What’s Love Got To Do With It? Everything!

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Cooking From the Heart – You Can Taste the Difference!

There is nothing better than food you can feeeeeel.  You know what I mean.  I’m not talking about the physical feel of the food sliding down your throat or burning the roof of your mouth.  It’s the feeling you get when you eat food made with love.  It’s the feeling you get when your able to share a meal made with love with people you love.

Anything done with passion is just better – gardening, singing, cultivating relationships, living healthy, doctoring and, of course, cooking.  [Click to Tweet]  Even if cooking is not your favorite thing, here are some ideas on how to incorporate a little bit of love in every meal.  Good for the heart (physically and emotionally) and great on the palate!

In the words of Anthony Bourdain, “[t]o cook well means to bring love, passion and respect to the food being prepared and for those who will enjoy it. It is a basic human need to eat and nourish our bodies. If we don’t eat, we die. It is as clean cut as that. To cook well, turns the simplest ingredients into ecstasy for the soul, social celebration and future memories. It is completely different than need.”

Mom and daughter cooking

  1.   Plan

Find a recipe that meets your food specifications, put together a shopping list, and shop.

Here are some great websites for recipes:

http://www.recipekey.com/food_profile.php

http://allergyfreemenuplanners.com

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/category/special-dietary-needs

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/category/special-diets

As for the shopping, do what I do – imagine that you are in a little market in Italy with all the time in the world to buy the best ingredients. Be choosy, smile and feel victorious when you find the perfect ingredient – piece of meat, vegetable, spice, etc.

2.   Turn cooking time into Your time.

Turn on your favorite music, podcast or audio book.  Get the lighting just right (bright, dim, or somewhere between).  Put on comfortable clothing.  Pour yourself a glass of wine, water or other beverage of choice.  If you are listening to music – sing along with it! Remember the dwarf motto:  “whistle while you work.”   Ignore your phone, tablet, and laptop and immerse yourself.

3.   Think about presentation.  Food Presenation

Think about where on what you will serve each part of your meal?  All on one plate?  Salad bowls?  Bread plates?  Think about how it will look on the plate. Use your creativity.  Take pictures of the plates you particularly love!

4.   Welcome helpers.

cooking with kids  You may find that your family may want to help when they see how much fun you are having. Let them!  The time spent cooking together could turn into some great family time.

5.   Envision the smiles on the faces of the people who will be feeling your love with every bite.

There is nothing better than seeing the expression of appreciation on your loved one’s faces as they taste their first bite. You did that!  Even if you have a less than expressive family member, they will still feel the love that went into every bite and know how you feel about them.

So get in the kitchen.  See if you can’t convince yourself to love – or at least, not loathe your time there.  And, remember, he/she who cooks does not have to clean up!  I’ll be waiting for my invitation to dinner!

I would love to hear your cooking from the heart story.

Caroline Boardman
January 13, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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