An epicure is
one who has cultivated a discriminating palate and is concerned about quality over
fad or mere quantity. None of this means complicated procedures or exotic
ingredients. It does mean an appreciation for the sensuousness of good food -
the quality, the colour, aroma, texture and harmony of flavours.
I would go further to say that as far as quality
is concerned, this means conscientiously avoiding when one can or keeping to a
bare minimum, chemicals (yet not being hysterical about it when unavoidable) and
regaining control about what you fuel your body with.
Food should be consumed as close to its natural state
as possible - that clearly means not processed and certainly never microwaved.
Taking control directly means doing it
yourself - not packaged, boxed, imitation, processed, plastic semblances of
food. The most difficult ingredient in all of this, is time. And this is a
question of priorities, caring and planning, no?
Are you not worthy of the time and effort - and those you love too?
(By the way, 'titbit', flavour, savour etc. are correct.
This is a British English site.)
early background in the medical field opened my interest in the effect
of food on our health. Through my diversified
experience spanning almost nine years, I also
gained much insight into the motives
of the pharmaceutical/medical/food industries.
self-serving, this Ménage à
Trois (akn. lover's triangle) is a dangerous and powerful
combination quite capable of purposefully and negligently
misleading the consumer. And why?
me, they are only interested in you and your health if they have
something to gain by it.
long term (for the most part, disastrous)
effects upon our health as a
result of this is what has made the pharmaceutical industry one
of the richest today -
creating ever more patients who need ever more doctors, and ever
food industry lulls the consumer
into 'got to haves' and quick processed tinned and packaged food
as a lifestyle (rather than for an occasional emergency
A cyclic phenomenon that has changed society
for the worse. Re-educating society to shift the role of
nourishing off the working mother to making meals a family
endeavour and way of life would have been a far healthier option.
Healthier for the individuals and for the family as a unit.
The Epicurean Digest
for informative articles
on good things and bad as well as tips and
trivia. (Did you know that coconut was once used as
Patricia Conant Webb relocated from Germany to
Belgium and now resides on the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast)
on the Mediterranean Sea in Spain and thus fulfilled a lifelong
Among other past and current passions and pursuits, she is
a freelance writer and regularly contributes articles for the local
newspaper, El Set and other publications.
Having met her husband Reggie, after
settling in Spain, they eventually married in Gretna Green,
Her column "The Kitchen" is translated into
three languages as well as her "Gardener's Corner" and
"Flash Fiction" columns and other articles.
working on her current book "Welcome to My Kitchen" and
other writing projects, she enjoys travelling, cultural diversity and
sharing life with her husband and Tosca, a lively Silky Terrier.