No really. I dreamt last night about eating at a Chinese buffett! I was quite a pig and made certain I got the last 5 wontons in the wonton soup dish (taking only the tiniest bit of broth!) and the crab rangoon was out of this world! I think sushi was involved. This was right before I was running from grenade launching bad guys in a swamp and marsh video game setting.
er...yeah...must have been the pizza.
Speaking of pizza, remember that left over pork I had after making those lovely dumplings? It topped our pizza last night, along with some scrumptious pepper jack cheese. Not Chinese, I know, but related. As in second-cousin-on-his-mother's-side-twice-removed related but related.
While making said pizza, I got frustrated with the sauce having huge chunks of tomatoes in it. I like chunks of tomatoes in my pasta but not on my pizza. Instead of trying to spread around the chunks with the spoon, I started spreading the sauce with my hands, discarding the little devils back in the jar to live on a bowl of pasta another day.
That's when it hit me: we, as a culture, are soooo distanced from our food. Yes, these profound moments happen when I have a hand covered in red sauce and a 25 cat mewing at my feet. I've posted in the past on the "modern" American diet versus "slow food" and the dangers of the former, benefits of the latter. I hate seeing food turned into something to just wolf down between work and home life, between arguments, or between traffic signals.
With that thought planted firmly in my mind, I hummed a little tune while spreading the rest of that sauce with my fingers, while crumbling up that Chinese-ish pork and onions and scattering the mountain of pepperjack across that quazi-circular piece of dough.
I want to eat my food and taste it, enjoy it, not swallow it whole because the phone is ringing and if I don't answer it the boss will get angry. I want to savor the flavors available in a ham and cheese or a plate of Peking Duck. It's hard in this "modern" life (yes, modern is in quotations for a reason. I thought to modernize was to better something? In regards to food, we've failed)
Take some time this weekend and enjoy your food. I don't care if it's a muffin you thaw out for breakfast or a pot roast you slaved over for 6 hours. Pause, taste it, enjoy it!
Just don't dream about it...