“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” — Frederic Chopin
I’ve found that in most cases, the simplest (and calmest) pleasures in life are my favorites: tea, reading, sitting on the beach watching sailboats, a sunny day at the end of January, classical music, fresh cold water, clean white sheets, and food that just is. For instance, after making all of these (sometimes) elaborate and complicated recipes that require upwards of ten ingredients, I decided that tonight I wanted something simple. So using some sliced bell peppers and broccoli leftover from my fried rice, and grated parmesan cheese from my rigatoni, plus some simple vinaigrette dressing I made a small salad. As a side dish I had avocado topped only with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. It was all delicious. I could eat avocado and bell peppers by themselves anytime they’re so good: fresh, clean, and simple.