The Value of Food and Friends

by: Lauren McMillan

No one can contest that we need food. It is a matter of simple survival. However, when it comes to the community surrounding one’s experience with food, there are numerous possibilities. My favourite part of creating food is the act of sharing it with those I love. Watching something I have bred love into–that bring joy to others– is wholly satisfying. Don’t get me wrong – I adore eating what I make as well, but the ability to share adds so much to the experience.

This summer, I’ve had the pleasure of cooking with and for a handful of friends. More often than not, someone comes into the kitchen (or to the market) with an idea. On some days that is inkling, and on others, it is a full-blown menu plan. No matter how it begins, we end up in the kitchen. Tasks get divvied-up and the meal begins to take shape. Occasionally, music will be playing and we’ll sway as we cook. Conversation flows and memories are recalled as we create new ones.

Sitting down with good food and even better company is the best gift. Time is the one thing that we never know how much we may have, so sharing it with those we love is not a wasted effort. Roasted potatoes eaten out of the pan, warm-from-the-oven banana bread given while walking out the door, grilled halloumi salad, and peanut butter pie all mean different people to me. Food starts out as nourishment, and with a little love becomes memories. Quiet nights are just as valuable as dynamic ones, as the most important part is always the company.

Never underestimate the power of sharing a meal with those you love.

Who have you shared a meal with lately? What made it special?

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  • Caitlin
    August 17th, 2011
    1

    I love sharing meals with my brother, who is a chef. He will stop over at the market for a few special ingredients, improvise with what we have on hand (or don’t have). Without fail, he comes up with an amazing meal every time, usually in less time than it takes me to decide what to cook.

  • Pam Rauber
    August 17th, 2011
    2

    My daughter in law…This past weekend, It was her birthday and when asked what she wanted me to fix, she said, “that salmon you make” and to hear the “ummm” it was very satisfying. It was also a night that the grandkids just happen to sleep the entire meal while we ate. We all enjoyed relaxing with every morsel. My life is good.

  • Chels R.
    August 18th, 2011
    3

    Oh I love this so much! This is how my husband and I look at cooking and creating our meals together. Even when we don’t have company coming over, we make it a family affair in the kitchen with our kids. My husband will turn on some jazz music and let pandora stream and we all get in the kitchen and cook. The kids set the table, my oldest asks all sorts of cooking questions and we just enjoy the process. I’m actually wondering if my 7 yr old daughter will chose to venture into the cooking world as she gets older because she is already so fascinated and has a beautiful love for food. She eats better than any 7yr old I know! Chopped is her favorite show, hahaha! But food is a connecting force for us and it’s romantic for my husband and I :)

  • Liz
    August 19th, 2011
    4

    Beautifully written. I made dinner for 20 friends on my birthday because cooking for people is one of my favorite things to do – it feels like a gift to me. I also host a pre-Thanksgiving dinner every year at my house, and it’s one of my favorite dinners of the year.

  • The summer after I graduated. — Celiac Teen
    September 14th, 2011
    5

    [...] summer, I shared food with friends, and family. Pie, of course, but also meals. In the homes of fellow bloggers, great meals. Meals [...]

  • Aika-Grace Wangwe
    March 5th, 2012
    6

    This is so true and so well written.

    I enjoy cooking for my husband, when he travels I just can’t find a good reason to make myself cook,… unless I invite people over.

    I also like to bake for him, family and friends. I don’t like cake personally. I taste to make sure it’s good and then I’m done. But I’ll bake, give me any excuse!

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