A bit of a theme today, overlapping two of our main topics. First, some quotes for the thought mill, and shortly I’ll put up one of my favorite poems which blends the subjects deliciously.
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
(Charles M. Schulz)
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want.
Only two things that money can’t buy: that’s true love and home grown tomatoes.
(Guy Clark, “Home Grown Tomatoes”)
So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it; and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied; and it is all one.
(M.F.K. Fisher, “The Art of Eating”)
There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.
Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
(Harriet Van Horne, “Vogue” 10/1956)
See that’s what people don’t get about food. It’s never the food, it’s the love that goes into making it. That’s what’s important.
(Sarah Strohmeyer, “Sweet Love”)
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
Thanks to the Doctrine of Signatures, summarized by the notion that if a plant looks like a body part it must be helpful to that part, numerous foods have been declared aphrodisiacs based on their shape. If they actually do produce any amorous effects, one could think of the cause as sort of a Freudian placebo, perhaps coupled (no pun intended) with a Pavlovian response.
This is a favorite at the Villa. As you see in the picture, the pears go very nicely with a soft gorgonzola (or other soft blue cheese, I suppose) and a glass of port.
On a properly wintery evening, this is often my drink of choice. The “buttered” part tends to cause consternation in those who have not had it. Never let kneejerk reactions get the better of you! It has a very long history as a hot drink ingredient, and for good reason. In this case, it provides a wonderful, smooth topping to sip the rum through, and you will eventually find that it is one of the drink’s chiefest virtues.
Don’t forget: a “diet” is about regular intake or habits, which means both what you do and what you don’t do. Some intentional diets focus on what to leave out of your life – say, processed sugars – and others on what to have enough of – say, cruciform vegetables. It’s all in what you want out of it.
Last week I mentioned that acrostics are, for me, a fun and sometimes useful mental exercise. For a true étude (a more strenuous technical drill) I occasionally do acrostics in a Shakespearean sonnet format, conforming as much as possible to 16th century English as well. Quasi-Elizabethan style, if you will. Quite satisfying.
Some would say that music is passion made audible. I’d say it could be, but there’s a lot of distinctly passionless music out there as well. Be that as it may, the overlap is hard to ignore. So I won’t! For the first of today’s two readings, I give you a short series of quotes combining love and music. Continue reading
We now continue our little overview of aphrodisiac history. Let’s move (for now) from odd practices, and look at things people have tried that could more recognizably be called aphrodisiacs.
Did you know there’s a National Margarita Day? There is in the United States, at least, where it is by far the most commonly consumed tequila-based drink. It’s been assigned (for reasons opaque to me) the date of February 22, which happens to be tomorrow! It is my solemn duty to be sure you’re ready for it.
This often gets lumped in with martinis. It’s not, really, but I won’t get into it now. What is indisputable is this: it’s delicious! Lemon trees all around me are begging me to lighten their load, and this should be a big help.