I do food. I think food. Food consumes a lot of my time and efforts.
Here’s the thing. I am the person in our house responsible for making out the grocery list, buying the groceries and putting the groceries away (OK, Marv does help with this task when he trips to Alexandria and I give him my Aldi’s list).
I’m also the person that does the majority of the menu planning and meal preparation. That means I’m the one that cooks the food and cleans up! It also means I’m the one that puts the leftovers away in the fridge and tries to find a use for them in another meal. That’s why I’m the one that can tell you that the chili is in the red Tupperware bowl in the back of the fridge behind the yogurt, next to the cottage cheese. Stuff gets eaten if I pull it out and reheat it. If I’m not home, I think they just open the fridge door, glance inside and if something doesn’t fall into their hands they say, “We have nothing in this house to eat,” and go to the pantry for a box of cereal. And then reopen the fridge for the milk! And that’s a whole ‘nother story. Let’s just say the goal is to always have at least one gallon of 2% milk available at all times. Heaven forbid if they should have to resort to my skim. Ohhhh, the whining.
I also do catering so thoughts like when do I need to start making the 20 dozen homemade buns I need for Saturday and where can I get the best price on 60 pounds of pork butts start running through my head.
I get daily messages in my inbox on recipe suggestions. I visit various websites looking for the best recipe for say, Irish soda bread. To me, a party or a get-together isn’t great if there isn’t great food.
What does all this add up to? Lots of time with food on the brain. Too much? Do I place too much emphasis on food? Is this what Paul was referring to in Philippians 3:19 when he said, “Their god is their stomach. Their mind is on earthly things.” Yikes, I hope not.
Based on the fact that folks in my family like to eat (including myself!), I consider it a blessing that I enjoy cooking. I enjoy baking even more. Those are two God-given gifts, not? Being able to share those blessings with others brings me joy. I’m hoping more for the “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8) approach means we should enjoy good food because it’s a gift from God. He provides. All who trust in Him lack for nothing.
Now, what should I make for supper?
Rita Meyer is married and the mother of four children. She and her family are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Meire Grove.