Amazing food is a friend’s greatest gift
These are the special touches that a friend of ours used to compliment the presentation of this past weekend’s breakfast. Well, brunch actually. Nope, make that a smorgasbord. Either way, it tasted as good as it looked.
Embarrassingly, I’ve come to look forward to such little nuances as well as the food – well, more precisely, a sort of a giddy eagerness to see what surprises she’ll have concocted this time. It’s essentially the culinary equivalent of sneaking down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. You know something will be there, but the great surprise is what you’ll find.
So, true to form, Sunday’s meal was exceptional. And as before, one of the first things I noticed is that the majority of the food that was presented (I’m salivating thinking about it) was prepared specifically for her guests. There was the most beautiful outlay of smoked salmon with all the accoutrements (capers, lemon, cream cheese and such), quiches, apple custards and more. So much effort, yet as a vegan she won’t eat any of it. Like I said, it’s made just for the guests.
She’s incredibly humble so she’d never say it, but each item felt like a gift. And it got me thinking about my mother and all the meals she had prepared. Granted, there weren’t edible flowers adorning the edges, but that spaghetti I love – well, it’s been a standing dinner for my birthday for as long as I can remember. The banana bread she’d send to me at college, knowing that my bestie had an affinity for it as well and we’d end up devouring it while studying. The elaborate birthday cakes, the traditional holiday meals, the Just-because chocolate chip cookies, and even the sun-brewed ice tea.
I can’t forget my dad of course, taking centre stage over the grill delivery both a summer meal and a performance. (Isn’t that always the way it is with men and the BBQ.)
I guess it’s something we all know is there, but over time just take for granted. For me, it took a few delicate flowers to remind me that cooking with love is truly a gift.