Food – it’s more than filling our stomachs. Food is bringing families together, nourishment, connecting communities and countries, and respecting traditions (and creating new ones).
My family has always centered our holidays around cooking together. The journey of cooking – the planning, preparations, and tastings – is what I remember most. Special events, such as making chili the night of football games, or meatballs on Sundays, are still ingrained in my head.
Eventually I left home. The importance of cooking to gather friends and family always remained. While living in Oman during Easter, I carried lamb legs from the butcher to cook for my classmates. I stuffed them in a small oven and while at Church, prayed they didn’t burn. Studying in Prague, I hosted a meatball dinner + St. Patrick’s Day party once again for all my classmates. Pasta sauce was all over the walls, but it was a night I will always remember because this is how I met my husband. Since moving to Austria, Thanksgiving dinner has once again become a two-day cooking event and I get to share my family’s dishes that I grew up on.
Food is also my way of learning. In Morocco, I learned to make couscous from our loving cook, and in the process, I bettered my Arabic and understanding of the importance this dish holds; now my mother and sister-in-law frequently invite me over, not only teach me how to make their own special dishes, but to help teach me German in the process.
I’m no food photographer – and you won’t find anything fancy here – but I hope to bring to you a new side of cooking, recipes, and information that will hopefully inspire you to bring food closer into your lives.