Sunday, October 17, 2010

simple sustenance

The simplest food makes me the happiest.  Don't get me wrong -- I lust after seven-layer-divine-molten-chocolate-decadence-cake as much as the next person.  But once it's gone, I feel kind of empty-full, a little sticky and slightly nauseous.

But a perfectly ripe tomato still warm from the vine?  Or crisp translucent snow peas just picked from the garden?  They satisfy and nourish me in a way no sugary confection can.  They feed all of my senses with their simple deliciousness.  They fill me up, body and soul.

William Carlos Williams expressed this perfectly in his poem This Is Just To Say:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Until next time.

--lucy @ a little light reading

PS:  The beautiful photo below is by Hannah of honey & jam, a favorite food blog of many of our readers.  Her photography is a feast for the eyes, and her recipes are simply scrumptious!

fresh peas
fresh peas by hannah ○ honey & jam


Kirstin Mckee said...

Lucy, these are such beautifully simple shots.

Brandi Reynolds said...

such a lovely post-images and words-to wake up to this morning!

Marty said...

See, pictures like these make me wish I ate tomatoes and snow peas! Simply gorgeous!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

I love the simplicity and lighting of these shots! They look so fresh.

Oliag said...

These glorious photos are as good as those in a Food calendar that I used to get....Stunning with their simplicity!...Love those translucent peas and I am happy to learn of Hannah and Honey and Jam....

Lori Sanders said...

I love all these food photos! Quite an inspiration for me to pull out my camera and start shooting. Especially since we own a produce company!

Angie Willis said...

I so agree with you about the feeling after eating something decadent and gooey. Instant regret! Your tomatoes look wonderful and I'll bet they taste wonderful too.

Anika said...

Thanks for the link...will have to check that out. Those photos are beautiful!

Kat said...

I love these still life photos - such beautiful, natural light. Like the food!

Suki said...

Beautiful fresh shots. I love how the tomatoes pop :)

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

When it's fresh and ripe, simple works just fine. These tomatoes and snow peas look like perfect examples. And...I've always loved this poem.

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