“Whatever happens in the kitchen, never apologize.”- Julia Child
In a way, cooking is very similar to that of meditation. It is about being with the work of it, taking the time and breathing through it, letting your mind go and letting what ever it is that comes into your mind, be created.
I remember watching the movie ‘Julie and Julia’, the memoir of Julia Child and the interesting idea of a would be home chef, making her recipes on a daily basis from her book, ‘Mastering The Art Of French Cooking’. A passionate pilgrimage to the culinary top, of one of the first female chefs to not only create a cook book but have her own cooking show on TV, and one of the first female chefs to study at the famous Cordon Blue, cooking school in Paris.
It was a charming movie, most definitely not cooking to perfection but a luscious exploration of the central art of food, and the combination of the bewildering array of complicated recipes believed to arouse passion and desire. As well as also, the recreation of these recipes, seemed to arouse quite a bit of frustration. Man, did Julia cook with a lot of butter! If you cut out all of the sugar and all of the flour she could have been the fist Keto chef.
It was actually my watching of this movie, that inspired me to write this blog! The kitchen is the one place in which with every recipe, we have to start at ground zero. It is a place where we can take the ordinary and make something miraculous. This is where we can turn water into wine, flour into bread, milk into butter, and butter into cheese. Just as how memories can fail, so do ideas and recipes. Whatever it is you imagine in your head, compared to what you imagine you will end up with on the plate or actually do end up with on the plate, they may never actually turn out to be identical. What is truly exciting, is that this is one place that you get to be creative and the truth is it doesn’t have to be perfect. Even though people can be hard to please, and there might be lumps in the gravy, these are opportunities for making love.
The French use the word ‘amuse-bouche’ which means to amuse the mouth. Bite sized delights, created by using the imagination, end up being placed in the mouth and then making you smile.
I met someone the other day who uses Google pictures to record memories of daily activities that he finds heart warming and soul satisfying, “the point of keeping such a documented history is in order to contradict memories of sticky negatives.” He could go on a daily basis, or when need be, back into the document and look up any day and see symbols of pleasure. The impact of which is an ‘amuse-bouche’ of sorts, to amuse the mind into the realization that life is about the positive memories and not the sticky negative ones.
The one thing that I can say about this blog, is that I too can look back to those mouth-watering memories of my plate full’s of amuse-bouche and remember the day, and smile.
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