It’s not very often I write a blog post about food but last night in my kitchen everywhere I looked I saw food in circles. And I thought it was so apt for Frank’s Tuesday Challenge: Circle that this post is the result.
Everything comes full circle.
Let me elaborate.
This sleek blue round non stick frypan was mum’s. I brought it home last weekend and it’s fantastic. She’d love that I’m now using it.
I can cook twice as many schnitzels in it!
Or, as she called them in Italian, cotolette.
Topped with lemon and salads on the side, everything on the table looked round.
Or is it just that when we focus on something we see it everywhere?
Having mum’s whizz bang frypan in my kitchen rendered flashbacks of meals she loved to prepare.
Massive trays of lasagne, that took a day to make, gnocchi to die for, home made pasta made with love.
Then there were the luscious desserts: the tiramisu, the pavlovas and chocolate hazelnut strawberry torte so full of layers it resembled the Eiffel Tower.
I remember the first time I brought Doug home to meet my parents. At the table he had yet to learn the Italian way of eating and went back for two big helpings of mum’s lasagne before realising it was just the entree!
Of course he managed and he settled into the Italian way of life beautifully!
Eventually what goes around comes around.
Years later I enjoyed baking for mum.
This was a creation I loved to make when she visited. My peach and raspberry tart. It’s still one of my favourite things to bake.
She loved it, just as she adored the Spanish Tea Cake, the last cake I ever baked for her.
Perfectly round, crusty on the outside and moist on the inside it’s one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever shared.
These days our meals are more simple and salads are the order of our hot summer days.
Topped with sliced mangos, nuts, roasted mini spuds and tomatoes and whatever else I can get my hands on, preparing food is a joy, especially in the great outdoors.
Food tastes so good outside.
Whether we’re at home or camping nothing beats a meal cooked on the barbecue.
By a lake, river or sea there’s always views and good wholesome food to be grateful for.
Followed by a dash of dessert of course.
It doesn’t have to be much. Even a small custard tart can be divine when camping.
Just like the food that mum taught me to appreciate and cook, life is like a full circle, whatever you give out will come back to you one day.
I’m not simply talking about cooking but friendship, kindness, love and the way we interact with each other.
Treat each other well, nourish, nurture and look out for each other and watch how life just gets better and better.
So spread joy, food, wine, hope, friendship and inspiration.
Remember, just like a Circle, the end of one journey simply means the beginning of another.
In light and love.
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