As a teenager and a young adult, food was always secondary in my list of priorities. I often wondered why people lay such importance to food, when it was just a means to survive for other important tasks of life. But when I got married, food became a quick bridge to my joint family’s heart. As rhetoric as it may sound I didn’t mind learning to cook for my family as a way to break the ice. It was then when I discovered the joy of cooking and eating good food.
Now as a mother to two toddlers, I have discovered the nutritional significance of food. These days I am always fretting over what to feed them so that their growth doesn’t suffer. This is the new aspect of food that gives me many a sleepless nights now.
There’s more for which I need to thank food. As I grew busy with my family and work, food helps me connect with my friends. Because trying out good food at some new place has become a major motivation to look for an excuse to meet my friends. I have been lucky to have friends who have a very perceptive mind to try out new cuisines and experiment with food.
To come to reflect on it, two of my closest friends in my life currently are very integrally associated with food. One of them is a chef and the other is a food stylist and a food blogger. So I am always surrounded by new trends in cooking, food items and reviews of latest food joints. Love for food is one of the many things I share with these friends of mine and that keeps me going back to them.
Over the last couple of years, cooking has become a way of retreat for me. I can just put on the apron, get into my den of a kitchen and let my imagination and love flow into the ingredients to come up with some nice desserts and savories. When I am in my kitchen, I feel I am able to unwind without making much of an effort for anything else. The joy of watching my family enjoy each portion of what I have created alleviated my mood further.
Another, reason why I am really thankful to food for it being an apt filler. In awkward situations with people who I really do not connect with very well, I do not have to fish for things to talk about, because food is there to my rescue. We can simply discuss food, restaurants and cuisines.
So all in all, I am really thankful to food for bringing love, excitement and comfort in my life. It would not be wrong to say that food is a form of therapy in one’s life.