Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Multilayered


My creative prompt on Tuesday was the word multilayered. When you think of food and layers the first things that comes to mind are a towering wedding cake, a pan of steaming lasagna, a stack of pancakes, or maybe even an impossibly tall Dagwood sandwich topped with a skewered olive. An onion may spring to mind with it's papery skin and pungent insides or even the edible bud of the artichoke.
The thought that I kept coming back to, however, was not food created in layers...but to the many layers of sharing a meal with family and friends. Sitting down to a meal with my family is not just about supplying nutrition for our bodies it is a multilayered event. It is a time to talk about our day, to learn about etiquette and manners, to try new things, or to learn about foreign countries through their regional dishes. There are so many elements to a family meal... so many ways to add creativity into our lives through this daily experience.
My kids are coming back this afternoon after spending a couple of nights at grandma's house. I am looking forward to making a simple meal of spaghetti and meatballs and sitting down at the table to hear about their many experiences. Mealtime has been so quiet without them.

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