This last week was a good one, filled with family and friends, entertaining and celebrating, and good food to share:
- I cooked a vegetarian dinner for some new friends: lentil soup, onion fritters in a chickpea batter, rosemary focaccia, and apple tart.
- we got together with dear friends, and had dinner out at a little nearby restaurant acclaimed by Slow Food, where we had a feast of traditional local foods, followed by a chat with the cook and owner, who told us about his passion for baking and his experiments with preserving fruit by candying it. I left with a gift of mother starter for bread that he'd been refreshing for eleven years.
- we celebrated Tom's birthday for several nights in a row because he was traveling on the actual day, and we wanted to make up for his absence in style (we take birthdays seriously around here)
- we went over to friends', and had a lovely meal of pizza and fried sardines stuffed with homegrown chard (the photos today are from this day).
As the season begins when many people spend more time celebrating with family and friends around the dinner table, these evenings reminded me of how precious food is, and how privileged we are to be able to enjoy meals that nourish the body and the soul - not to mention the joyful company we have them with. Yet each year one third of the world's food is wasted globally along the food chain and in our homes. Why has food become such a cheap, expendable commodity in our society? So throughout this holiday season, our family will be pausing at the dinner table, to be thankful for the precious food that's in our plates, and for being able to enjoy it together.