It’s been an intense week; time has accelerated past like it’s competing in some sort of drag race and I’m a spectator wearing cement shoes and am trying to catch up. My odds of success aren’t so great.
It’s times like these that, instead of trying to speed up to catch the impossible, that slowing down further for a few minutes can bring great sanity. When the days fly by too fast I try to carve out a few moments here and there where I can just be in the moment, pause and collect myself. I recently had such a moment, sipping a morning cup of coffee and contemplating them moment when ‘it’ happened: a swig of coffee turned into a moment of uncertainty as my mouth was consumed with an unexpected texture. This gave way to the certainty of the moment – I had a mouth full of coffee grounds.
The offending vessel:
It’s funny that one can enjoy chocolate covered coffee beans or even cook with coffee grounds (like these smoky, salty, spicy coffee flavored roasted nuts) but the experience in other formats is less than pleasurable. The experience got me thinking about the foods which bring us great pleasure in one format as opposed to another. I tried to think of a few other things that we rely on transforming before eating, here’s what I came up with:
- Tea is another such example although it’s pretty linear to coffee.
- Few of us eat raw onions or garlic by themselves. Cook them a little or mix them with other things and we suddenly have great pleasure from these things.
- Honey *can* be eaten by the spoonful but I suspect that most of us eat it in combination with other things and not great quantities by the spoonful (although I, like others, have). I suppose this is true of most sweeteners.
- Watermelon rinds. I can’t imagine eating them without pickling them first.
- Salt, herbs, hot peppers and pepper. All *can* be eaten independently but often rely on combinations with other things as opposed to consumed whole.
- Grains, pasta, rice are generally infused with liquid (or grains can be baked as in a loaf of bread) before consuming (although you could argue the same for meat and fish there are plenty of exceptions for each which do not rely on cooking).
- Some veggies are better ‘pure’ but others just need cooking to transform themselves into something edible (imagine eating a lot of yam, potato or eggplant raw?)
- Raw olives would be a close parallel – they are processed in order to be eaten (although I’m told that you can eat ripe ones off the tree, I’ve never had the fortune).
I don’t know why I’ve found this so fascinating but I suppose that’s the pleasure of living in the moment – even if it is with a mouth full of coffee grounds.
What else would you add to the list?