Savoring a Meal: Day 7

Day 7: Make a Meal, Set the Table, and Eat Without Distraction

We live in a distracted world. There is information everywhere. Even when you try to unplug, it is close to impossible unless you wander off into the woods like Thoreau.

Tonight I didn’t venture out to a log cabin on Walden Pond, but I did choose to have a device-free dinner. I made a simple pasta sauce with sautéed zucchini, served it over rigatoni, poured myself a glass of Zinfandel, turned on the Van Morrison Pandora stations (oh well, not completely device-free), and sat down without the television or my phone or even a book. 

I slowed down. I sipped the wine between each savored bite. The fire crackled. I ate until I was full. Lovely.

During the week my husband has been working out of town so I have been cooking for myself, which I do not mind…much.  I enjoy experimenting with recipes I know he wouldn’t prefer, and I often make enough for lunch leftovers.

But what tonight reminded me was I would rather cook for him, with a glass of wine at hand and the music playing in the background. We talk and laugh and share stories. This is my preference and his. Our favorite nights are spent together. Soon these weeks apart will end, but for now I will respect the silence, for it makes me appreciate the noise.

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf.

— Epicurus

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