French onion soup with fresh thyme and gruyère cheese, coconut crȇpe wrapped around halibut delicately poached in truffle butter, forest foraged ramp risotto topped with prosciutto and dusted with fresh parmesan, crack pie with milk ice cream on a vanilla tuile and a French canelé with a malt barley and hazelnut latté. Yum. Chris Godfrey’s twelve course meal in a can sounds amazing.
The optimist underestimates how difficult it is to achieve real change, believing that anything is possible and it's possible now. Only by confronting head-on the reality that all progress is going to be obstructed by vested interests and corrupted by human venality can we create realistic programmes that actually have a chance of success.
“A growing body of research shows that when you share a laugh with someone, you’re mirroring not only one another’s body language, but also the hormonal and neuronal activity, prompting a mutual investment in each other’s well-being. That’s a bond of kindness–and you’ll need acts of kindness to make it in any career.”
Bruce Fieler’s New York Times article about the importance of family narratives is fascinating. Apparently understanding where our families come from and the good and bad times they've had is the “best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.”
Evidently, it’s not just the knowledge, but also the process by which these things came to be known - repeated family conversations at meal times, for example. Apparently that shared knowledge creates an “intergenerational self,” a belief that creates resilience from the knowledge that we are part of something that started long before.
"While we often assume that people become powerful because of their superior thinking skills, research shows that the relationship flows in the other direction as well: power changes the way a person thinks, making them better at focusing on relevant information, integrating disparate pieces of knowledge, and identifying hidden patterns than people who are powerless."
Sarah Regan has created Little Flowers, offering just one bunch of amazing flowers fresh from the markets each day for just $25, including delivery. Each day the bunch on offer is posted on the website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and usually sells out within hours. Lovely.