Greed is good.
Or; food, glorious food. Or; please sir, can I have some more. Or even – surely you’ve heard your mum repeat this to you at some stage in your life when you wanted to grab more cakes and sweets from the kitchen while she was watching – your eyes are bigger than your stomach.
It was Oliver Stone’s character Gordon Gekko who uttered those first words to excuse his penchant for outmaneuvering as many men and women as possible, even putting some out of business, just so he could make more billions for himself.
That idiom or wise saying that you must have heard your mom repeat to you to help you curb your greed for more food is as old as the hills. Now, whether the food was healthy or not, we, as kids, took full advantage of our grandparents, just so that we could eat as much as we could and also amuse ourselves as well. Let’s start with the amusement. Kids, don’t ever repeat this at home.
My grandfather, let’s be honest, made a magnificent but very strong pot of percolated coffee. It was the one night of the week that we, as young kids, were allowed to have a cup of coffee with a saucer to go with it. For the rest of the week, back home, a glass of milk after our tea or supper would have to do. During the day, it would be a glass of juice, never soda.
And if we were thirsty at other times of the day, our mother would say that there’s plenty of water in the tap. But back to the cup and saucer and to our grandfather’s hilarious habit. Our mothers and fathers, most of you will agree, have taught us well in regard to good manners around the table. In fact, in cases of our religion, this is essential etiquette and required custom. But never mind grandpa.
At the traditional head of his table, he’d wait solemnly for grandma to pour the coffee for all of us. And when that was done, he would openly remark to her just how piping hot the coffee was. Doing this next thing was to excuse the effectiveness in cooling the very hot coffee a little bit quicker, never mind actually waiting for it to cool. Grandpa began to pour the contents of his coffee into the saucer.
And from thereon he would noisily
Whoever loves food must love their family.
You can love food, I think. This does not have anything to do with gluttony. We need food to sustain ourselves with, don’t we? Without food and water we are nothing. But a good love of food, I think, has a lot to do with our approach towards it and how we source and prepare it. Chefs love food, don’t they? This is why they are in the food business. I think fruit and vegetable farmers must love food too.
I think a good love for food is also reflected in those who have a holistic and healthy approach towards it. As far as possible, a good mother will always be sourcing healthy ingredients to help her prepare healthy, balanced and wholesome dishes for her family. I found from personal experience that this motherly instinct for natural, healthy food is a little difficult to practice when you are single like me.
You have your lonesome moments. There’s no need to worry and fuss about in the kitchen dutifully preparing kids’ meals. All you have to do is rustle something up just for yourself. And do you know what; it’s really a stupid habit. I mean, making a decadent meaty sandwich with loads of spicy sauce, perhaps with a few slices of tomato or pickle to go with it, and just grabbing a big bag of crisps, and then plonking yourself in front of the TV is no sweat at all.
But later on, probably the next morning, and depending on how unhealthy you may be, you and your body will really begin to sweat. It doesn’t feel so good in the morning. You feel, oh so bloated. I do anyway. I’ve come to believe that if I’m about to practice what I preach, I really ought to practice my true love for food a lot more often. My grocer list for tomorrow’s shopping, I like to believe, is a healthy start.
Going forward, there will be no more bags of crisps. No more plastic paper either, when you come to think of it. If the small budget allows for it, I have been told that a little bit of dark chocolate does do some good for lonely girls like me. And instead of crisps, nuts will do just fine. Like chips, nuts have their own flavors and variety as well. They are rich in protein, in case you