Around the Table
Feeding ourselves good food and learning to feed the people we care about is fundamental to living well. But often, we ignore it. We order take-out and meet our friends at a restaurant and say that we just want to keep it simple.
Don’t I know about “keeping it simple”?! I am a mom with two small children (my oldest just turned two and my youngest is a little, crawling monster of an 8mo), and I do my fair share of easy meals and occasional pizza.
However, there is something beautiful that happens when you bring people around a dining room table in someone’s home and feed them food made from that same kitchen (and a little wine doesn’t help, either).
Home-cooked food sends a message that you care about that person you’re feeding. I try to make dinner almost every night in our home, not just because I love to cook, but because it is one of the ways I tell my husband and my children that I care about them. I care enough to cook good food for them and nourish them in that way. And sometimes, I’ll go the extra mile to light a candle, set the table, and put serving dishes on the table; you can go a long way to make someone feel special just by serving them dinner.
I wrote a post a while back about bringing a meal to someone. I love doing this because I can bring some home-cooked favorites to someone else and they don’t have to think about lifting a finger or leaving their house in order to have a good meal.
I also love bringing people around my own table. And I love doing it now during one of the craziest seasons of my life (I mentioned my children, right?). Sometimes I feel trapped in my home and over twittered and facebooked just because I crave some social interaction. But bringing people into my context is a way to nourish other people and bring some life to the four walls of my home.
Especially with winter closing in it’s cloak of cold, snowy weather, I am already feeling claustrophobic (I mentioned my two small children, right?) just thinking about being stuck here. In order to not feel so trapped, I’m planning some dinner parties. It will give me a chance to get my hands into some savory foods, chop away my frustrations, but also send a little love in the form of a home-cooked meal around my table.
How do you nourish the people you love?
**For more inspiration about feeding people good food (and drinking and cussing a bit along the way, too), read Forking Fantastic. I blazed through this book in one day, and because of it, I’m considering roasting an entire lamb on a spit in my backyard for my husband’s grad-school graduation in May. Beware! It may suck you in and encourage you do something crazy, too!