Dreaming and philosophizing while you cook

From this month in Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow Daybook, after a discussion of ancient Greeks, Shakespeare, Keats, etc.:

Well, I think, as I carefully press two leaves of bay on the top of the meatloaf, who could ever say [cooking] is dull? It is packed with excitement. I have been to Athens, to Rome, and to...the mountains, all while stirring up a meatloaf.