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MANGIA! February 25, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Happiness.

F~O~O~D is my favorite four-letter-word.

I adore everything from vibrant health-producing fruits and veggies filled with fiber and anti-oxidants ~ ripe strawberries, fresh pineapple, gorgeous grapes, grilled asparagus, crunchy carrots, red pepper . . .

To plates of warm and welcoming Southern Comfort ~ Fried Green Tomatoes, Hot Buttered Grits, Red Beans & Rice . . .

To sweet treats and decadent desserts ~ Chocolate Bread Pudding with Warm Bourbon Sauce and Dark Chocolate Lace . . .

Eating is a daily indulgence that adds variety and spice to life.  Being able to eat three times a day makes me happy . . . three times a day.

If I could take a magic pill every day to be healthy, trim, and fit my entire life . . . as long as I did NOT eat or drink anything else . . . I would refuse the pill and order an extra-large pizza.

Better a short life filled with F~O~O~D than an endless stream of days punctuated only by a bitter pill to swallow.  And water to wash it down.

How about you?

Related posts:  Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Indulge * Life is Short . . . Eat Dessert First * Indulge ~ Tarte Aux Fruits (Piglet in Portugal) * Indulge ~ La King’s Confections (NOLA Girl at Heart) * The Art of Dressing for Dinner (The Accidental Cootchie Mama)


1. rutheh - February 25, 2012

Can’t think of a better four letter word myself. Ahhhh FOOD!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Happy Eating, Ruth! 😀

2. Tammy - February 25, 2012

I’m pretty sure you know where I stand. 😉 I love to shop for it, grow it, buy it, prepare it, eat it and watch others do so too.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I do know where you stand . . . and sit . . . and where you roast your cauliflower.

Mmm . . . roasted cauliflower. 😀

3. Piglet in Portugal - February 25, 2012

If I don’t think about food I don’t eat. The more I eat the more I want 😦
pure greed really when you stop and think about it.

I thought I’d put a copyright notice on my buddha belly picture!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Bwhahaha! I love the Buddha Belly. 😀

I find that if I allow myself the freedom to eat whatever and whenever I want . . . I eat less. And move more.

granny1947 - February 25, 2012

Hehehe…too much information!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Ya think? 😉

4. Pix at Under the Oaks - February 25, 2012

Bring on the FOOD! Heavenly Cupcakes! Oatmeal Whoopies! The World’s BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies, potato pancakes, green beans and almonds(no plastic steamer bag), Buddha Belly Donuts! Oh My!!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Ha! That’s great, Pix . . . it sounds like we were trying to fatten you up with cupcakes, cookies, and whoopie pies. 😀

I love crispy potato pancakes. I may make some this weekend.


5. Joanne - February 25, 2012

What better way to get a respomse from an Italian than to write about food and punctuate it with the one Italian word I grew up understanding ~ MANGIA!

Actually, it was synchronicity that got my attention, along with that familiar word. I read the part about chocolate bread pudding and laughed, because this weekend I had intentions of using up some ingredients I’ve had in the cupboard and the freezer to make specifically a chocolate bread pudding.

That settles it ~ I know what I’ll be making today ~ have to pass on the Bourbon, though, as that’s not one of my items. MANGIA 😉

Joanne - February 25, 2012

Oh! And I wil most definitely pass on the little pill that would cause me to forfeit my birthright to enjoy food!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

You might not live FOREVER on the Bitter Pill Diet . . . but I bet it would feel like it! 😉

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

That’s great, Joanne! What a perfect way to put your kitchen and “leftover ingredients” to good use.

Nothing like being surrounded by great Italian cooking and hearing that command . . . Mangia!

6. suzicate - February 25, 2012

Food is a fabulous four letter word! Goodness, all these pictures of food have my mouth watering…I better go eat!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Last Saturday, I made Fried Green Tomatoes for the FIRST TIME ~ I’d eaten them out, but never in.

Mid-morning, I decided I wanted to try making them for lunch. Rather than searching for a recipe, I just coated the slices with a bit of flour and cornmeal (mixed with pepper and cayenne pepper). Sauteed them in a bit of olive oil. PERFECT!

And the grits dripping with butter weren’t too shabby either. 😉

Weekends are a great time to PLAY with Food. Happy Eating!

7. sonsothunder - February 25, 2012

My favorite four letter word too…This all looks wonderful!!!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I’m glad that it’s almost LUNCHTIME . . . so I can indulge in a few more indulgences. 😀

8. BrainRants - February 25, 2012

Just had to put a picture of fried green ‘maters up there, didn’t you, Nancy? Now that’s stuck in my big fat head.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I’m so pleased I decided to make them for the first time . . . they turned out DELICIOUS and paired perfectly with grits.

