One of Life's Greatest Sensual Pleasures
by Ann Zuccardy
Tasting, experiencing and writing about
new food and drink is not just my livelihood. To me, it’s
in the top five of life’s greatest pleasures... to be
enjoyed slowly, purposefully, with all of the senses.
Next time you treat yourself to something
as divine as home-baked shortbread, why not try this:
1. Find a softly lit, secluded spot where
you can be alone with just the shortbread. Take a moment to
breathe deeply and engage all five of your senses.
2. Gently lift the parcel of buttery goodness.
Peel the protective wrap away, and behold the golden confection...
ahh, shortbread. Simple. Elegant. Perfect.
3. Close your eyes, and lean in. Deeply
inhale the gentle sweetness... the aroma of creamery butter...
the unmistakable whiff of homemade freshness that delights
your appreciative nose. With the tip of your finger, slowly
and deliberately trace the baked-in heart and flower motif.
Observe the way the pattern feels against your skin. Imagine
how the same texture will soon be received by your hungry
4. Break off a small wedge of the shortbread.
Lift the bite ever so slowly to your lips, and prepare to
welcome the thin layer of sweet raspberry jam, sandwiched
between layers of moist, buttery, decadent cookie. Smile in
knowing anticipation of what's to come.
5. Again, close your eyes, fully engaging
all of your senses. Take a deep breath for one last pregnant
pause... then deliver the shortbread cookie to its rightful
home... your eager mouth! Inevitably, time will seem to stop
as the shortbread melts upon your tongue, spreading its luxurious
flavor. You may find that an involuntary groan slips from
your gratified lips.
6. Resist the urge to gnaw off inappropriately
large slabs of this sinful treat and gobble them with reckless
abandon. Instead, repeat steps one through five, savoring
every precious second of the shortbread sensory experience.
In all likelihood, your shortbread session
will be truly satisfying.
Copyright 2006 Ann
Zuccardy. All rights reserved. This article edited by Wordfeeder.com
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