Coffee and Orange juice

I enjoy the first hours of the day very much. Coffee before anything else.  Two cups.  A look at the press online (El País, New York Times, Sur, Boston Globe...)  Then I'm ready for some fresh squeezed orange juice.  I love to make orange juice every morning.  Two or three oranges and half a lemon.  I usually have a piece of bread and some really fine extra virgin olive oil with the juice.  And an actimel, that's that liquid yogurt with live bacteria; I don't know what it's called in English, but it's good. Then maybe a little more juice with a couple of tablespoons of bee pollen.  That's not the best tasting thing in the world, but it's ok and I've read that bee pollen is loaded with all kinds of amino acids and vitamins.  One of Arabic's great gifts to the Spanish language is the word azahar, flower in Arabic.  In Spanish it refers specifically to the white flowers of citric trees.  The Spanish word for chance, azar, comes from the same Arabic word, most likely from the association between luck and certain flowers.  Federico García Lorca includes azahar in his rich repertoire of enigmatic imagery:  "Llevo azahar, lleva olivas,/Andalucía, a tus mares."

1 comment:

  1. Dear Mark, I can see you enjoying your morning routine, step by step,sipping coffee,juice...I could even smell the azahar flowers in the gardens next to the "Ayuntamiento"! I wish I could be there with you! :-) Asun