Cooking for others

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about cooking for others and the meaning behind the action. I don’t mean carving roast beef and passing around popovers for dinner guests (although that also has its qualities), but hot, nourishing meals that are made with care and delivered to someone in need.

There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of good, home cooked food when you are emotionally and physically low on reserves.

A friend of mine has recently been told that her husband’s cancer has spread and he doesn’t have a lot of time left.  I’m sure the last thing she wants to be doing is thinking about preparing and planning her evening meals.

They say actions speak louder than words.

I may not always have the right words to say, or faculties to make a difficult situation easier when a friend is in need, but I can prepare double when I make dinner and send some love over in the form of a hot meal.

Who might need a meal?

You don’t have to look very far to find a recipient. We all know people who are struggling, who have perhaps lost a loved one, or are fighting a long-term illness, or lost their job. The starving college student, the single mother, and pregnant friend on bed rest would all probably be blessed by your thoughtfulness as well.

They’re not just for people are going through a tough time, though; It could be someone…

~ in bereavement
~ going through a divorce
~ caring for a new baby
~ moving house
~ fighting in court
~ ill or caring for the ill
~ on bed rest
~ out of work
~ overworked
~ writing exams
~ getting married
~ caring for a special needs family member
~ fighting a long term illness
~ in financial crisis

Think about it. Do you know anyone who is struggling with one of these life situations right now? I know I do.

Have you ever received a meal during a difficult time from a well-meaning friend? How did it make you feel? Have you ever brought a hot meal to someone in need? How was it received?


  1. I have just started doing this! I had vege bin full of veges and another delivery coming the following day so I had to make space. I chopped up all my veges – celery, carrots, capsicum, added frozen peas and corn, some Chicken Thighs that were on special last week and left it in the slow cooker for the day. At the end of the day I cooled the lot and froze it all in disposable containers and then put a notice up on my local bulletin board that I had soup available to anyone who was in need. So far the soup has gone to a 90 year old grandmother who is suffering from a cold and 2 young students with Strep throat and flus! Its rewarding and a great way to save on food wastage!

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