Homage to the home picnic

Some people say they eat to feed their bodies, others their souls! I fall solidly in the latter camp! You can offer me the most wonderful food, but if it isn’t about the moment, occasion, and isn’t presented in its best light, I will probably not remember it beyond the time it took to consume. But if you take the simplest and most ordinary food, and present it on your best dishes, or arrange it to be viewed as well as eaten, then I’m probably going to have an enhanced culinary experience all around, and will probably remember it far longer than the more exceptional food poorly presented.

If I had my way, I’d make my life mission one that encourages people to slow down, and live in the moment they are given; to try and glean soul nourishment from each occasion. How you present and eat your food is no exception. With that in mind, I encourage each and everyone of you to do a home picnic this week. Stop at your market, pick up tasty little things you like – some cheese, some cold-cuts, some bread and/or crackers, some fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, olives, of course a bottle of wine (maybe even an inexpensive sparkling wine and some potato chips!!!)… you get the picture. Bring it all home, take 20 minutes to create an event out of it, and enjoy! You’ll be amazed at how such a simple thing can be so transcendent!

Let me know how yours turns out!!!


2 Responses to “Homage to the home picnic”

  1. 1 Robin Pelland
    February 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    YAY! Well said my friend. Nothing like the moment! LUMI

  2. February 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    What a great picnic that was. So profound—the extra few minutes to present.

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