Food is Love
Gosh it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. I stopped when my dad got sick. Today it is time to come back and what better way than with dinner for out-of-town family. Food is love and I’ve got something I’ve been wanting to say to you.
My cousin Grant (from Paris France don’t you know) came through town last week and I cooked my first multi-dish meal in ages. Normally I keep things simple – I love one-dish meals. Okay one dish is pretty well my range. But since he and Michel had come from so far, and because Uncle Jeff and Royce were in town too, I felt that I had to do better than a quinoa salad and a spoon.
Royce is a fantastic cook and she has hosted us several times over the years. She does things like make fresh cinnamon buns that waft through her home when you wake up. It was a pleasure to give back just a little. You never know when you’ll get another chance. Our daughters Lauren and Aileen were free (on a Friday even!) and Gord and my mom were there too. Cooking would have been easier if I hadn’t needed to catch up on a week or ten of cleaning for the event, but everything worked out. As it always does <3
Here is the rest of our dinner! Recipes are coming in the next few weeks.
Food is love. We show our love for ourselves when we eat delicious, healthy food, and we show our love for others when we give them a place to gather with food that we have prepared for them. Cooking takes time and a meal is a gift of a piece of your life given to people you love. They in turn fill your home with warmth that lasts.
Food is emotion and memories. Discipline too, as in when our moms used to feed us. They had the big picture in mind because they really cared whether we grew up “big and strong”. So fries and pop and cookies and energy bars were once-in-a-while treats, not “snacks”. Processed dinners were the exception, not the norm. We didn’t get everything we wanted every time we felt like it.
Our country changed when we handed over the majority of our feeding to the food biz. Today over two thirds of North Americans are overweight and in the US alone, 105 million people have diabetes or pre diabetes. Our country will grow healthy again – when we take back our kitchens.
Only people who care for you will make food that keeps you well.
A healthier You Next Year Principle
Food is love. Eat that way.
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…The people who give you their food give you their heart.
Cesar Chavez, farm workers champion