I couldn’t be happier than I was this past Saturday. There are few things in life that bring me as much joy as the simple pleasure of having breakfast in bed. I woke up to the birds chirping. The little song birds sounded so sweet as I made my way toward the kitchen. I bought two dozen beautiful pink roses the night before and had them waiting for me in the windowsill, always a delightful sight. I took my time warming up Cafe L’Amour. I started a pot of coffee, I simply adore my percolator, the nostalgia of it, my mother gave it to me. The French dark roast beans from Trader Joe’s released a heavenly aroma into the atmosphere. I prepared a cup with sugar, cream and Kahula and placed it at its side, put on the jazzy sounds of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and the like and started amorous cooking. I began with preparing the grits, I couldn’t find the old school yellow grits, but the slow cooking Quaker grits worked just fine. I mixed in New York sharp white cheddar cheese and swirled a bit of heavy cream through them, covered the pot and set them on the backburner while I prepared the shrimp and Andouille sausage mixture to go over the top. With the diced sausage sizzling, I added crushed garlic and the shrimp and let that go for a minute before adding a little pilsner and chicken broth to simmer.
I prepared heart-shaped pancakes and an egg over easy. Next, I prepared my fruit plate, broiled the grapefruit (grapefruit brulee) with a little sugar, rinsed off the champagne grapes and raspberries and dressed up my breakfast tray by adding a celebratory glass of mimosa.
It’s Saturday! I ordered myself to forget the dishes and to immediately get back in the bed! Always a great destination for pleasure. As I stretched out in my silky pink chemise, surrounded by pink roses and happy to be alive, I reflected on all of the wonderful things in my life with each delicious bite. Viewing life through rose colored lenses of pleasure, I realized that pleasure serves as the centerpiece of living life as a love affair.
In fact, I decided to stay in bed pretty much all day, only getting up to soak in a divine bubble bath. Before that, I caught up on the episodes of Masters of Sex that I missed the last two weeks. Very interesting series. I’m drawn to it for the obvious reason. It’s a series about the first doctor to actually study the pleasure of human sexuality and in particular, the study of female sexuality. Its the striking parallel between Dr. Masters’ assistant and I are blaring, not to mention the subtle eroticism of our names. Someone once told me that ‘Gina Johnson’ is a stripper’s name. I had to think about that for just a moment. Then it occurred to me, you can’t spell vagina without Gina and we all know that a play name for a penis is ‘Johnson’. Then you have Virginia Johnson, Dr. Masters’ assistant. Again with the vagina, it is often called ‘Ginny’, which is how Dr. Masters often references his assistant, and professionally, he’ll call her, ‘Ms. Johnson’. It’s lively word play to say the least, but the irony of our names and our areas of interest, keep me absorbed in the series.
Cooking is an art of enjoyment and sensuality. Café L’Amour is a place of seduction, a temple of love. A pursuit of pleasure for its own sake, which I trust was also the reason for Dr. Masters’ study. Seduce yourself with graceful surroundings, excellent food and wine, beautiful objects and a sexy breakfast and sexy TV. I encourage you to make time to savor the best life has to offer, big and small, it’s The Pleasure Principle.
To your sensual appetite,
Honey L’Amour, a culinary seductress
COUNTRY GRITS WITH A CITY TWIST
- 1 cup of yellow grits (not instant)
- 1 cup of grated sharp New York white cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of cubed chicken Andouille sausage (Trader Joe’s)
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 3 cubes of Dorot’s crushed garlic (love these; stock them in your freezer!)
- 1 pound of shrimp (I used pre-cleaned and cooked shrimp)
- 1/4 cup of beer (I used a pilsner)
Follow package directions for grits. Stir in cheese, butter and then cream.
Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add sausage. Add garlic and shrimp. When garlic begins to brown, add beer and chicken stock. Simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cook your eggs over easy or sunny side up and make your pancakes.
Masters of Sex, Showtime