GINTA – In defense of home cooking and family meals

WE HAD TO ADD A FEW SEATS around the table for dinner Sunday night. The kitchen was a bustling place, as it is when we have family and friends over. There were stories and laughter and dinner became tea time which went on for a while longer.

I am one of those people who believes that having people gathered together for a meal is a magical thing. Even with the simplest, rushed meal at times, because life is like that sometimes, the four of us sit down and share that time and the food.

Utter joy is not always an implied course — not at the beginning of the meal anyway — but by the time we put our dishes away smiles are present and the air is lighter. Other times we choke with laughter. Or we talk about this and that. Kids squabbles – they happen too. Add that to the learning curve of life’s skills, if you will: how to navigate the occasionally choppy waters of sibling love.

As for the meals, we have no rule in place, but we aim for simple and healthy as much as possible.


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1 Comment on GINTA – In defense of home cooking and family meals

  1. Bill Hadgkiss // April 23, 2019 at 9:59 AM // Reply

    Important relationships can be developed at meal times. Pot-lucks work too.

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