Friday, June 14, 2013

The Hidden Art of Homemaking - Food

Chapter 8 - Food

...Cooking is an art - 'Hidden Art', if you want to call it so - should be recognized and then developed in everyone who has to cook, want to cook, or could cook! Cooking should not be thought of as a drudgery, but as an art. p. 117 

I like food for the most part. I'm not the healthiest eater and I much prefer steak and potatoes over a salad any day. Veggies have to cooked in just the right way to get me to eat them. Fruit makes my throat itch (unless it is cooked with a lot of sugar and such.). So I tend to gravitate toward easy foods.  And then it comes down to cooking food for a meal. There lies the crux of my problem--cooking is a drudgery.

For the most part I don't enjoy cooking, I do like to bake, but cooking is another kettle of fish. Yes, I have improved over the years. Yes, I do attempt to learn some new skill to cooking that I have never done, but for the most part it just is something that honestly, stresses me out. Meal planning escapes me. I have been better in this area, but I have found myself in a new quandary with my kids eating more and my recipes not being big enough to feed everyone. I will admit that I am a little more cynical about this right now due to my boys playing baseball and it messes up our meals big time.

So enough of my griping since this chapter not only talks about food, but how food brings people together. There is something about food and fellowship that makes everything more pleasurable.
When we have a family or church get together at my house I feel very contented when it is finished. I forget that I was even freaking out before everyone got there!

Food for a church wedding shower. Otherwise knows as
a 'Costco Party".

As Mrs. Schaeffer points out:
Food cannot take care of spiritual, psychological and emotional problems, but the feeling of being loved and cared for, the actual comfort of the beauty and flavour of food, the increase of blood sugar and physical well-being, help one to go on during the next hours better equipped to meet problems. p. 124 
Food and meal-times shared have always been thought of as a closer kind of communication than simply talking to people, without eating together. p. 126

When I have guests over I am very intentional in what I prepare and I need to take this idea or 'hidden art' and apply it to my family, since that is who I spend the most time with. No, maybe not everything will be 'homemade', but it will be put on the table with thought, and thus love. So with that in mind I'm off to make a pan of brownies, yes, from a box, but I know my kids (or husband) won't mind.

My bread making repertoire only consists of homemade
pizza dough.

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  1. I enjoyed reading this, Beth, because I can relate. I do enjoy cooking, but most if the time it seems like one more thing in a long list if things to do.

    Love tour "Costco party" table!,

  2. You sound like me. I do not HATE cooking altogether but it is not a strong point with me.

    Also the pizza looks amazing.



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