slice of life 26 June 2014


What is a slice of life? I’ve been reading about writing “slice of life” pieces. How do you take a life and slice it up? When you do, can you ever put it back together? I guess when you take a slice of cake or pie or lasagna, it lets you see right into the messy innards that make up a delicious bite, or you can feel all the lumps of flour or the bitter cocoa that wasn’t mixed in properly or maybe some raw bits of meat not cooked long enough. A slice  of life could be that perfectly browned (my friend Kali calls it the Maillard reaction) wave of merengue atop bright yellow sweet smooth lemon on a flaky crust–but is it real if you discount the precise measuring of eggs, sugar and lemon, or the exact amount of boiling or the way you have to whip the egg whites to achieve those high peaks and then bake it just until golden brown? Sometimes you take it out and it looks like a shiny picture in a gourmet food magazine, but when you cut into it, it is a sloppy puddle of lemon goo on a soggy crust with meringue sails floating on top. Messy, ugly and utterly yummy! Definitely a slice of life.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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