I've been so blessed and fortunate that I've had the opportunity to visit France more than once in the last five years. For me, it's becoming a second home as I become acquainted with friends and family that live there. Eating in French restaurants and cafes is truely a dreamlike experience and always a delight. However, my favorite by far and, the experience that I relish the most, is to be invited into private homes to share in the taking of a meal. Just the personal environment of their home, the rythmn of our personal interactions and the pure joy of conversation (even with my inability to speak the language), adds a depth to the experience and is an integral part of the meal itself. Eating in France is never suppose to be a "quicky".
Looking for an article that best addressed the subject of the French Meal Experience, I came across an article in Psychology Today. It's just a bit long but well worth the read to get a sense of what I'm calling The Disconnect. In this article the subject is raised by addressing what is the difference between Mindful Eating and Mindless Eating. I think this is a very important key not only to developing a heightened personal food culture but, from the article, indicates that there is a real affect not only of what we eat but, the manner in which we eat our food. Maybe, it seems, we need to take a moment, when we eat, and allow ourselves to become fully aware of our eating experience for a variety of reasons. Bon Apetit!
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.