“The way you cook, the way you roll.”
Yes I can cook!
How do I know I can cook? Because several people have told me so. Oh well, the simple fact that several people who at one time or the other have told me that I can cook does not authenticate the fact that I can cook, rather it complements and consummates the already known ideology.
According to my perception, analysis, observation and experimentation, it takes immense grace to cook and cook well.
Now I am not trying to sound spiritual here. I’m just using the terms at my disposal to explain this interesting observation.
Does not the food you cook show the state of your mind?
If burnt, does it not show you are not focused?
If salty, some say you are in love.
If rich and generously decorated, does it not show that you have a generous heart?
If you have a small pot and love to eat alone, does it not imply that you have a stingy personality?
While growing up, I never really had any formal training for food preparation. I learnt to cook either via watching someone cook or asking the procedure for cooking certain meals.
I mean the most my fresh mum would let me do in the kitchen was check if the food had adequate salt, apart from, of course, Sunday tea time which became my responsibility to arrange at one point in time.
Never a phone call ending without my mum asking if I’ve had something to eat. I’m sure she wonders how her little boy is able to fend for himself without the influence of beautiful young ladies skilled in the art of cooking.
They say, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his belly.’ I remember when I had one of my friends come over from his city to Moscow. When I complained that I’d have to seek a lady who would be cooking for me since I was already too busy to cook, he remarked that I better be careful before I find myself falling in love with someone I didn’t plan to fall in love with.
Does it not then lend credence to the fact that you are not just eating some ingredients; that you are actually eating a part of someone? That you are fellowshiping with his spirit, love and vision for life? That you just partook in his personality?
Strong questions I know.
But does cooking well depend solely on being endowed with the perfect cooking skills? Or is it a personality thing?
If it is a direct reflection of the spirit, should I then concentrate on investing more into making my spirit fresher and ultimately getting involved with a fresh lady with a fresh spirit?
And is the fact that a person can cook a direct indication of the state of his spirit?
Perhaps it is a gift. Or perhaps a talent. Maybe a skill, then that will mean that great cooking skills can be acquired!
Lend your voice let’s solve this puzzle so we all can become better cooks.