Eating Of food
Who doesn’t love a great PB&J? I know I do. But have you ever tried mixing the peanut butter and jelly together? I mean really whipping that shit up. It totally changes the flavor profile for the better. I mean who really knows the ratio of peanut butter to jelly on bread? Do you put peanut butter on one slice and jelly on the other? Maybe you put them on both slices. Try whipping equal parts of peanut butter and jelly together and chill. Then make a sandwich and see what you think. Now as much as I would like to take credit for this novel concept, I cannot. Toby came up with this. He probably stole it from someone else but all great ideas are stolen right. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.
But the reason I ask these questions is because I asked myself why and how food makes us happy. There are multiple schools of thought on this. One, is we need sustenance to survive and survival is happiness. Some say to savor an exotic dish that they have never had makes them go “yay.”. Some love to prepare with others, for others, and that makes the cooks and recipients both happy. 2 fish, one hook.
Me? I do love to prepare for others and make them happy, and in return I feel fulfilled. I also don’t miss many meals so just the act of eating makes me happy too. I don’t need to be hungry to eat. But the real reason I love food and the happiness it brings is sharing a meal with someone. Our human nature or at least mine begs to spend quality time with friends and loved ones sharing a meal. It can be prepared by me or for me in someone else’s kitchen…it doesn’t matter. Food is the glue that always binds.
I am a firm believer that food get togethers or dinners with family if you will, do immense good individually and in groups. Take family dinners for example. One of the biggest challenges in our society is the lack of family dinner time where everyone is huddled around the table talking of the highs and lows of their day. This acumen between loved ones is healthy for family relationships. Parental responsibility is a lot easier to attain and control when you know what is going on in your kids lives. And kids may just find a certain respect for their parents they did not have because they did not know the circumstances of a particular reaction or action taken by mom and dad. Even Charlie the beagle can participate, lying at your feet eating that green crap off the kids plates.
My point is, eat not just to sustain life but sustain and build relationships while eating. Take time to do this with family and friends more often and I guarantee you will enjoy the finer things in life… Each other.