December 26 – Soul Food What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
This one is so easy. Food! I have been studying for that blood test, the one where you have to fast for 12 hours and they check cholesterol levels. For a month I have eaten oatmeal for breakfast, and beans for either lunch or dinner (sometimes both!). I have cut back on white flour, white sugar and animal fat. And I have been decaffeinating gradually. This week I’m down to 1/4 caff, 3/4 decaff. But none of that touched my soul.
On a particularly dark day, in the middle of a dark, scary summer, my friends came over. I made a cheesecake and bought a bottle of wine. Jane, unexpectedly, brought a pie. Not just any pie. She taught me how to make her crust, but I don’t do it as well as she does. It’s not made with crisco <shuddering> or butter, it’s made with olive oil. The filling for this pie was sour cherry and raspberry; cherries she picked from the orchard and pitted by hand, and raspberries from her garden.
She always makes a lattice top.
Friends, pie, wine. We four ate the whole pie and drank 2 bottles of wine. It touched my soul.