Every single culture on this planet has this in common: social gathering around a meal. I think food, specifically sharing a meal, is the most universal social standard across all cultures. Music comes in second. The wonderful thing about both of these is that you don’t have to understand a foreign language in order to enjoy them.
My Mom tried to teach me how to cook when I was a teenager. My response was that I knew how to read and cooking was simply reading and following directions so I didn’t need to “learn” anything. After I moved out, I routinely called my Mom for simple things such as…how to boil a chicken or how long to bake a potato. Now, I appreciate that it does take some practice to cook well. At the same time, as I explore cooking different dishes and using different spices I am finding that while it isn’t always easy, often it isn’t all that hard either. More often, it is the moving away from my “comfort zone” with dishes and ingredients that is the hard part. Enjoying food that is made with quality ingredients, foreign flavors and new techniques makes me happy, finding recipes that fall in a healthier category only makes it all the more interesting.
Perhaps the best reason I make a hot mess is that I simply like good food and I enjoy feeding people. Good friends and good food go together well. Some of my happiest times have been while sharing a meal with friends, some of the most exciting times in my life have been while travelling with my husband and trying new foods. As I learn and grow, my tastes have changed and so has my cooking. Eating can be an adventure, being with friends and family is an experience. Experiences make up a life.
I’m posting new recipes often and sometimes a little about my personal experiences as well. I’m having a lot of fun putting this all “out there” (it’s a little scary too) but maybe somebody will read this and find the encouragement they needed to change the way they eat, to eat new foods, or simply put a new dish in front of their families for dinner. ~to health and happiness, Amanda