Healing the Heart Through Food, Friends and FamilyPosted: December 4, 2011
Has it really been almost two whole weeks since I last posted? Not cool, not cool at all. But in all honesty, I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking lately.
Life has taken a turn and I’ve found myself out of my element and out of my kitchen. We’ve recently had a tragic and sudden loss in our family, and many lives have been turned completely upside down. Add to the mix, my husband and I seized the opportunity to build a dream house on an amazing lot with access to a lake. But this has come with the cost of last minute stressors, spontaneous meetings interrupting the dinner hour, and hurried trips back and forth in questionable weather from my mother’s in Ponoka to our home in Calgary. And, as my dear friend Tanya eloquently put it “…and now Baby K. (my daughter) has chosen to become complicated….”.
With sadness in my heart, food just doesn’t taste the same.
I haven’t been motivated to cook that much. But I have done a lot of eating and have enjoyed meals that others have lovingly created. My friend Jessica concocted an amazing potato, bacon and corn chowder that was rich, creamy, and full of flavour; topped with caramelized beets that melted in your mouth. The neighbour boy brought over a jar of piping hot chicken soup thick with noodles, rice, and assorted vegetables, which we lived off of for days. Kendra baked for two afternoons to make sure that we had sweet treats and a stash of baking in the freezer. Lasagna’s, baked spaghetti, pots of chilli and hearty stews showed up in abundance, ensuring we were never without at dinner time. There has been endless trays of meat and cheese, vegetable and fruit platters, squares, desserts, and the most amazing almond bark I’ve ever tasted.
I have observed something quite poignant in the past month. In times of great sadness, when we’re at a loss of how to heal the hearts of people we love, we feed their stomachs instead. I am very thankful for all of the people who rushed to their kitchens, showing their love and support for us, one dish at a time.