Dinner with friends and family
Without a doubt, one of my favourite things to do in the world is invite friends and family over for dinner. Whenever there is any sort of excuse for me to cook for people – whether it’s a birthday, Mother’s Day, a Thursday…I’ll grab it with both hands! I really do think food has such a special, magical way of bringing people together, to share a wonderful evening. And it just so happens I had one of those wonderful evenings recently…and I wanted to share it with you all.
Creating delicious food to share with loved ones is one of the main ways I fell back in love with food again, and is why I think having people over for dinner is such a brilliant thing to do. Food is at the heart of so many special occasions, it brings people joy, and I really think it’s worth celebrating!
Now I have to say, in the Telfer household, we do know how to host a good dinner party. It’s such a cosy, warm house, and I’ll miss it so much when I move out. This evening, the kitchen was just brimming with happiness and laughter. The fires were lit, the fairy lights were on, my spaghetti bolognese was simmering away…and the minute you walked through the door, my dad thrust a glass of wine into your hand.
I started cooking the bolognese (classic comfort food!), and I just loved the sound of the laughter and chatter that was buzzing from the kitchen. I know it sounds really cheesy, but I kept thinking “Right now, this room is full of people I love…and it’s because of food. They’ve come round because I’m cooking for them, and to share the food I make. This wonderful, cosy, happy evening, is happening because of food. And that’s wonderful.”
Like I said, I just made a simple spaghetti bolognese. Sometimes I do like to go all out and cook fancy three course dinners…but other times, you just can’t beat the comfort of the classics. I packed this one full of carrots and mushrooms too to bulk it out, and spiced it up a little (because I can just never resist a little spice), and with a crunchy side salad and lots of grated parmesan…it was pretty damn tasty. And honestly, I don’t think there’s anything in the world that makes me happier than cooking food for my loved ones, and seeing them enjoy it. It’s just the best feeling ever.
This may seem like a bit of random blog post…and I suppose really, it is! But for me, enjoying cooking and sharing food with others is one of the really big things that has been helping me during my recovery. It’s such a great way to celebrate food, and to associate it with happiness. If you’re trying to rediscover your love of food again, why not try inviting some friends round for dinner? It’s just a lovely way to remind you that food should always be about happiness and enjoyment. Not panic and punishment.
Go on, go for it! Because remember, you don’t earn good food. You quite simply deserve it.
Love Lucy x