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Playing with my food

Thursday, May 02, 2013

I watch little kids play with food. They squish it in their hands, mash it up and rub it together. It's a mess and something I thought I outgrew many years ago.

But I DO play with the preparation. That's what prep is, after all. I get to peel it and dice it and move it around. I get to squish meatloaf and pound dough and rub spices between my fingers. I toss salad with my hands, grab piles of peels to toss out, then lift the cut pieces into a bowl or pan. I get to feel with my hands the very food that I will transform with heat so that I will feel it with my mouth. I get to smell butter heat to nuttiness, smell fat rendering from meat.

When you eat take out or eat in restaurants, you only get to feel it with your mouth. When you cook, you get to play with it first. It's a blast!!
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