THE ART OF EATING
The Art of Eating is a digital nook where I share my passion for food, wine, travel and culture. It’s a semi-organized scratchpad of what is amusing me.
Thanks for visiting, my hope is reading these posts will inspire you to nourish yourself well and love yourself deeply.
Unless you were hiding under a distant rock (in which case, I completely understand) you would have no doubt learned that on June 1st the United States pulled out of the largest collective climate change action ever, The Paris Agreement. Many of us earthlings have our fingers crossed that change is on the horizon for America and that this move is not unlike their leadership, a confused and temporary direction.
I just returned from Nantucket where I attended an informative, inspiring and grand wine festival. It was fully full of everything I adore and I am so grateful to have experienced Nantucket and the event! I have many things I can’t wait to write about and share. I thought to start with a topic that came up in the tastings I attended because it often comes up in my own discussions with wine drinkers; The importance of drinking appropriately!
I remember nettles from my childhood and not in a fond way. I remember those sneaky low lying plants stinging my bare legs even more than the mosquito bites that were incessant in Saskatchewan. Growing up, my grandmother told me “you can eat those nettles”! I thought for certain this was another one of her leg-pulling, dry wit, French antics. Years later I discovered it certainly was not! As it turns out, it is in fact worth battling the prickly exterior of these plants each spring to enjoy their robust spinach-like flavor.
It is one of those weeks on the far west coast of Vancouver island that comes around to remind me that yes, I do indeed live in a rainforest and that winter is not ready to slip away just yet… I however am totally complete with winter and all of his offerings of braised meats, rich sauces, cords of firewood, and my favorite robust red wines. I have done my job well of steeping in his full seasonal cozy, socks included, which I kind of despise.
“If wine were to disappear from human production, there would be a void in human health and intelligence and that void would be worse than all the excesses it’s guilty of.”
“Its up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
“Great love affairs start with Champagne.”
Honoré de Balzac~
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors.”
“Champagne makes women appear more beautiful and men more spiritual.”
“I spent ninety percent of my money on wine, women and song and just wasted the other ten percent.”
“Champagne should be dry, cold and free.”