I live in a household where we always have more than enough to eat because my dad takes such good care of the family. I think my mum is the luckiest woman in the world. Every week, my dad goes to the market and buys so much stuff back, our kitchen becomes a mini-mart. While he doesn't show affection in other ways (like giving hugs or vacations), he buys wholesome food for the family and treats for the kids. To me, that is the ultimate show of love.
Now I see that happening with my brothers. My elder brother packs a healthy lunchbox for his kids every morning before they leave for school. My younger brother visits the market at 6am to ensure that he buys the freshest fish which he will lovingly prepare for his daughter. He makes nutritious soup for his wife and brings his best wines home to share with us.
So, it is no surprise that I tend to equate food with love. Whenever I eat something nice in a restaurant, I think of my loved ones rightaway. I wish they could experience the same culinary pleasures as I did and often try to recreate the same dish at home.
When the kids were younger, I used to scour the supermarket shelves to find wholesome yet yummy snacks to fill their little tummies. When I pick them up from school, I often surprise them with little treats to make their ride home more enjoyable after a long day at school. Now that they're older, I make their favourite dishes whenever I can.
That's why we always look forward to our family dinner during the weekends when the house is abuzz with chatter and love. You'll find me cooking up a storm in the kitchen. My younger brother will be handing out wine glasses and my elder brother will bring home roast chicken and his famous avocado/cherry tomato salad.
If this is not love, then what is?
I cooked this for lunch yesterday using olive oil, garlic, chilli, Japanese white mushroom and shrimps. It was a hit with the kids!