Thanks to Jamie Dedes, elegant sage that she is, I have both a new obsession – Alice Waters – and a new favourite quote, one that makes sense for me of what I am doing on this blog:
“I believe that how you eat, and how you choose your food, is an act which combines the political – your place in the world of other people – with the most intensely personal – the way you use your mind and your senses, together, for the gratification of your soul.”
I spent hours on the internet yesterday, learning all about this chef, restaurateur, activist, and humanitarian and can’t wait to get my hands on her book. As a fellow Slow Food International advocate, Alice’s quote sums up for me perfectly why I don’t want to master Jamie’s 30 minute meals; full as his book is of inspirational menu combinations.
For some time now, I’ve wondered if my blog is just ‘too all-over-the-place’; what with the four categories it contains being so diverse. But for now I’ll carry on regardless and treat it, as Ms Waters says, as my “place in the world of other people” and share my meals and journals. If the occasional poem or piece of fiction pops up, so be it. It is my space “for the gratification of my soul”.
And so to another gift, from a different blogger, albeit one I have ‘known’ a tad longer than I’ve ‘known’ Jamie. A parcel arrived for me yesterday; it contained an exquisite bracelet of glass chillis. This gift is striking on so many levels; the first thing that came to mind was the time it must have taken this woman to make the bracelet, time stolen from her hectic business life and family demands. And then I thought how amazing it is that somebody could know me so well as to make me this particular item, without ever having seen my apron …
Thank you, Lyndatjie, I don’t have the words to explain how touched I am.
After all that, what could I do but chop chillis? Lamb, butter beans, sweet potatoes, curry … and saffron … all so good for the soul.