Tom Douglas, renowned Seattle chef, says ” Cooks throw recipes and menus together and scramble for virtuosity while bakers carefully measure their way to deliciousness.” How right he is! However, the presence of both a cook and a baker in our compact kitchen has inspired Sr. Pam and I to take up the challenge of creating fabulous feasts for friends and family- the parish one, that is.
In the midst of Confirmations, Baptisms, First Reconciliation Parent Meetings, Funerals, Religious Ed. beginnings, new staff and much more, we have somehow found the time to experiment with cooking together. Sr. Pam, an avid baker, has found ways to infuse flavor into everything she makes. And I, with a love of cooking, like to focus on presentation. We often joke that, while her food looks terrible, it tastes amazing. Whereas my food looks like a 5 star restaurant but leaves taste to be desired. This is our standing joke of the kitchen…. even if it’s not true.
Our guests have been a variety of people from Sr. Pam’s long time friends, our neighboring Sisters in Kaukauna, and parishioners who won “a dinner with the Sisters” at the parish picnic. Whatever the case, each group has been a wealth of enjoyment and our new little abode has seen more than its share of edible delights!
It is with full tummies and grateful hearts that we share our next life lesson.
Lesson #2: Food is not just about eating…or even dining! It may not even be just about conversation. It’s about the relationships we build around the table. It’s about sharing life’s moments and what they mean to our own personal understanding of life. Simply by watching the interactions of others that happen around a table of food, we learn more about them. The table is where we learn to share with all kinds of people and to carry the rhythm of a conversation. It’s where we experience the dynamics of family and come to appreciate the gifts each person has to offer.This is what life is all about. Don’t miss your opportunity to engage while you feast!