Hi, it’s a good question if you think about it!
When I looked up Feast/Feasting/To Feast in the dictionary the simple translation was ‘to eat sumptuously’! Ooh that’s a long word, but what does it mean to me & why have a blog about feasting??
I absolutely adore food, recipes, cooking and people! What I’ve come to realise is that I get the most pleasure from cooking or baking something when it is then shared with others. Whether it’s knocking up a batch of brownies because I know one of our children has had a particularly hard day at school, or trying to find & then perfect a recipe for ginger cookies, after a conversation over the garden fence with a neighbour who had been struggling to find the ‘right’ ginger cookie in the shops.
It’s part of my nature to investigate & develop theories & ideas. In the garden it may be mixing purple Verbena Bonariensis with Bright Orange Canna Lillies. Both have completely different structures : the Verbena is frothy on long stems with small wispy leaves that sway in the breeze, whilst the Canna Lillies that I have stand tall & strong with their deep red, thick stalks & leaves, brazenly opening buds of pure sunset orange. The combination shouldn’t work, but somehow, for me it does.
I take the same approach in the kitchen. Gooey, yummy, chocolate brownies that are great & loved by all who try them, except me! Yes they are good, but how can I make them better??
What is lacking? What would make then not just good but great? Then I start to play!! The good thing about sharing food is that I’m never short of volunteers! And so the journey starts, adding nuts : which taste the best & compliment the brownie, rather than fighting against it?
It’s so much fun! I get to bake & play with tastes & textures & at the same time SHARE the food I am making! Ultimately, everyone will have their own personal favourite, but isn’t that how it should be?
Sharing is so much a part of who I am as a person, indeed my whole family are big on sharing, especially my mum & my gorgeous younger sister, whom I both love and treasure their opinions & feedback, especially as they are both very talented and exceptional cooks in their own right.
When I cook or bake something & then share it with another person I feel as though I am physically showing them my love, as much as if they were to receive a hug or shoulder to cry on. Equally food shared can be an expression of love for celebration : my daughter had 2 birthday cakes this year, a chocolate fudge covered chocolate marble cake for our family celebration:
AND an incredibly decadent ice cream cake filled with fudge/chocolate honeycomb & a ton of other ridiculously sweet goodies that you wouldn’t eat everyday, but together made for an exceptional birthday cake topped off with a firework candle that lit up the whole room!
If I’m unwell (I suffer from migraines among a host of other things that I won’t bore you with!), I’m usually laid up in bed for a few days. Knowing there’s a cookie jar full of homemade shortbread makes me feel like I’m sharing a little bit of myself, my love, with the children, my hubby & all the wonderful people who help us out when I’m – what I call ‘ out of action!’.
Giving the first ripe pear of the season from the tree in our garden to my wonderful mother-in-law, just because I know they’re her favourite makes the rest of the pears taste better as they ripen! Or I think they taste better!!
I have found that sharing is not only a way of showing love, but it is fun! People smile when you wrap up some cake for them to take home, that’s got to be a good thing, hasn’t it??
I hope by reading this blog, not only will you be inspired to try the recipes posted, but more importantly you will be encouraged to share your results. Drop a few cookies round to a neighbour who you only really see at Christmas, when you exchange cards, say thank you to your post man/lady with a pre wrapped slice of cake next time they knock on your door! But most of all SMILE, it costs nothing & you will be amazed at how contagious it is, yes you make get a few funny looks (first check to see if you have anything stuck between your teeth!!), but I will guarantee you will get more smiles in return than the dodgy looks!
I’d love to hear how you share, or if you’ve been inspired to share. MacMillan Cancer Care have their annual Coffee Morning coming up. What better idea than to open up your home & share a morning or afternoon with family, friends & neighbours, whilst raising money & a smile or two for a very worthwhile cause.
Bake plenty of goodies & encourage others to bring along their star bakes , invest in some cellophane bags & ribbon (easy to find & cheap on Amazon UK) & share out the leftovers at the end.