I bet they’d be good with BACON too. 😉

BrainRants - February 25, 2012

True! They’re great as a side to fried chicken, which also meshes well with grits. Damn, I’m hungry.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Same here, Matt. Writing this post made me drool with anticipation for our next revitalizing repast.

If you want to be even hungrier, check out the links . . . Yes. Please. May I have some more?

9. klrs09 - February 25, 2012

I am definitely with you on this one! I LOVE food. As I get older I keep telling myself I have to eat less, and eat more of the stuff that’s good for me. But then, there’s this little devil on my shoulder saying: “what the hell for? go on enjoy! life’s not going to last forever.” But then another voice pops up saying: “yeah, but if you stay away from the ‘good’ stuff and eat only the GOOD stuff, your life just might last a little longer.” So, what’s an aging girl to do, I ask.? Love all the pics — made me hungry — again. LOL

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Thanks, klrs! For me, BALANCE is the key to enjoying all the good things in life!

If I try to consume “too much” (too much sleep, too much fat, too much screen time, too much sugar), I stop feeling good . . . no matter how enjoyable the activity at the outset.

So now I eat when hungry . . . and sleep when tired. 😀

It helps that things that are good for me taste good to me.

10. Ruth - February 25, 2012

Oh yes, what a great “Indulge” post and pics! And I’d take pizza over pills (even magic ones) too, any old day.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Just so! Why would we have the senses of taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing if we weren’t intended to indulge them (on a daily basis) with tastes, textures, aromas, vistas, visages, music and laughter? 😀

11. Pocket Perspectives - February 25, 2012

mmmmm….mmmmmm….I’ll take the yummy food….

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I know one person who would choose The Bitter Pill diet. 😦

Almost everyone else I know would choose F~O~O~D . . . glorious F~O~O~D.

12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - February 25, 2012

What a spread!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

You and Katharine pique our appetites with your delicious cyber food on a regular basis . . . happy to return the favor. 😀

13. Julie - February 25, 2012

I could not agree more! Life without good food and (I would argue) good wine, would lose a lot of its lustre.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Yes, indeed. Wine too! 😀

14. kateshrewsday - February 25, 2012

Yup: you describe me to a tee 🙂 Lovely post, Nancy.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I figured that this would NOT be my most controversial post. Here’s to F~O~O~D in all its glorious permutations. 😀

15. Andra Watkins - February 25, 2012

Thanks for the ping, Nancy.

I adore eating. I couldn’t imagine taking a pill and not savoring my food.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

I hope/trust that you enjoyed MTM’s culinary endeavors tonight . . . can’t wait to hear what you thought of the wasabi ice cream. I cannot envision how it would taste.

16. souldipper - February 25, 2012

Oh no! I was just going for my daily hike to keep the thighs from crimping. You are incorrigible, Nancy. Where’s my almond chocolate bark?

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

We mixed it up a bit today, Amy ~ a lecture at the library on biking across America, a short walk on the beach, a trolley ride around the island, a longer walk around De Soto National Memorial, followed by wine and cheese while listening to the Amernet String Quartet on the lawn.

If you want to see real delectable treats . . . check out Jeanne’s blog (NOLA girl) ~ she shot the inside of a candy store. White chocolate praline sand dollar had my name written all over them.

souldipper - February 25, 2012

What a great way to spend a day…oogling, aaahing and noshing. I made it out for my walk. When I arrived back home, Tammy’s cauliflower and fennel soup was nicely simmered. I had added leek and quinoa – oh boy. It was perfect for my dull, grey, cool day.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Oh, that soup sounds FANTASTIC!!! I love quinoa . . . the perfect grain for cauliflower, leeks, and fennel.

We’ve been watching Two Fat Ladies on the cooking channel ~ they’ve been cooking up leeks and swiss chard and spinach . . . with a few of the “richer” ingredients they prefer. 😉

17. creatingreciprocity - February 25, 2012


nrhatch - February 25, 2012

We didn’t eat quite this well today . . . but we still enjoyed a variety of tantalizing tastes and textures. Food is such an integral part of our daily blessings.

18. aawwa - February 25, 2012

Great post! Food does play a big part in our lives. I have given up smoking,drinking and bad men! I am not giving up on food 🙂


nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Good for you, Lorraine! I laughed when I got to “bad men.” 😉 Food will be the LAST “vice” of mine to go . . . I don’t want to live life without spice.

