Nourish: provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition
How do you think about your food? Do you think of it as nourishment? As a life giving (or life robbing!) necessity? In the past, I didn’t. Food was all about when I could eat it next, how much I could eat, and how good it was going to taste, but never did I stop to consider how vital eating the right food was for my body.
Now don’t worry, you’re not about to hear me say that I munch on only green things all day and never eat a cookie. (Heller, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are where it’s at!) BUT…what I have learned is that my body and my quality of life are both deeply impacted by the food that I feed it, which in turn affects how I am able to serve and bless others, as well. Therefore, there has to be some give and take.
I love that word “nourish”. It’s such a warm word to me. I think about bringing someone into my home on a super cold winter day and filling their bowl with a rich, nutrient-dense, flavor-filled homemade soup that warms their core and their soul. I think food can do that, ya know? Food and hospitality go hand in hand. Food has the ability to touch our soul if it’s made with love and care. Haven’t you ever heard of “soul food”??!
(Man, I’m cheesy, but I don’t even care!)
The food I share in this space, I hope will not only be delicious, but also soulful and nourishing! I’m sorry…but slice and bake cookies (no matter how delicious they smell!) do not scream “nourishing” and “soulful” to me! They just don’t. I’m challenging myself to cook and build recipes with my heart and to really focus on making them with the best and purest ingredients while also still making them oh so delicious!
So…who’s coming over for dinner tonight?!
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.”
– Virginia Woolf –