A Feast of Smells
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A Feast of Smells

Do you pay attention to the smells that surround you everyday?  I know I certainly don’t.  And with the chronic sinus trouble I’ve had since moving to the UK, I know my sense of smell isn’t quite as sharp as it used to be.  But we’ve got a sense of smell for a reason don’t we?  To give us more information about the world around us, warn us of dangers like when food gets rotten or when there’s a fire.  Or to let you know when you need to cleanup that nightmare poo your child’s just done.  But smells also stir emotions and memories, heightening our experiences in life.

Last night I made a dish that I’ve made several times before but had never really thought about why I like it so much.  Is it because it’s easy?  YES.  Is it because it’s yummy?  Yes.  But as I looked at the ingredients I’d gathered on the cutting board, I realized that I also enjoy making and eating this because it just smells so good. The aromas of the lemons, rosemary, and garlic just have a little party in my nose making the meal more delicious.  And the scents even hang around in the house for a while reminding me of a nice home cooked meal.

Why not take note of the smells you come across today?  You might rediscover a bit of the world you’ve taken for granted.

And, if you’re interested, I made Heston’s Tagliata with Rocket and Parmesan Salad.  Highly recommended.

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  • Reply HONEY June 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    smells that “just have a little party in my nose”…….I LOVE THAT combination of words……..you “gift me” with something totally new and exciting every time RAYS OF LIGHT appears…..!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Amanda June 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I like Gardenia. Not sure why, makes me a bit nostalgic. And mint, reminds me of mojitos!

    • Reply katherine June 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Gosh, it’s like you’re reading my mind. I just wrote down yesterday before I posted this some of the other smells I really like Gardenia was on the list and mint. And I wrote, “mint, but in mojitos, not food.” Sounds like we need to go out for mojitos soon. Ha!

  • Reply Jess June 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Totally understand! When my son was in the NICU 17 years ago, I would be away from the hospital and randomly be assulated by his sweet baby smell, just like he was right there with me. So powerful. and I love the smell of a dinner being cooked for my family.

  • Reply Matma June 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Just love the smell of sawdust.
    Great rejoicing when Jim came home after helping Ben with the new Deck.

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