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TASTE

New Artichoke

My eyes, hands, nose and ears have all reached out to select this lovely green reward.  As the shoots are just venturing forth from garden beds in my world, I know this gem has traveled far to catch all my senses.

I have brought it home just for me and now as sunshine burns back the fog and mist of morning walk, I pick up my treasure and begin the task of preparation.  Two good thumps to the side of the sink and the leaves relax to allow the water to cleanse.   Thick stem cut away and set aside for potassium broth. Swift, sharp blade to the top edge and then a slice to create the halves; it is wounded.

Red handled veggie scissors snip the prickly tips and remind me of my mother’s hands at work by the sink; it is a memory.    Small spoon digs into the silky choke to separate and pare away.

Steamer is set into the pot and pure water filled to the level and each half is carefully laid down upon the form.   To boil and then to simmer, and the hands are washed and cutaways are put into the compost for the work ahead.  My fingers are blackened and will remain so for most   of this day; reminder.

A bowl of raspberries and red, red juice are set beside my plate of green.  I do not mind the heat, rather I draw the first leaf slowly across my teeth and savor the gentle offering; there are 42 leaves before the heart, each one granted a minute on its own.

Nothing interferes with the exaltation and pure taste of what has transpired.

The hour has past, dishes are done and steam water is greenish delight in freezer for stock; I push myself back to the work and the list knowing full well that this was enough.

Scottish Thistle

Do you focus on every bite when you eat?  Is it like a gift or a meditation/prayer?  When was the last time/instance you were certain it was enough?

Happy Easter and Passover

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from the site I will receive a few beans in my bucket  – or maybe artichokes?

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14 Responses to “TASTE”

  1. Sam Juliano Says:

    There’s certainly a natural quality to this round-up, and appeares that the taste is well worth the effort. If it’s a meal I’m really crazy for, I’ll savor it, otherwise at least eat it at a pace that can be successfully negotiated.. The bowl of raspberries would always be appreciated in these parts.

    patricia Reply:

    Sam,
    Welcome by and I just enjoy raspberries to the max too – I don’t even mind the seeds in my teeth – and fresh from the garden…WOW food.

    I had so much company this weekend and did so much cooking It will take me a bit to make the rounds and see what treasures you uncovered.

    For the first time in years and years many, many places in our town were closed on Easter Sunday – and we had Sunshine…we did not mind and everyone pitched in to help us plant our peas! We made our own story

  2. suzen Says:

    Lovely post, Patricia. Reminds me of the book “Savour” by Thich Naht Hahn. Eating slowly, appreciating every taste, as well as chewing until your food is paste-like is all the ultimate way of eating that is perfect for ultimate digestion. Being more “reverent” about eating is beyond just feeding yourself, it’s spiritual. Great reminder, Patricia. Thanks so much!
    Hugs
    SuZen

    patricia Reply:

    Suzen,
    Thank your for your kind words…I do not know the book Savour – I will need to track that one down.

    It was lovely to have so much company this weekend and the sunshine broke through…I savored everyday and each conversation.

    I even stayed up until Midnight – happy tired hungover with connections today – :)

  3. Alison Elliot Says:

    I was right there with you Patricia as you were savoring each morsel. . . .artichokes are one of my favorite foods. My Italian mother did them differently though. She browned onions in oil, added chicken broth and then simmered the artichokes for nearly an hour. After making a firm “polenta” (corn meal and water bread) they were done. The broth had boiled down to almost a gravey-like quality too which the polenta sopped up while we muched our leaves. And even though I was full by the time I was done, it seemed like I could never get enough of that yummy flower.
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    patricia Reply:

    Alison,
    Thank you for sharing…i will have to try that too…I am not a very good polenta maker but anything to do with artichokes – I am right there front and center.

    I can not hurry the process of preparing either, because to the sharp points and the sticky silk…An Artichoke can always, always change my whole outlook.

  4. vered | Blogger for Hire Says:

    Your food writing is amazing, Patricia. Yes, I try to focus when I eat and savor each bite.
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you Vered for your kind words…I think I do so love to eat!
    I like flavors single and mixed together, but mild tastes like lobster are just savor foods….why ruin such good things with butter sauce???

    You write beautifully about food you love to cook also… On the 19th I am reviewing an age defying cookbooks – that is stunning and made me think of your right away….I will review your book when you put it out!

  5. Liz Says:

    Very well said Patricia, I tried your tips and it’s effective. Even a simple food could be tasteful if we enjoy it.

    Patricia Reply:

    Liz,
    You are welcome – yes it does taste better and I find I eat less
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  6. Jam Says:

    Hi Patricia, thanks for the shout out. You did a great tips. Keep posting your thoughts with us.

    Patricia Reply:

    Oh Jam, I do just keep posting and posting…another delicious treat on my plate

  7. Davina Haisell Says:

    Patricia, this was so well written!

    I was immersed in your description. It was actually, a very satisfying read. There is a lot of emotion in your words.

    Preparing food is truly an art and often I remind myself to put the same TLC into preparing it, as you have noted here with regards to the eating process. I do savor the food I eat though. I eat slowly and am usually the last person to finish. Food is good! :)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Davina,
    I have done so much cooking over the years I often get into burnout – this artichoke just called to me from across the store and I knew it would just be a special lunch for me – I made the whole day just about me – I do not very often cook for myself – I just prepare something

    Thank you for your good words
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