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Time to eat!

Time to eat, by Penne Cole

Time to eat, by Penne Cole

If it wasn’t clear by now, I love food. I love to discover new places to dine, and if it’s cheap eats or great value for money, that’s even better.

I love to watch cooking shows – Jamie Oliver is one of my favourites, as is Heston Blumentahl, particularly his How to Cook Like Heston series. Nigella is great too, even if the food porn does nothing for me.

I like to experiment in the kitchen, although I’d be the first to tell you that I’m not very good at it. Baking is fun too, as long as the recipes are simple. I adore making banana muffins just because they are quick, easy and delicious. Portuguese egg tarts are a regular part of my repertoire as well, and they are surprisingly easy to make. I also love to make bread, although being the lazy sort, I much prefer to use a bread maker (setting the timer and waking up to a house smelling of fresh bread is a big part of that). Alternatively, Chef John’s no knead bread recipe is a great substitute.

Ciabatta from Chef John's No Knead recipe, by Penne Cole

Ciabatta from Chef John’s No Knead recipe, by Penne Cole

There are lots of things in life that make me happy, but I’m definitely happiest when it’s time to eat. So the idea that someone could get all of his/her daily nutrition from a pill is both sad and scary. Yes, it would make life a lot simpler if, after a long day at work, I could just go home and pop a pill and not worry about the cooking or the washing up. But where’s the fun in that? Where’s the sensory pleasure?

I want the sense of accomplishment I get from making a good meal, from scratch, in fifteen minutes flat. I want the sense of pleasure in eating my home-grown herbs and tomatoes. So give me real food over a pill any time.

This post was inspired by the Daily Prompt: Red Pill, Blue Pill, and the Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says. For my other Weekly Photo Challenge entries, click here.

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16 comments on “Time to eat!

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  2. donnamh92
    June 4, 2013

    Agreed! My boyfriend asked me this question the other week and made it even more appealing as I have type 1 diabetes and he stated that the pill would lead to perfect blood sugar too. But I love cooking, I love eating and I think eating can be very social. A life without food would be a very boring one.

    • Penne Cole
      June 4, 2013

      Definitely boring. In fact, I wouldn’t even know how to socialize without food.

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  4. We are on the same team – most people have said they’d rather take a pill – which surprises me. Food is part of our culture and offers more than just satiation.

    • Penne Cole
      June 4, 2013

      Totally agree. My culture revolves around food. Whenever my friends and I meet up, it’s always over food, whether it’s Sunday brunch or a baking session at one of our houses. Food is too precious to give up for some wonder pill.

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  8. sarahwbartlett
    June 5, 2013

    Loved your post – and I LOVE food. Preparing, anticipating, savoring, remembering . . . it’s definitely one of life’s best pleasures; how luck are we that we get to indulge three times a day! And if, like me, you count chocolate (very dark, please – at least 70% cacao) as a food group, afternoon ‘tea’ breaks can make it four to five times/day. Now THAT’s the way to treat mouth and stomach. 🙂

    • Penne Cole
      June 5, 2013

      Chocolate is definitely a food group. It’s also a vegetable. Just saying…

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