Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Devote your Attention...

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. "
~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story
On this food journey of mine, one of the things I have learned is that eating is much more enjoyable when you devote your attention to it.  It is so much more satisfying when you savor each bite--enjoy the flavour, the colour, the texture.

Incidentally, I found I am able to EAT LESS by eating with such devotion--because I am more satiated and satisfied by a meal I have actually tasted, savored and enjoyed--rather than one I ate with mindless distraction.

No matter how busy the day, no matter how long the to-do list, devote your attention to your meal.  It takes no more time to do and is so much more satisfying.  You have to stop what you are doing to eat anyway--why not make it a beautiful experience every time you do it?

We only ever got this dish when my Dad was working late or not home for dinner--he didn't consider it a suitable choice for dinner!  We didn't get it often, but we sure did enjoy it!

Ham Flan  (quiche)
(this one came from Aunt Dona...)

1 9" unbaked pie shell (you can buy the frozen variety if you like--but I usually have some pastry in the freezer that I can quickly roll out)
2 tbsp butter
1 chopped onion
6-8 sliced mushrooms
1 cup cubed ham
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (like marble or cheddar)
1 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper

Saute onion and mushrooms in butter until tender.  Sprinkle ham, cheese, onions and mushrooms on bottom of pie shell.  
Combine eggs and milk, gradually add to mixture of flour, salt and pepper. our into pie shell and bake at 375 30-40 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean.
Let stand 5 min before cutting.

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