“Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify.” Henry David Thoreau

“Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify.” Henry David Thoreau


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I was in a rush the other day looking for something quick and satisfying to eat between clients. I didn’t have long, and with Claudia in my arms (I can’t believe she’s six months old) my options were limited.  So, I grabbed a tomato as it was out on the counter winking at me, (tomatoes should never be kept in the fridge by the way as the cold mutes their flavour). I sliced it, sprinkled it with sea salt, I like Maldon sea flakes, some ground black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.  I’m currently using The Lilliput Trading Company extra virgin olive oil, it’s an Irish company by way of olives from Greece, its peppery taste is rich and delicious.
 
In my dash, I was reminded of the above quote By Thoreau which is included in a selection of beautiful greeting cards I picked up recently. I’ve been turning it over in my mind for weeks, not sure what it was speaking to. But sitting down to my tomato it hit me.
 
It’s time to simplify what we eat. I mean really simplify.
 
There are so many beautiful blogs and books available offering the most delectable recipes and I love the return to home cooking which seems to have taken off in recent years, but sometimes it can all seem a bit too much.  I know time is an issue for people, also I hate opening a cook book, setting my sights on something that looks divine and then realising that I need to pop to the shops as I’m missing some necessary bits to complete the recipe.
 
This doesn’t need to be the case.
 
This week I encourage you simplify, if you use good quality fresh and preferably organic ingredients, and if you slow down and allow the natural flavours to speak, something truly delightful will happen: you will be reminded of the beauty of simplicity.


This morning for breakfast I had a hard-boiled egg, with slices of tomato and cucumber, a drizzle of olive oil and of course the obligatory smattering of salt and pepper. Claudia sucked on some tomatoes too, though perhaps she got more on the floor than in her mouth!
 
So, consider simplifying in some easy ways, and I think food is a really good place to start. The Italians do this really well with many of their dishes having just a few ingredients, allowing the beauty of the combinations speak for themselves (think Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil).  
 

With this in mind, I also want to draw your attention to a final thought.  The food pyramid has been recently amended here in Ireland, where before we were encouraged to have the bulk of our diet comprise of wholemeal cereals and breads, potatoes, pasta and rice, this has been replaced with fruit and vegetables. We are now encouraged to eat between five and seven servings per day, though I heard recently that in France that number is significantly higher, with the goal of twelve servings per day!

So, as you simplify, eat fresh fruit and vegetables in their natural form, or as close as. Substitute jam for some mushed up raspberries on your bread. For your snack forgo an energy ball and have a hunk of cheese and some sliced apple and so on…
 
While you’re doing that, what other ways could you simplify things and what effect might that have on your quality of life, health and wellbeing?
 
Food for thought. 

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