Saturday, January 12, 2013
It's too early right now to start making our breakfast. I can hear my stomach rumble, but I would rather allow my spouse to sleep in, rather than make noise in the kitchen that would rouse him.
I really enjoy oatmeal. I can imagine stirring the cereal in a pot of hot water, breathing in the steam and adding some cinnamon or chunks of apple. I prefer the low-salt, home cooked style of oats. The process of cooking is as enjoyable for me as the eating.
(Would I have said that 2 years ago?)
I have imagined pancakes this morning as an option, but we have a very large bag of mix from Costco that I feel I should use up...
I find the mix salty. The flavour is flat. Even the making of the batter is dull and I really miss 'designing' my own pancakes with new flavours and texture.
Years ago, when I made pancakes for my little girl, she could expect pancakes with sunflower seeds, maybe some walnuts. I invented them with fruit in season and exotic chunks from the bulk store (that were never in season up here.) I used various flours. I got her many flavoured syrups, so that breakfast could be an adventure.
My daughter now says restaurant pancakes are tasteless.
Dry cereal today? Hmmm. In the winter I really have little desire for milk and flakes in a white bowl. Portion distortion is a "biggy" for me with dry cereal. Too many calories can result for the 'too little enjoyment' on the palate.
It is WEEKEND starting today and that can automatically translate into Bacon And Eggs at our house. I'm not that motivated to fry anything this morning so I have already nixed that option today. My blood pressure will be happy without the salty bacon this Saturday.
I think I'll boil up a wee, bonny portion of oatmeal today and enjoy a banana alongside it.
Ahhh, I can go to the kitchen now, as Somebody has woken up.
Think about your next meal. Will you grab-and-go? Will you even taste it?
Imagine the flavour you want, the texture that can dance on your tongue and the feeling of satisfaction in the belly. If you choose wisely, each meal can be a step toward improved health and a half hour of bliss.