Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Do you cook for you, yourself and you alone?
Self-pampering is crucial in my books. So much energy and love is always spent to prepare something good for my other half, family and friends, when they're not in the room, why not for myself? It's not only therapeutic, it's good for the soul. Me-time is set aside for making and eating. Since it's for my palate only, I do whatever I want, at my own pace, to my heart's desire.
In the mornings, there would be no rush. As he snores away into brunch hour, I contemplate what eggs to place on my ekmek while carefully folding a piece Chemex filter paper into a cone. I drip my coffee over 45 minutes, letting each round of pour go through completely, reheating the water when necessary. I arrange my plate with care, because I want a beautiful plate to dig into, even on my own table. Like any good song, the first line is important. If the rest of the day would deteriorate, at least I had my perfect runny eggs to hang on to.
There will be no compromise. I take it as practice. Things can be simple and quick, but nothing can be under seasoned or overcooked. Even that bowl of ginger scallion noodles with a poached egg. Because I will spend a good hour with it, in solitude, savoring every bite with much more attention than when someone else is at the table.
After those persimmons and plump berries disappear, I would've covered a few pages of my favorite magazines, caught up with some news or discovered something new I must bake As soon as humanly possible. In goes a square of dark chocolate to end the show, just in time for the man to wake from his slumber. Or time to get going to the gym, meet a friend, run errands, attempt something life-changing. No matter. The next task would be set for success, because I've been entertained.
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