08 January 2011

Slowing Down and Enjoying the Little Things

In light of reading Julia Child's My Life in France, I've found that she relishes on the little things - the taste of a fresh juicy pear, the crispness of a freshly baked baguette, steam coming out of fragrant pot. Her vivid and fond memories for the little things have been captured in photographs, books, letters, and recipes, all of which we have at our fingertips.

So to welcome in the new year, I slowed down, and made myself an omelette for the first time. And it was divine.

Table salt, canella tea, blueberries, orange slices, and an omelette with sauteed onion, green pepper, garlic, and rosemary finished with tomato and parmesan cheese. Bon appetite!
I followed a simple omelette recipe from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and while the end product wasn't as beautiful and perfect as it could've been, I'm really happy with the results. It was delicious, moist, light, and fluffy - and improvising by adding the rosemary was a really great addition! 

I'd like to keep doing this for myself. Teaching myself how to cook simple fresh delicious foods, taking the time to enjoy a cup of tea and a good book. What things do you do for yourself?


  1. This looks fab! I wish it was 17th December again so I could return to days when I had a similar routine. But alas January brings with it a hectic revision schedule for exams.
    Last year I couldn't sleep and made a camomile tea and ate dark chocolate and blogged whilst most others across the country slept. Now when I'm suffering from insomnia I embrace it. Peace at last.

  2. I loved that book when I read it two years ago. Although its a bit too fairytale at times, Julia really did have 'joie de vivre.' It was definitely inspiring.

    Learning to cook for yourself is one of the most rewarding things. Being able to feed yourself is a life skill and a pleasure, how rare that the two combine, so I don't understand why so many people refuse to.

  3. have you seen the blog "simply breakfast"? it is exactly what it describes ... this omelet would fit right in. yum.

  4. Wonderful. It looks so delicious, calm, and perfectly slowed down. Here's to many more mornings like that! :)