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Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Every Meal

With this feast I drank most of a bottle of Muscadet out of my modest ‘cellar’. I ate and drank slowly as one should (cook fast, eat slowly) and without distractions such as (thank heavens) conversation or reading. Indeed eating is so pleasant one should even try to suppress thought. Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too. How fortunate we are to be food-consuming animals. Every meal should be a treat and one ought to bless every day which brings with it a good digestion and the precious gift of hunger.

–Iris Murdoch. The Sea, The Sea.

This is burek and a muffin from one of my favorite hosts of all time, a woman named Hana in Sarajevo. <3 I will never forget how lovely she is and how she welcomed me in.

This is burek and a muffin from one of my favorite hosts of all time, a woman named Hana in Sarajevo. ❤ I will never forget how lovely she is and how she welcomed me in.

7 comments on “Every Meal

  1. Nicci
    March 11, 2015

    Oh wow, great quote, story, and thought.

  2. davecenker
    March 12, 2015

    It’s one of those things we humans continually take for granted – the joy of food. In today’s world, we seem to be more focused on eating as quickly as we can in order to continue on with our morning, day, or evening – instead of stopping to savor every invitation from our taste buds.

    I had a grandfather who would sit down at the dinner table, and would enjoy the same bite of food for as long as the rest of the table took to consume three. It was annoying back then – when I was a little kid – especially at dinner on Christmas Eve when we were permitted to open one gift after dinner. Alas, I appreciate his deliberate appreciation much more now 😉

    Funny how that works – it takes so long sometimes to recognize the value of something so simple. I wonder how many other “simple” things I have overlooked and underappreciated. I do know one thing – I am going to thoroughly enjoy my next meal 😉 I love posts that make me think, and this was certainly one of them – thank you Paige 😉

  3. billgncs
    March 12, 2015

    Food shared always seems better

  4. markbialczak
    March 14, 2015

    Beautifully shared, Paige.

    • Thank you, Mark! I like that my awful photography skills led to a bit of lightning on that plate. 🙂 Lol.
      Have a great weekend,
      Paige

      • markbialczak
        March 15, 2015

        They did, indeed, Paige. Made my belly rumble. 🙂 You enjoy your day, too.

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