la comida entra por los ojosI saw this quote and liked it. In Spanish it means "food enters through the eyes". I think that is true (can't wait for George to get a crack at that statement!). I think food presentation is important. Maybe the best plate of food to the eyes can't make up for the food being terrible but if the plate looks terrible--does it impact our enjoyment?
I went to my library tonight to pick up my reserves (yes, another library tale). When I walked in and recognized the circulation desk attendant, it was nice to see her look up and recognize me. At one time I was occasionally recognized for the quantity of books that sat on the HOLD shelf. Now, I am more frequently recognized for the treats that I bring. I saw her eyes light up when she spied the familiar disposable pan in my hand. She said, "You are Linda Grant, aren't you?" I'm thinking I'm not the only one who shares with my favorite library people (another one was at the counter though I didn't hear what she normally contributes). I said yes and she said, "We just love your treats". I thanked her and told her what I brought and she took it back to the workroom. As she left, another familiar face showed up and I saw her eyes light up as well. She also saw the pan in the first woman's hands. She came out and thanked me as well.
When the first library worker returned with my books and DVDs, she brought a third woman with her. Worker #3 said, "So, you are the infamous Linda Grant!" The infamous part bothered me a bit--that usually denotes famous but not necessarily in a good way. She assured me it was a good thing. She smiled and said, "I told the others to point you out to me the next time you came so I could come meet you and thank you for your treats. I was also told you do not do this professionally but only as a hobby." I laughed and told her that is true. She said, "Your treats always look so professionally displayed--we were sure you did this for a living". We talked a bit about the treats and the packaging. I told her I felt we eat with our eyes first--then with our taste buds.
I do feel presentation is important. Maybe not as important as how it tastes but I believe the pleasure starts when you look at the food. A secondary pleasure may come from the aroma. I think sight and smell are overtures to the taste symphony of food.
As much fun as it is to bake, it's doubly fun to hear people laughing and talking about their pleasure with it. Yes, I'm part of that but more importantly the food takes them on a journey--my part is over. Seeing their smiles and joy and hearing them talk about how much they appreciate the food when it is late at night and their energy is lagging is more fun than the baking for me. Hearing how they carefully dolt out the treats to make sure everyone shares in the treat--that's enjoyable too.
It's great to find a way to bring pleasure to people. May we all find a way to bring pleasure to others and ourselves this weekend. Sadly it isn't another 3-day weekend--that would be even more pleasurable. :)
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