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 … [Read more...]

A Handmade Mother’s Day

Although Mother's Day is celebrated on different days around the world, it is traditional to celebrate Mother’s Day in New Zealand on the second Sunday in May, which this year is May 13th. There is no one way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but theoretically it is a day when Mum gets to relax and be pampered, a recognition for all of the things she does for family all through the year. Some people, including myself, think Mother’s Day is just another opportunity for retailers to cash in, but Mother’s Day was celebrated around the world long before the commercial aspect arrived. Most … [Read more...]

The Importance of Family Mealtimes

In many households around New Zealand the evening meal time goes something like this.  Mum has been in the kitchen cooking dinner, and calls out to everyone that it is ready.  Hands are washed as Mum dishes up the meals, everyone comes out to the kitchen then take their plates back to the table to sit down to eat together. Unfortunately this is not what happens in the majority of households.  With after school activities, sports, committee meetings and working late it may have been some time since the whole family sat down together to eat, and yet research is beginning to show that eating … [Read more...]