I would like to let you all know something very important about me and very central to who exactly I am: I like food. A lot.
While I don’t always talk about food, I do love it and have had quite the relationship with it.
Food love took me from this,
Food has been nourishing, acted as my crutch during some of the most tragic moments of my life, and finally my saving grace when I realized what food could do to change me.
Now I’m finally figuring things out and realizing that there is one common thread in all of this food madness: food makes me happy. And writing makes me happy. Writing about food makes me happy.
I’m from the South where food is central to life. You sit around the table, come together as a family, and share a meal. And while you share that meal, you share love, you share stories, and you share in each other’s lives. While food may physically nourish your body and keep you alive, I can’t help but connect food with nourishing my soul. And let’s be honest, my soul has needed a lot of nourishing.
I don’t know how I would have ever survived the past 2 years of my life if it weren’t for cooking and for food. After I lost my dad, I started to use cooking as therapy. I also started to become healthier because it made me happier. The time I spent reading over recipes and trying to put my feelings into cooking helped me cope. I made food that reminded me of my dad and I used flavors that he would have loved. Instead of letting my grief and depression consume me, I turned it into a positive thing and used it to completely transform myself, body and soul. I will never be the person I was before my dad died, but I don’t think I want to go back to her.
Now I live my life happily and full of passion. I try to make every second count and honor my dad’s memory with my own love of life and exuberance. It reminds me that I can love again and I can find happiness in something even as simple as sautéing onions.
I’m finding happiness again through food. I’m finding myself again through my love of food. I’m finding balance like I’ve never had before. And most of all, I’m enjoying every bite of it.
Thank you for joining me on my journey through food. I hope you are as happy as I feel today