This lesson is a great one considering that a large holiday that usually encompasses family gatherings & large family meals is occurring this weekend.!
The focus is "experiencing food"..Part of enjoying food is the planning, the shopping...
the preparation & presentation ..then the finale of serving & enjoying the flavors & richness of our labors & time put into that meal.
So what "special" time or occasion did you last really experience food. ...why was it special..the group you were with, the occasion ,,the setting,,or the food..well honestly it was probably a combination of all of it! A friend of mine is going to cooking school & made a trip to Las Vegas , while there she met the Chef who is the head of Hell's Kitchen.
According to her the food was wonderful..the atmosphere was outstanding & the entire experience was a "once in a lifetime meal". Can she separate out the individual elements that made it super great..if one element were removed would it still be the wonderful experience it was...honestly the one thing you could change or remove would be food.
I would bet if the food were just ho hum it would have seemed wonderful to her at that time.
Later she might have reconsidered,,but star struck & in that atmosphere..a bologna sandwich would taste like prime rib!
Now let's plan a great meal..with food that will be enjoyed ..presented in a pleasing manner.
To have it be , as it honestly is, only a part of the event..the experience is a conscious decision...as usually someone eventually says...LET"S EAT! All thought of appreciation of anything other than the food disappears! But wait!!!! there is the fellowship of either one special person or a gathering of loved ones, the chatter around the table as the food is devoured & the group burp..whether outloud or just thought!..So there is a shared experience when a meal is taken..ah ha!! without the other elements a nice meal would not be as enjoyable...right??
My son just called & we spent nearly an hour deciding on & listing the groceries for Easter Dinner. So indeed food is important..but it is the family being together that is the draw that makes the food special. A food experience it will be indeed...a family experience as well..
so I am wishing everyone a good food experience thru this holiday if that is what you seek.
& am looking forward to my sons & DH at my table when I pull the meal out of the oven to the oooh's & ahhh's of them all! At that moment I am a star! feels good...tis a food experience!
So tis the entire picture that makes "the experience'...if we can pare down a bit...make the food part of it healthier...& lighter the experience will still be great....What do you think?
Or is it the rich goodies & the gravies, the pies & such that give special treat to a holiday.