Since writing this post originally in January, I’ve been thinking about the topic of found pleasure a lot. Today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, is inspired by it. Please add your little passions in the comments section. Who knows what may become of this? Maybe even a book . . .
Last night I was thinking about those delicious little morsels we treasure and, sometimes, jealously guard, the nibbles we savor first or set aside for a last luxurious bite. I’m not talking complicated recipes or recipes at all, but something more akin to found pleasure: The sweet crisp heart of a watermelon, marrow sucked from the round bone of a shoulder lamb chop, a perfectly tender artichoke heart, crisp chicken and turkey skin, a bite of a root beer Popsicle that has reached the perfect temperature.
I remember actor John Goodman saying, in an interview with Larry King, that if he ever wrote his autobiography it would be entitled “Chicken Skin and Salt.” I laughed because I knew exactly what he meant. We don’t talk about these little pleasures much, likely because they are so fleeting and also because they tend to be found rather than created.
But I want to know about them and I suspect others do, too.
Do you have a favorite morsel like I’m describing? Or a story that involves one? If so, please share it here. I’ll compile a list and we’ll see where it goes . . .