On my search for Lovely, I remembered a television show that always gives me a sense of beauty and calm–not to mention new recipes for delicious and easy food.
It’s been many years since I had cable at home and pleasures like watching the Food Network 24/7 are religated to seeing it here and there when visiting my mom or inlaws or the random reuruns that Netflix has aquired. Until it occured to me that I could buy seasons of my favorite cooking show on Prime Video. Done. (Only a couple of seasons, but well worth it.)
Why did this show fit my search for Lovely? It’s all about the feeling I get when watching it. It’s not a high pressure cooking competition (although I like those), or a hectic race to get the dish on the plate (that’s too much like life). Ina’s show is slow, peaceful, and tranquil. Beautiful. Here’s my list of lovely things I enjoy about this show in addition to the food.
- Beautiful gardens: Ina is always stepping outside to pick fresh herbs for a dish. Her gardens and ones that she visits on the show are like little corners of Heaven. Everything is lush and tidy at the same time.
- Clean and organized kitchen: The kitchen she uses on the show is all whites, and light brown cutting boards, green herbs in pots. Just so peaceful to look at.
- Trips to local markets and farm stands: This is one of my favorite things about the show. She goes to the local farm stands, specialty bread and cheese shops, etc. I love traveling along with her, vicariously visiting all these quaint stops.
- Flower arrangements: She loves to set the table with gorgeous flowers. Flowers are a must on my list of things that are lovely.
- Friends: She loves to cook for friends and have lovely little parties. I miss gatherings so much. Strange for an introvert like me to say.
- Good grammar: Of course. I joke, but I have to admit, I love that Ina says “me” when it should be “me,” and most people think it should be “I.”
So what’s the take-away if you don’t love this show or never plan to watch it? It’s the lovely. Visit a garden if you’re able. Plan and plant one when it’s time. Buy yourself some flowers. Cook with fresh herbs. Visit a small specialty shop–they probably really need your business. Call a friend.
Enjoy the slow, peaceful moments. Relax and look for the lovely.