Last night I got to eat and enjoy food made with love.
Food from the heart is unbeatable, it just tastes better. I have no science to back this up, but years of eating tell me that when food is made with care you can taste it. Last nights feast was a beautiful message of love to my mother in celebration of her 60th, from her brother (the cook, Anton).
I wanted to share this story because I think sometimes we forget the importance food can play in our relationships (with others and self) and the power of a shared meal. It brings us together and creates a gastronomic pile of memories filled with friends, family, tastes……….and is the witness and caretaker of important milestones, celebrations, travels, transitions, farewells, joys and hardship. It is a constant in our lives. It has the power to nourish and heal and it is our fuel………and for me one of the ultimate joys in life*.
I wrote this because I wanted to share Anton’s beautiful feast, but I also wanted to remind myself (more than anything) of the power of sharing food – great or small, lavish or quick…..from scrambled eggs to a feast…….it speaks volumes without any words.
When: February 14, 2012
What: Valentines Dinner Party in Celebration of my Mum’s 60th Birthday
Where: North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand
Cook: All food created and prepared by Anton Boyle (I previously wrote about him here)
Canapes: Fig and Brie, Capsicum and Kikorangi Blue and Chicken pieces in Sumac and Zaatar spices
Entre: Egyptian Eggs
Soup: Fresh Tomato, Basil and Garlic Soup
Main: Terakihi fillets and Prawns dusted in Cajun spices served with slices of Banana, Cucumber ribbons and dressed with Passionfruit pulp
Salad: Watermelon and Avocado
Dessert: Lemon Tart served fresh cream and Raspberries
* It is not lost on me that I write this post from my comfortable first world life. I am truly grateful for the abundance of food I experience, I never go without. And in this footnote I just wanted to acknowledge my privilege given the vast vast tracts of the global community who do go without. Sometimes it feels a little closed eyed and lily guilding for foodies to wax lyrical about gastronomic pleasures……..when we haven’t resolved the disproportionate distribution of food to all corners of the planet. I have no answer, I just wanted to acknowledge that it is not lost on me that I have so much food in my life that I get to enjoy, when many many others do not.