What’s for dinner?
Inspiration for what to eat can come from anywhere. There’s the usual suspects that we turn to help sort out ‘what’s for dinner?’: cookbooks, food sites, stalking what’s fresh at the market. These are all favourite methods for helping decide what to eat. I love doing that reconnaissance work – sometimes a bit too much so that the actual making of the food gets pushed aside for ‘more research.’
Inspiration behind a meal can come from less predictable places, too. The light bulb can go off reading a book not about cooking, watching a film that is about food…or not. Eating happens. It happens in stories, truth or fiction, that don’t have to be about food. Those glimpses of someone else’s meal, of flavours and smells experienced by the characters, described in the text, can trigger my appetite (and emotions) to want that same delectable experience. My own stories and memories definitely inspire, too. Memories of favourite meals, food my mom made can grip me seemingly out of nowhere. And I can’t wait to recreate that taste and experience.
There’s a story about why we eat what we eat. Sometimes, it’s not worth sharing (scrounging in the fridge after a long day at work) but for the times when it’s not like that, when inspiration sparks, when I can’t wait to get in the kitchen, that’s what I’ll be sharing on Food Anthology.