January 27, 2012

First and Last Taste of the Day

From the early morning hours to the final moments before going to bed we are all tasting the zest of LIFE.
Yes, taste is one of the five senses, which gives us ability to detect the flavor of ... everything.
Have you ever thought what life would be like without taste? 
Such a question always comes to mind when I am sick and have no senses. 
Food, for example, might be less tempting, but Life ...oh, life would be  b.o.r.i.n.g
Thereon, the right question is: when I feel well, do I pay attention to the taste and texture of the food I am eating?
You probably see where I am going with this.
I have read a lot of books about mindful eating and I understand the concept of it :
"Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body. We pay attention to the colors, smells, textures, flavors, temperatures, and even the sounds (crunch!) of our food. We pay attention to the experience of the body." Jan Ch. Bays, M.D. in Mindful Eating.

When the alarm clock rings and I open my eyes in the morning, I think about this "first morning taste", I really do.
Not necessarily a pleasant one, but it gives me sense of presence and aliveness. It also helps me to slow down and not rush into the hustle of the kitchen and the day. 
One of the most delightful part of my morning is that first sip of my latte - 
not so sweet, 
soft and strong,
with a bitter after-note,
always being accompanied by the first ray of sunlight
bearing the beginning of a new experience.
I remember this taste and whenever I need a second of peace and gladness, I think about it. 
Yet, creating the last taste of the day gives me more delight. Donald Altman wrote: 
The last taste is an opportunity to acknowledge your fullness and satisfaction. It can signify finding balance. Don't take the last taste for granted. End your day by eating consciously and skillfully. What do you want your last taste of the day to be? A soothing cup of aromatic tea? A glass of chilled water?"
It has become kind of a ritual for me to prepare something delicious before going to bed.
My favorite last taste of the day is the flavor of 

                                  LAVENDER Sleep Tight MILK

The recipe is more than simple and I suggest to give it a try.
As you know lavender soothes the body and mind and makes it the perfect ingredient for a bedtime drink. This lavender milk leaves a sense of a delicate taste with a little spicy kick... not bad for the end for the day.

2 cups milk
1 tbsp lavender flowers ( keep in mind dried lavender flowers are three times stronger than the fresh lavender )
2 tsp honey, preferably lavender
freshly grated nutmeg (optional) 

Put the milk, lavender, and honey in a saucepan and heat it gently until the milk just reaches boiling point. Remove from the heat and let it infuse for 10 min.
Strain the milk into 2 cups and serve dusted with a freshly nutmeg. 
I actually don't like nutmeg and sometimes I dust cocoa instead of it. 

don't forget to use your beautiful fine bone china cup. 
Everything tastes better in it :)
Then, with a book and a cup of hot lavender milk
take delight in a simple pleasure.
Pay attention to the taste of the lavender milk-
remarkably comforting in winter.

 Vintage Rosina Bone China made in England

Food and drinks not only nourish the body, but provide nourishment for the soul.
By allowing ourselves to consciously taste the flavor of what we eat and drink, we find the nurturing moments 
that make a life
we make more mindful food choices
throughout the day.

What do you want your first and last taste of the day to be, 
dear friend ?

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog!



  1. Oh Sylvia,

    This is an absolutely GORGEOUS POST!!! Everything about it speaks to my senses in every way. I love the taste of lavender for the perfume of it holds many memories. AND it is a great calming herb that coupled HERE as you show can only equal such PLEASURE!!! Enjoy dearest and snuggle up! Anita

  2. I am here with my precious friend Anita, and what a post this is, beautiful Sylvia!
    I can just taste that lavender milk..and the teacup, so gorgeous!
    Sylvia, dear, I cannot wait to see a book from you someday soon..your exquisite images and wisdom, you are amazing. Thank you for reminding us to slow down, savor, and really taste life..
    Love and light to you dearest, and a beautiful weekend!
    - Irina

  3. Lovely post!

    That milk sounds intriguing I'll have to try it some time. :)

  4. I SO love this post. I found I held my breath slightly when I was reading and smiled at the end, brilliant writing. The teacup you have chosen is beautiful. I am going to have to find a special vintage cup to do my morning and evening tasting, the idea of it makes me feel happy inside. I think strong Earl Grey tea to start, perfumed and refreshing. The Lavender milk sounds delicious. Hugs from here.xxx

  5. This is very interesting, I have never really thought of it like that. I do know that my first taste of the day is my favorite, Chai latte and always brings a sense of calm to me, so sweet and so delicious. As far as the last taste, I never really think of it, I eat something to fill my tummy but not my soul. I will have to stop and think about it tonight, maybe try this delicious milk. Very interesting food for thought.

  6. Such a pretty cup of tea Sylvia. My first taste of the day is a cup of Earl Grey tea with milk. This is my last taste of the day too :-)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

  7. I have never thought about that! My first and last tastes! Love your post...and that teacup! I am with Madelief...earl grey all the way!
    Hugs to you and your photos are beautiful!

  8. This is a fantastic post! One I should abide by...but I hate to admit.I am eating Mint chocolate chip icecream right now....oops!
    Gypsea Nurse

  9. What a lovely thought, the first and last taste of the day to be special! And I love the lavender milk recipe! I will do it once I have lavender flowers.

  10. Hmmm, I've never really thought about this. Maybe if I savored my food a little more I'd weigh a little less, but my soul would be fuller :)

  11. Every time I have
    had a really bad
    cold and have lost
    my sense of taste,
    I panic, a bit. My
    mom lost hers for
    WEEKS and the doctor
    said that sometimes
    it doesn't come back.
    Thankfully, hers did,
    but I do have a friend
    at church who lost hers
    permanently. I will
    think about your very
    thoughtful post as I
    choose my "firsts and
    lasts" from now on!

    xx Suzanne

  12. What a beautiful post Sylvia !
    I will try your recipe for sleepy tea, it sounds very good !
    Stay well my Friend !

  13. Oh this is so beautiful, and dearest, thank you for visiting. Anita

  14. Dear Sylvia,

    Just read your comment. Your vintage tea party sounds lovely! I hope you will find your cups. Good Luck!

    Happy weekend & lieve groet,

    Madelief x

  15. Just coming by, dear Sea sister, to say hello, give a loving hug, and wish you a beautiful week!
    - Irina


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