Recently, I have heard the phrase “sharing the miracle of food.” I had no clue that I have had this exact phrase circling over my head for years now. My sole purpose for sharing with the world my humble love of food is not for the health benefits or the fact that it seems to taste delicious (most of the time), but to share with everyone the absolutely wonderful experience that comes with a meal, no matter what time of day.
Its the immense laughter, the social conversation, the complete moment of relaxation, and fact of sharing it with the people closest to you, that the miracle ensues. You don’t even know its happening to you, but it does.
Are you the family that grabs food from the fridge whenever you’re hungry, rarely enjoying a family meal time? Or do you insist on being around the table, every night, at a designated time, to simply eat together? In my house, unless you had a very special circumstance, sitting around the table at 7pm was a requirement, no questions asked. Looking back, I am so thankful of that family rule (at the time I dragged my feet and dreaded the “how’s school” conversation). Those nights were only the introduction to my realizing the miracle that food creates.
Please don’t be confused. By “miracle,” I don’t mean the heavens have opened up and threw down a feast of turkey thighs and an abundance of vegetables. The miracle of food is simply the joy it brings us, whether or not you realize it actually does.
A few Christmases ago, my Mom and I spent about 16 hours in the kitchen for 3 straight days preparing a midnight buffet and tableful of 13 desserts (explanation of what that is in a later piece) for 9 of us around the table. We were sweaty, exhausted, swollen, and very promptly sucked down that first glass of champagne at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, but ultimately, we were so incredibly happy. The family loved every bite, and so did we. The hours in the kitchen, the failed sauces, the delicious results, and the smiles around the table are all part of the miracle. This is what I want to share with all of you.
Even if it means grabbing your favorite fast food combo and sit in your car to enjoy a greasy lunch, its happening (not that I encourage you to eat fast food!!). Even if you have no idea how to cook, and you break out a new recipe to try because you feel like trying, its happening. Immerse yourself in the few moments you take to eat every day. You would be surprised that, with the right food choices, you could even lose a little weight in the process!
If you have the ability to eat an array of foods, try your palate at something new. If you must be restricted by allergies and sensitivities, go for items that you can garnish with what you like, such as tofu or vegetables that are roasted with oil or a butter substitute. There are so many ways to tailor your diet to your needs and enjoy it all in the process. I am certainly lucky enough to be able to enjoy many kinds of food, but no matter what your limitation, I bet you can too.
So here is to embarking on the wild ride I know I have coming. I am excited to share this “miracle” with everyone and hear about the ones you make for yourselves at home. Holidays are perfect little opportunities to give the miracle making a shot, so start with Labor Day! Squeeze in that last barbecue of the glorious summer season and notice just how good life can be with a little good food, and a lot of great company (even if its just your own).