Henri Nouwen once said, “When we invite friends for a meal, we do much more than offer them food for their bodies. We offer friendship, fellowship, good conversation, intimacy, and closeness. When we say: ‘Help yourself … take some more … don’t be shy … have another glass,’ we offer our guests not only our food and our drink but also ourselves. A spiritual bond grows, and we become food and drink for one another other.”
Family traditions solidify family roots, they bond children to their parents and set firm foundations. Meals, inviting others to share your space, your food, your handiwork, around a table, fire, or living room floor welcomes others in. Shared stories and histories help us dive deep into another’s space and allow us to begin to see each other as not only “other” but as “other who matters.” “other who belongs”.
Sharing who we are through recipes, many passed down for generations ignites something deep inside us that I’m afraid is too easily lost in our busy, over scheduled world. Cooking real food forces us to slow down, to take time to consider each ingredient and each person who will partake. Recipes give us a glimpse into another’s part of the world. Foods, time, priorities, cander-all beautifully wrapped into one-that is a meal.
Partnering with Bunny Eats Design for a monthly blogging event in September was a blast. So many good looking, interesting, and yummy family recipes from around the world were submitted. If only there was more time in a day to try them all….yum! Here’s a glimpse at all of the recipes. There are recipes from kitchen tables around the world. Please take a few minutes and check them out.You’ll be glad you did!
I posted just a few pictures above of the amazing recipes shared, but below are ALL of the recipe links.
Vegan Blueberry Buckle shared by The Green Man Cafe
Don’t forget to check out our own family recipe for Grammie Meaders’ Pumpkin Bread!
Check back monthly at Bunny Eats Design for more recipe link up parties!