Why do I cook? Perhaps watching the magic of yeast rising dough, which later becomes bread that is soft, chewy, crusty and delicate all at the same time. Feeling that burn in my arm from whipping whites by hand until they reach a peak, folding them into a lemon batter just to be rewarded with a citrus-y taste of Heaven containing a springing texture you cannot replicate by machine. Or maybe it is all to get the chance to turn sugar and butter into an edible version of gold that melts slowly on your thankful tongue...But no, these are just a few of the perks.
Cooking gives me a feeling of belonging, accomplishment and direction. Taking to the task of creating a beloved store bought confection, helps me prove that people are still better than machines. There is something to remembering tradition and authentic flavor. Something comforting about filling your home with the scent of cinnamon, cardamon and ginger when the time is right. And sitting at the dinner table with people who know how to have a loud discussion is my favorite time of the day. Food brings us together.
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" 1 Corinthians 10:31
This verse reminds me that eating and cooking of all types, should be done with passion, meaning, Love and devotion. This may mean something different to every person. For some people don't even enjoy cooking. But then you get those of us who Love every last scent, texture and movement to cooking. If you tell me your favorite food, I promise to make it for you with every last ounce of Love I can. For it gives me the chance to enjoy my favorite part, which is watching you take that first bite and (hopefully) smile.
The kitchen is my favorite place in the world. Sometimes I like to be alone to practice my craft...but it's usually better with another food Lover there to help. Because cooking is an intimate process, and intimacy is only a product of Love.
Wishing Good Eating,
We've got two "songs" today. The first is just silly, and quite interesting. The second is a video from Waitress...I love that movie...