Friday, 21 November 2008
Food is Passion
... and even salads can be sexy! I haven't posted in three weeks because a plain salad with bread was the most I created in the last couple of weeks. I was so busy, eating out and being invited to people's places for dinner, or just skipping cooking for a couple of mostly raw food-on-the-go days lately. I know I could at least have taken pictures, but my camera batteries died after 6 years of perpetual re-charging :( Payday will come soon and with it a new month, time to cook, money to buy fancy ingredients and new batteries. For today, I'll leave you with a quote from Margaret Visser's fabulous book "Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal"
This is my entry for Almond and the Hazelnut's food quote challenge. I would've love to provided a quote from a non food-related book, but everything I read at the moment is either foodie stuff, heavy AR philosophy tomes or event management reading.
"It was the custom in the past that the youngest daughter of the household had to turn the lettuce in the dressing with her fingers, maintaining the "fresh, green, female" mythology of lettuce. Dressing a lettuce made the anaphrodisiac plant "salad" (literally, "salted"); the sexual connotations of salt could add an extra erotic dimension to the girl's performance before mixed company at the dinner table. The French used to say of a still young and beautiful woman, elle retourne la salade avec les doigts ("she turns the salad in her fingers"). (and I thought this was an invention of Jamie Oliver who calls it "fairy fingers" in one of his books!)