19. Carl D'Agostino - February 25, 2012

Oh God this is heaven. Dawg. I’m pushin 230. That ain’t too bad. Ahem.

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

You wear it well, Carl!

Now . . . if I ever get close to 230, I’ll have to make drastic changes in my eating habits. Way to much for “someone of diminuative stature” (or as Randy Newman would say . . . “short people”). 😆

20. jeanne - February 25, 2012

Your speaking my language…FOOD!

nrhatch - February 25, 2012

Loved your photos, Jeanne! Sweets for the sweet. 😀

21. eof737 - February 26, 2012

This is perfect for the Indulge photo challenge. Yummy! 🙂

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

Thanks, E! It makes me want to create in the kitchen . . . and then eat the fruits of my labor. 😀

eof737 - March 1, 2012

I’m right there with you… pass the food please. 😉

nrhatch - March 1, 2012

We’ve been eating more raw food at meals . . . lots of crisp crunchy veggies and sweet fruit . . . but I’m not quite ready for a raw vegan diet that would not include P~I~Z~Z~A. 😉

22. Team Oyeniyi - February 26, 2012

You just HAD to get chocolate in there somewhere, didn’t you?

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

Yes. Yes, I did. 😉

23. Maggie - February 26, 2012

Wow… that picture just gave me a powerful craving for grits. 🙂

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

The best thing about grits . . . you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

My father got served grits for breakfast in SC. Puzzled, he looked at the waitress and said, “What’s that? I didn’t order it. I ordered bacon and eggs.”

The waitress snapped her gum and replied, “Them’s grits. You don’t order grits . . . they just come with.” 😀

Maggie - February 26, 2012

Yup – a staple of the South. 🙂 Grits go with pretty much anything.

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

I adore them . . . and the name is perfect given the texture.

24. Maggie L R - February 26, 2012

Oh you tricked me… starting out all healthy and such… don’t get me wrong, I love fruit and veggies too… then you moved on to the more decadent goodies… oh yeah… F~O~O~D is a favorite word and delight of mine.

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

Thanks, Maggie. I am a “tricky rabbit.” 😉

Happy Eating!

25. dorisrudddesigns - February 26, 2012

Ha, ha, F O O D is my favorite four letter word too! Wonderful shots.

nrhatch - February 26, 2012

Thanks, Doris. It appears to be a unaminous sentiment . . . life is better with F~O~O~D! 😀

26. spilledinkguy - February 27, 2012

I didn’t think I was hungry…
Not sure I’d want to take that pill, either. Although I could if I had to (assuming I got to wash it down with some Coke, of course)!

nrhatch - February 27, 2012

To paraphrase the Soup Nazi . . . No Coke for YOU!

Just agua. 😆

27. Monday Joy « - February 27, 2012

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nrhatch - February 27, 2012

What a great post, PTC. I’m “running late” at the moment, but will check out all these links when I get a chance later tonight.

Thanks for the kind words. Here’s to extra large pizzas . . . and NO bitter pills to swallow. 😀

28. Perfecting Motherhood - February 29, 2012

Delicioso! I love food too, in a good way so I do overdo it. I never deprive myself of a good meal. What can I say, I’m not French for nothing!

nrhatch - February 29, 2012

I’ve went to France once. The food was great ~ from very simple breakfasts (cafe au lait, petit pain, beurre, et l’orange) to pastries and cheese and wine while seated at an outdoor cafe.

Bon Appetit!

29. pix & kardz - March 1, 2012

what a yummy looking post!
however i have a question. what’s up with fried green tomatoes? i have heard of them, heard of the movie (i still want to see it), but have never had any. are they really as good as everybody makes them sound?

nrhatch - March 1, 2012

Thanks, Kris. Fried green tomatoes are as different from a red ripe tomato as green olives are from ripe olives (or as asparagus is from zucchini).

I expect that some people who like tomatoes would not enjoy the tang of fried green tomatoes, but some people who aren’t fans of tomatoes might love the tangy firmness of a fried green tomato. So, it’s a bit of personal preference. I love both. Especially with grits.

30. JannatWrites - March 1, 2012

I like food, too…it’s the other ‘F-word’. I’d skip the pill, too. A life without chocolate isn’t a life I want to live!

nrhatch - March 1, 2012

Exactly. Food is an awesome ADL (Activity of Daily Living).

31. Friday’s Fabulous Facts « - March 2, 2012

[…] hectares) of pizza a day.  This amounts to about 350 slices per second.  That is not including Nancy Hatch, who freely admits to the fact that she would increase the American average by at least a couple of […]

nrhatch - March 2, 2012

Hey . . . I resemble that remark! 😆

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