I normally speed-read the Good Weekend magazine, and don’t find much in it to get excited about. Last issue had a great article by Fenella Souter, called a voyage round my kitchen. She makes the following points:
* everyone has the time to make and bake, but, as the bishop said to the actress, you also need the inclination
* there seem to be two types of person: those who merely consume food, and those who enjoy being connected to preparing and sharing food
* cooking is not “a lifestyle”, but a vital part of life and love
* shared food preparation makes for happy, well-fed couples…two people who like to cook and eat, creating everyday masterpieces out of nothing more than fresh ingredients, a little time, and the desire to please
I am glad to say that Joffa et moi are firm believers in all of the above, and look forward to our shared time in the kitchen each day. We also go to the market together, and nurture a small kitchen garden. Swapping plants/recipes/home produce, making someone you love a jar of something, and cooking with close friends give me great pleasure – I couldn’t imagine living any other way.
Ciao for now, it’s a sunny day, and I must go out…