Yesterday, after my daughter's art class, we came home to eat leftover ribs for lunch. We'd gotten ribs from a place down the street for Friday night's big night out.
Normally, in my prior life, I would have either microwaved them, or just thrown them in the oven and hoped to heat them right, or maybe tried them cold!
This time... I sat down and googled how to REALLY reheat leftover ribs. Because somehow in the last 2 months I've started thinking that it really, really matters that the food be wonderful before we eat it. So, it turns out that a 250 oven, the ribs sealed in foil for an hour, with a few minutes under the broiler flame to finish them off is recommended.
I brought them out of the oven, put them on the lovely plates we use every day, with some broccoli and fruits from the table, and Savannah exclaimed that the ribs were so good, and that the house smelled great.
We were seated, the plates were pretty, the food tasted like real food, not reheats.
I think no matter what you've found works for you in what you eat, I think that a huge part of a healthy, happy relationship with food is love for it and the kindness to yourself in caring about its presentation, quality, and taste.
I remember being struck by Nikki Giovanni's statement on Bill Moyers... and thinking, "I think I understand.. but I'm in a hurry. Perhaps she's not in a hurry." But here is what she said. I'm still busy, but I agree with her and understand now:
“I refuse to do drive-through. I am not a grazer, I am not a cow. You eat. You sit down. You put a napkin there. And it has to have the colors. If you’re having a steak then you’ll have a little carrots because it’s really yellow, and it looks good. And maybe a little broccoli. So that the plate — first, you plate it. And my aunt, because my uncle died, and she’d been very sad. And I had to call her and say, “Ag, what’d you have for” — you know, because she didn’t have any daughters, right? And so I said, “Ag, what’d you have for dinner?” She said, “Oh, I just had a bowl of cereal.” I said, “You can’t do that. You have to plate your food.” You have to take of yourself. I’ve started to have massages because it’s like, I have to make time to have a massage. It feels great, somebody just rubbing oil in your back. Where’s the downside? You have to do things to remind yourself that it’s a really good idea to be alive.”
-From Bill Moyers’ interview with Nikki Giovanni