For my first big dinner party as a young 20-something, I made Cornish Game Hens stuffed with wild rice. I also served fettuccini with a lemon cream sauce, a tossed green salad, steamed asparagus, and homemade brownies with vanilla ice cream topped with sliced strawberries. Now, at face value, this seems like a reasonable menu; however, let me repeat, “Cornish game hens stuffed with wild rice???”
I had never made Cornish game hens before, let alone stuffed ones, and my experience with wild rice had never been a positive one. I had no idea how long they would take to cook, and my fettuccine was finished long before the meat; hence, I ended up serving the pasta cold. I also failed to inquire whether any of my guests were vegetarians, of which there was one.
All I remember from that party was the stress and the cursing going on in my head. (Well, and the coagulated cream sauce on the cold pasta.)
You would think I would simplify my dinner menus going forward, but no, I continued to dream up menus right off the pages of Bon Appétit that would challenge all but the most seasoned chefs. And I continued to stress with each party, never fully enjoying them.
But a funny thing happens as you get older, a bit of wisdom begins to reign down, and you start to realize that all of those late nights, and stress over entertaining isn’t worth it. You don’t want to feel that way anymore. You want to enjoy your guests…and a glass of wine. And so, out of necessity, you start to simplify. Your dinner menus start to read: Salmon on the grill, rice in a pot, and triple washed greens from a bag. Dessert is purchased shortbread cookies with ice cream. The guests are just as satisfied, thrilled to be treated to dinner, and the entertaining stress on you is low.
I believe that so many aspects of our modern life could be simplified and none more than how and what we eat and drink.
Consider the current juicing craze. While I am not disputing the nutritional value of “juicing,” I find the whole process over the top. From the amount of produce one must buy for a single glass, to the disposing of the non-juice bits, to the cleaning of the juicer. Makes me start to sweat just thinking about it. Now, if you are a dedicated juicer who doesn’t mind all of that, then, tallyho, keep it going, my friend!
But, if you, like me, prefer a simpler, nutritional beverage to start your day, I recommend a simple glass of warm lemon water.
Drinking that one mug of warm water with a quarter of a lemon will:
- Balance the pH in your body reducing sickness and disease.
- Boost your immune system with Vitamin C and potassium.
- Aid in weight loss.
- Improve digestion.
- Clear skin.
- Hydrate lymph system.
- Act as a gentle diuretic.
- Cleanse your system.
- Stimulate your liver.
- Plus, more energy, anti-aging properties, less stress, more focus!
Here are three articles that go into detail about the benefits of drinking lemon water:
The Chalkboard – Simplest Tip Ever: Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon
MindBodyGreen – 5 Amazing Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water
Livestrong – Benefits of Lemon Water
Cheers to lemon water and keeping it simple, my friends!!
PS: If any of you are wondering why I haven’t responded to your emails, text messages, or voice messages, and have gone radio silent on social media the past week or so, blame it on our newest family member, Benson. Don’t let his sweet face fool you. He’s all snuggly and cuddly during the day, but at night, (specifically at 3:30am) he turns into a crazed Slug Hunter (and eater….Ooo, gross!!)