“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness
of the human race than the discovery of a star.”― Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
The saying that “food is the way to a man’s heart” is true, but if we are honest I think we’d need to say food is the way to anyone’s heart!
Food is, well, an important part of everyday life, culture, and a necessity. Girls, ladies, I’m begging you LEARN TO COOK and learn to cook well. I realize this is coming from a girl who told her mother that sports were more important than cooking, and who fixed her husband turkey sandwiches for the first six months of marriage. I also realize that in today’s world, there are microwave meals, frozen pizzas, and dollar menus, but learning the art of cooking is something very special that many ladies have lost or have never learned.
When my family and I first got to Bolivia, we moved into a beautiful house, but it was connected to both houses beside of us. Unfortunately, one of our neighbors had a disco tech in their basement, and they had parties every weekend all weekend long. All the other neighbors screamed and fought with them; my husband and I decided to have them over for my great-grandmothers famous apple-crisp. During the next 3 hours, we learned their names, they played with our children, and to my delight they asked us if they music bothered us! My first thought was, “ummm can you not see the big bags under my eyes, but instead, I responded with, “well sometimes our children can’t sleep well.” This lead to apologies, and with time, fewer and fewer parties, and happy neighbors!
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own family.” ― Oscar Wilde
Many times in our 9 years of being on the mission field, cooking has been the one thing that has helped me learn the language, make friendships, give me time to spend with people and talk to them about the Lord, and the list could go on.
Here are a few things that have helped me through the years of cooking and having guest:
- Find a few go to recipes- don’t try new recipes when you have guest or a group in your home.
- Keep it simple – Don’t go overboard trying to impress others and stressing yourself out.
- Keep your favorite recipes organized and in an easy place to find.
- Practice makes perfect- even if it doesn’t turn out perfect at first don’t give up.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help- this can also be a time for relationship building. Asking for help makes the helper feel important!
Jesus is a great example at using food as an important part in the ministry. How many times did He eat with people or perform a miracle using food, and then used that opportunity to share with others about God’s forgiveness, His love for them, and a time of fellowship. Cooking for and with others expresses our love, shows hospitality, and brings people together.
So, I encourage you get out your frying pans, rolling pins, and cookie cutters and LET’S START COOKING!
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”