I have a friend who always tags her foodie pictures with #foodismylovelanguage. And I get it! Because there are a few of us who show others how much we love them by feeding them every opportunity that arises.
I love preparing special meals for our visitors–surprising whomever I can with a meal from their homeland. I had a game night for Minnesotan friends from work where I made Tatertot Hot-dish. Ick. They loved it. I didn’t. When our visiting worker from the Dominican Republic vetoed Italian food, I cooked an all day affair which turned out to be Sancocho. Sometimes I like to ask if anyone wants something special–and I have whipped up everything from chocolate chip cookies to cornbread and beans.
I don’t just cook foods from other places for other people though–often I will think of someone, then cook a food that reminds me of them. For example, I have been really homesick for Chiapas lately. I normally visit there during the summer months, but we are skipping our trip this summer. What came out of my kitchen as a result was black beans and salsa–which we ate with tortillas and fresh cheese. I roasted the onions and peppers on the stovetop before adding the blacked parts to my tomato pulp (procured by “shredding” the tomato flesh on the cheese grater). The more time consuming the project is, the more time I have to think on them!
This morning I made homemade cinnamon rolls–too many! I still have a pan of cinnamon rolls sitting in the kitchen! There’s a gallon of iced tea on the counter-top, and buttermilk just waiting for some biscuits to be made tomorrow. Our basil plant needed to be cut back, so I made a friend’s pesto recipe a couple days ago (and shared the frozen pesto leftover with another friend who stopped by to visit).
I may not be able to be all the places that I am thinking of today: Virginia, Tennessee, Chiapas, etc. But each memory inspires something new to happen in my kitchen. Memories of those places are taking over my mind–and dancing across my plate. Oh, yes! I do believe that food is my love language too!