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 are one of those contemplating going vegan for a while.
You can mix your nuts with dried fruits. One thing I need to remember is to avoid the salted packs. And another thing, I must remember to source only those that can be freshly scooped up and weighed and then placed in a neat brown paper bag. This helps cut down on still more plastic use. I’m not going vegan just yet, but I found a local Muslim butcher who is supplying the neighborhood with the freshest cuts.
I bought a small parcel of chicken cuts from him a few weeks ago. I made a mild curry with it. I like to dice my meat, so doing this with the chicken was surprisingly easy. The chicken was so fresh and tender. Because of that, it also cooked a lot quicker in a little canola oil and along with the other curry ingredients. And I loved it to bits.
You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family.
When I think about it, I did not always choose my friends. Young, free-spirited but still quite lonely, there was