Sunday, February 20, 2011

Feb 20: Make Food for People You Love

Yesterday was fun, but it certainly took it's toll on all of us.  All but one of us stayed home for the day, recouping.  We were able to spend a lot of time together, especially me and my little brother.  We watched movies, we talked and I even cooked a little.  In fact, I made a fruit salad, deviled eggs, black beans and rice, and cornbread (not all for one meal).  I used to cook all the time and really enjoyed it, but lately it has been hard to find the time and motivation.  Too often our relationship with food is an unhealthy one.  We grab what's fast, accessible, cheap, or tastes good.  We eat quickly, with little appreciation of texture, taste, temperature.  We think little of nutritional value, having a balanced diet, or where our food comes from.  I highly recommend watching "Food Inc.," "Julie and Julia," and "Ratatouille" for help on all of these topics.  To take our time with food, to share it with those we love, to appreciate that we are able to eat, will make our relationships with food more meaningful.  It's funny to think of all the cultures around the world, how different their ingredients, methods of preparation, and food partaking-of etiquette.  In some cultures, for example, they only eat what they catch, kill, or harvest themselves.  Packaged and processed foods are not even an option.  In some cultures it is rude not to burp, or to leave food on your plate, or to use improper utensils, or to use utensils at all.  We are so blessed to have such variety at our fingertips, and even more blessed if we have someone to share it with.    

   ~ God gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests ~ Danish Proverb

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