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What do you do that makes you happy? – just you.

And what stops you from doing it, or doing more of it?

I guess most of us will say we do not have enough time, we are busy, we have other commitments and we hope to get round to it one day.

But the time to stop and plan does not appear and we cruise along with the tumbling flow of day-to-day pressures.

With my diagnosis of breast cancer came the gift of time – something I have been short of for years. ┬áTime to read, reflect and re-think what makes me happy.

The time I have is filled with the loving kindness of friends who have shared so much with me. One gave me this delightful book – and I share it with you.

The School of Essential Ingredients is Erica Bauermeister’s first novel. Her love of slow food and slow life was instilled by her two years spent living in northern Italy with her husband and children. The book follows the lives of eight students who gather in Lillian’s Restaurant every Monday evening for a cookery class. And yet the story is not about cooking – it is about the lives of the students as they search for something beyond the routine of food and kitchen.

It is about savouring the richness of the moment and paying attention to the possibilities it brings.

One of the most essential ingredients of all is time. If you stop and think about it, every meal you eat, you eat time – the weeks it takes to ripen a tomato, the years to grow a fig tree. And every meal you eat is time out of your day.

How can we be so disrespectful to our body and our food that we eat standing up; we eat as we walk along the street; or we shoot our meals into our stomach without giving our taste buds a chance? Is this what we want?

While she was writing the book two of Erica’s closest friends died of cancer. Her experience of the highs and lows of life adds richness to the characters in her book

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven

Maybe a key skill for life is not about searching for happiness but learning how to recognise when we are happy . . .


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