I am sitting in France as I write this post. Not really France, but France of the Epcot variety. I am sitting in France alone, eating lunch. For those of you who travel for business, this may not be such a big deal, eating alone that is. But for me, I have spent my entire life avoiding eating alone. I am a self conscious creature by nature and eating alone brings out some of my biggest insecurities.
For me, sharing a meal with other people, is not just about the food, but the fellowship as well. Can you have fellowship when you are alone? As it turns out, you can, and I did! In fact, I sat for a good hour at my little bistro table, soaking up the sun, people watching and reminiscing about my real time spent in France, so many years ago. Of course, I recalled the first thing I ate when I arrived in France for an internship. The lovely couple who picked me up from the airport gave me a sandwich to eat in the car on the way to their house. It was not the the foot-long submarine from Sub Station II in Clemson, which came with your choice of every type of vegetable, meat, cheese and condiment you could imagine. No, this was a simple sandwich on a piece of crusty baguette. One slice of ham, one slice of cheese and a light shmear of salted butter on the bread. C'est tout! I loved that sandwich then and as it turns out, it was not that far off from the baguette jambon au beurre that I was enjoying here in faux-France, Chez Disney. Okay, the Disney baguette, had two pieces of ham and two pieces of cheese, but when you are paying $8.00 for a sandwich, I appreciate the extras.
The bottom line is, to take the time to enjoy your meal, whether it is a feast with family and friends, or a simple lunchtime sandwich. Your body with thank you for the nourishment that it's given when consumed in a mindful way. So remember to make every plate something to be passionate about, even if it is a paper plate.
Baguette Jambon au Beurre:
1 5-6 inch piece of fresh, crusty baguette
1 thin slice of best quality ham
1 thin slice of Emmenthaler cheese
1/2 TB of salted butter, room temperature
Slice baguette horizontally, but not all the way through. Spread each side of bread with softened butter and place the ham and cheese inside.
Close the sandwich and place on a plate. Sit down at a table and savor this simple delicacy!