I have been a gourmand all my life, from the time my grandfather fed me such delicacies as watermelon and olives as a child (not together, thankfully!) Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. They also mention that it was confused with gluttony in French history, but with gluttony being included as one the Seven Deadly Sins and gourmandise being now a French pastime, the more positive connotation has prevailed 🙂
I take the principle of gourmandise (enjoying to the fullest) in all areas of my life. I thoroughly enjoy cooking for friends and family, and sharing new tastes around a communal table. I am also a Sommelier, having discovered that wine and all its history is equally as interesting and intertwined in culture as the food with which it is paired. When I learned of “terroir” (“a sense of place” in French, referring to food tasting differently depending on where it is grown) the garden became the passion that rounded out my circle of life.
One of my best inspirations is my Chocolate Labrador, Ella. She follows in a long line of “Brown Girls” – Chocolate Labs that have reminded me over and over again the magic of living in the moment. She loves to eat, and to run through a meadow, and to swim on a sunny day, and never misses the chance for a snuggle. If I play my cards right and learn everything she has to teach me, I may come back as a Brown Girl in my next life…