Food is love. I know, we’re told we are not supposed to equate food with emotions. But food and culture tell me otherwise. I’m a feeder. Not a food pusher, a feeder. I love to gather people and feed them. It’s my jam.
I also feel strongly that while food fuels your body, if it doesn’t speak to you and invite you in then we may as well just eat food pellets like they did in The OA (obscure Netflix reference). Actually, if you think about all the replacements that pose for real food, we are getting pretty close to that these days (supplement MLMs need not reply).
Don’t get me wrong, a protein smoothie can be a beautiful thing (something I imbibe at breakfast quite often when alone), but it is not meant to be a replacement for real food on a regular basis. A meal in a glass fails to encourage a sense of family, community, and sharing the way a sit down meal does.
I understand that sometimes the perceived effort to pull off a pretty meal or gathering seems like a Herculean task. To some it may even seem frivolous and unnecessary. But, I have yet to be berated, or to disappoint, when I have taken the few extra minutes to make others feel special.
I think where people get caught up is they believe they need to own a myriad of fancy stuff to pull off said gatherings. The truth is, this is an alternative fact presented by advertisers to get you to buy their stuff. The actual fact is that many of the things you need can be found in nature or your home (or the Thrift Store).
Proof in point. I recently attended a food styling and food photography workshop in Seattle with Danielle and Michael Kartes of Rustic Joyful Food and Michael Kartes Photography. Note: All the pretty food in this post was cooked and styled by Danielle. What struck me immediately upon entering the room was the graceful simplicity behind every element of the presentation. Nature (and Danielle) really knows her stuff!
Table and florals by Kyle and Co.
The simplicity evoked such beauty! I believe this will stay with me for a long time. Gone are the days of my over-the-top tables, dare I say?
Poached Pears with a Salted Caramel Sauce
I have also decided to revisit some of my old recipes. I think some of them need a little more of this type of inspiration. A less-is-more kind of approach is in order moving forward.
Because there’s beauty in that!
PS All photographs are by me.