This last week was both a reminder and a confirmation of how important food and cooking is to me.
My first reminder was actually with a business associate of my husbands. We were sitting at Sellands café, the three of us sipping some bubbles and I was talking about having started my blog. The topic of food took us through a journey of favorite restaurants, favorite recipes, what food means to his family and to ours. We carried on for at least an hour, and would have just kept going if it wasn't time to leave and meet more friends for a meal!
The next reminder was on an impromptu pizza dinner around my kitchen island with friends. This is actually a regular occurrence in my home, but it was after the conversation the night before it made me think about how a meal is so much more than the food. This is exactly why I'm so excited about this journey and so grateful to those who follow.
We live in a world that is filled with technology, our lives are busier than ever. I personally know so many of my friends seldom get the time to sit down for a meal. They're running around getting kids where they need to go, or working late for the next promotion, the scenarios are honestly endless. Pretty soon one night turns into 3 that turns into weeks and before you know it everyone's eating at different times and in different rooms.
Food is not just nourishment for the body but for the soul. A meal is a time to listen to what's happening in peoples lives, to offer encouragement, to laugh, to debate, to learn, to grow and to make lifetime memories.
Try making things from other countries and use them as a conversation starter or a teaching moment for kids. Through food you can see that we are all far more alike than we are different.
Some of my fondest memories are cooking with my grandmother, or of my dad picking me up from school on my birthdays and taking me to lunch, just the two of us. I'm a foodie and while I can't tell you my favorite lunch during those years I can still feel the anticipation of a date with my dad! I can still feel my grandmothers hands on mine showing me just how to roll her enchiladas. Memories for life.
What's on the table doesn't have to be fancy, and it doesn't have to be a three hour meal, but I urge you to engage. I hope I can give you some recipes here that you can make quick and easy and build memories of your own.
It's worth unplugging and engaging because sometimes a meal isn't just a meal!