I swear, if food was a love language, it would be mine, or very high on my love language list anyway. My sister could agree here too. Every time she surprised me with a bar of Whittaker’s Milk Chocolate during our study sessions last semester my face lit up like a little kid! There’s just something about amazing food that feeds my soul and lifts my spirit, and I’m not even kidding.
But it’s not even just chocolate-related food, it’s anything yummy. My appreciation for food goes way beyond hunger pains, it’s about the taste, the smell, the texture, it’s the whole deal really.
Now reading over what I’ve written, I realise that you may think that I’m a totally internationally experienced food expert, Morroccan, Indonesian and Indian… But the reality is I’m not. In fact, I’m pretty sure the first time I had butter chicken was last year (I know right!). I’ve discovered that my appreciation for food isn’t necessarily about the international, five star qualities, it’s all about the comfort, the memories, and the feelings that the meal or item of food generates.
Roasts; an example of a meal that makes me super happy. Lets be honest, it’s not that hard to cook a roast; just slam it in a slow cooker, do some roast vegetables, and some homemade gravy, and bam, there's your meal. But I think what makes a roast so special is the homely feel it creates. I’m reminded of my childhood, feeling warm and toasty by the fire with the family, digging into a good hearty meal. Roasts are sentimental for me. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Even if someone took the time and effort to make me a muffin or a meal for me, I would probably feel just as loved as if we spent some ‘quality time’ together. Food totally is a love language!
Everyone says that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but does the same not work for a girl? I’m sure not everyone is with me here, there are probably many of you who just eat because otherwise you would die (a bit dramatic, I know). But for me food is more than that. While I’m walking home from University for my lunch break, I will plan in my head what I’m going to eat. When I was on a tramping trip in year 10 I would focus on the KFC lunch that would be waiting for me at the end of the week to get me through those tough climbs.
Of course, everything should be consumed in moderation. Just because it tastes good, doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you. Roasts for example, they’re not exactly the worlds most healthiest meal. But having a roast every now and then, in moderation, really lifts my mood and makes me feel happy! Is there anything wrong with that?
So if a friend you know has a love and passion for food, why not show them you love them through the art of food today? Surprise them with a homemade chocolate caramel slice (ahhhh!), or if they really like fruit, a whole bunch of bananas!
Food is a form of expression. Express yourself! Spread some love! Your food friends will love you for it!
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