Category: FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is such a glorious, hedonistic drink that many have been driven to wax lyrical about it. Below are just a few of the many:

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.
– Brigitte Bardot

Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.
– Madame de Pompadour

ChampersChampagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
– Graham Greene

In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.
– Willie Gluckstern

I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
– Lily Bollinger

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.
– Dying words, John Maynard Keenes

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
– Dorothy Parker

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
– Bette Davis

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
– Mark Twain

Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?
– Noel Coward

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (Gastronome)

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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1 April 1755 – 2 February 1826, ) was a French lawyer and politician, and gained fame as an epicure and gastronome (Wikipedia)

Brillat Savarin wrote what  arguably the most famous book on food, The Physiology of Taste.  It was an intelligent book which has not been out of print to these days.  The book is a celebration of food, very descriptive, lots of opinions, anecdotal, historical, philosophical, factual, fanciful, poetical and some recipes included.

Honore Balzac was a fan of the book.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (Gastronome)

Poultry is for the cook what canvas is for the painter.
– Savarin

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.
– Savarin

Saul Bellow – Literature’s Stalwart

saulSaul Bellow (10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times and he received the National Book Foundation’s lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1990. (Wikipedia)

 

Saul Bellow – Literature’s Stalwart

Everybody needs his memories.  They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.
– S Bellow

The unexamined life can make you want to kill yourself.
– S Bellow

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
– S Bellow

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“Slow me down, Lord!”

The more we progress, the busier we get.

Sometimes we overlook what is naturally beautiful, what should really be important to us.

We have forgotten the little things that can make us happy and healthier. We would rather sit down in front of the computer or television to be entertained, when there is a vast world out there waiting to be explored.

Go out and smell the roses. Admire what God had created. Feel the wind as it gently embraces and cools you down. Inhale; exhale!

Slow down and notice.

“Slow me down, Lord!”

Below is some sort of prayer, which is a good reminder why we should slow down and take stock.

“Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me,
Amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down
to look at a flower;
to chat with an old friend or make a new one;
to pat a stray dog;
to watch a spider build a web;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life’s enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my greater destiny.”

– ORIN L CRAIN


Calm is the basis of right perception and understanding.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Dreaming the Dream

Dreaming Blue Sky, photo by JMorton

Dreaming Blue Sky, photo by JMorton

Dreaming the Dream

Dreams have a much influence as action.
– Stephane Mallarme

“Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.”
– Yogi Ramen

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
– Langston Hughes

Saddle your dreams afore you ride ’em.
– Mary Webb

Today, Now

ladybird on flower2“We think about all of our tomorrows, but we don’t know how many they are, so let’s start making the most of our Todays!”
~ Ivana Trump

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
– John Dryden

The above quotes are wonderful, I think. Inspirational. It is about living today, the best that you can. Do not worry about tomorrow. Just be grateful and enjoy now for tomorrow will come soon enough or NOT 🙁

Seize the day, carpe diem, do not procrastinate. Work, enjoy, live Now, Today!

The World of Gastronomy

campfire_cooking_3Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one which has rendered us the most important service in civic life.
~J-A Brillat-Savarin
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“Cheerful cooks make every dish a feast.”
—MASSINGER.

I detest … anything over-cooked, over-herbed, over-sauced, over elaborate. Nothing can go very far wrong at table as long as there is bread, butter, olive oil, a generous spirit, lively appetites and attention to what we are eating.
– Sybille Bedford

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Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.
~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
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The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.
~ JA Brillat-Savarin
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The most indispensable quality in a cook is punctuality. It is also that of a guest.
~ JA Brillat-Savarin
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