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in the kitchen

I think that you can tell a lot about a person by observing their habits around food. And, I am no different.

For instance, I have been eating the same sandwich almost everyday for lunch since high school (that's over 10 years). Ok, not the exact same (the bread changes), but pretty much. Tomato, avocado, cucumber and cheese. In my vegetarian days I'd throw in a slice of veggie ham. In my carnivorous days, a slice of real ham. And as of late, when it's around, a slice of turkey. If you were so inclined you could probably extrapolate from that semi-regular slice of turkey that these days I'm on the fence about my decision to start eating meat again.

I also have this same day-in-day-out habit when it comes to my breakfast. Toni's sheep's milk yoghurt, muesli, occasionally a few berries, a cup of rooibos tea and a glass of lemon water. The lemon water used to be orange juice, but the quality of o.j. in Austria is pretty low unless you squeeze your own. I did that for a while but then got tired of lugging home bags of oranges every week.

So, what can you tell about a girl who eats the same breakfast and lunch everyday? Well, that I like my routines. I develop habits (good ones, I hope) and stick to them. When Big Chuck offers to grab me a croissant for breakfast I usually say no thanks. I'm not sure why? I love croissants but somehow I love the predictability of my own breakfast more.

I know what you're thinking, "Bess! Live a little!". Well, I do. In all the other areas of my life I would consider myself to be quite the risk taker. After high school I went to school for, and then worked as, a contemporary dancer = risky. I quit design school and moved to a foreign country where I didn't know the language or a single person besides Big Chuck = risky. I have started my own business and have the nerve to think I could make living from it = risky.

I guess it's in the small everyday moments of life that I still crave a routine, a predictable bowl of muesli to greet me each morning.

How about you? Any habits that you can't (don't want to) let go of?

Bess

(images: Bess Callard)