with me is the very deep love for Canada and also the love for the quality of simple food. By simple food I mean fresh food without fancy stuff. Fresh tomatoes with freshly ground pepper, an apricot, eating a pink Grapefruit, a fresh apple as a snack while sitting at Lake Ontario..
The slovenian people (I stayed in the Triglav National Park, not too different from Canadian landscapes by the way) are known to have a lifestyle of “enjoying slow food”. Little bits of yummy veggies, herbs, spices, olive oil, a good piece of bread. there you go. sit, enjoy and eat for at least two hours, mindfully appreciating the fresh taste.
The people in Greece are very good in pulling off the slow food appreciation, too, they are some of the most accomplished ones. And I hope it rubbed off on me. So, to make a long story short, of course I didn’t go travelling only because of the food, but food sure is something very typical, something your senses can grasp, while travelling, some way to sense the culture and mood of the areas through which you’re travelling. (by the way, canadian Readers: I also had Poutine! it wasn’t too much my taste because of the cheese but I had to have it. All Canadians told me I had to. 🙂 )
Here’s to simplicity of meals – preferredly enjoyed from eco-bio sources.