Food goes well with anything

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Familiar with this quote?

This is a great life lesson that teaches you about never giving up when you come across a boulder, don’t just give up, use your right side of your brains to think up of an idea. But to me, It’s telling me not to leave food to waste.

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Ever happen to you when you’re reading a book and parts of the book just make you think of food?

As I was reading All Quiet in the Western Front by  Erich Maria Remarque, I felt the pain and suffering seeping into my heart as the tragic stories were absorbed into my mind…

but at the same time, all I could think about was food.

Around the beginning of the book, the narrator talks about the front of the battle field and he refers to it as a “mysterious whirlpool…sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably, into itself.” The deep representation of the front that the narrator describes as the whirlpool…just makes me think of delicious food.

steak

Just look at that.

The smell of  steak sucking me…slowly…irresistibly…making me drool like a dog looking at a big juicy bone.I’m sure that has happened to you before, not just with steak but with all kinds of food.

In another part of the book, there was a scene where the narrator describes:

“An uncertain red glow spreads along the skyline from one end to the other. It is the perpetual movement, punctuated with the bursts of flame…”

As a student in English class, I can imagine the strip of sky lined with red, and the horizon of the land sparking with flames here and there. The artistic view so dramatic yet to the soldiers, it would cause their hearts to beat faster, body pumping with adrenaline, mind racing at the thought of actually being at that spot in minutes.

But as I imagined that, I saw myself at a K-BBQ restaurant.

kbbq with fire

In a crowded restaurant where everyone is almost back to back, you have to yell at your neighbor because of the noise. The smoke of the fire fill the room with delicious smell, and the sound of the meat sizzling makes you just more impatient. Occasionally, the flame rises above the grill and wave hello, which just makes your heart leap with excitement.

Another scene was when Paul (the main character) returns home for a break is nagged by his father about being in the front. Paul said that “he does not know that a man cannot talk of such things…it is too dangerous to put these things into words.”

That made me remember the many times I took a bite into the food and when someone asked me how it tasted, I just give them the look that says “You know I can’t describe it, so don’t even ask.”

Or I just let out a long groan of happiness. 🙂

You know,

sometimes, I feel like I might have that moment where when I take a bite, fireworks explode around me. Sparks of happiness surrounding me, tickling me with joy, as every bite makes me lust for more.

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These scenes remind me of all the good times I had with food, and I sit tight with eagerness, wondering as I get deeper into the novel, what other stories might my memories tell me of my life with food.

Has this ever happened to you?

Raining Chocolate

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One thought on “Food goes well with anything

  1. Well Raining Chocolate, it appears to me that you have an extremely strange and deep passion for food……

    But not as much as I do! 🙂

    I find this post quite interesting because you were able to relate your experiences with food to an event or passage in the story. Very creative indeed. Although it’s 6 in the morning and I just had breakfast, somehow this post has made me even hungrier. It’s very sad that soldiers don’t really get to enjoy the things we do and eat out here. However, it’s amazing how they always find happiness in the smallest things. I find their adaptability very intriguing and respectable. It reminds me to treasure the littlest things in life because it can be gone in the blink of an eye. For example, having a piece of cake in front of you and within an instant, like magic, it transports into your belly before you get to even open your eyes after blinking… or eating your favorite candy while you happen to be walking and you tripped on a rock and spilled all of your candy. Yes, I know. I’m cringing just thinking about this too.

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