Back when I first moved in with my husband I baked him a cake. I went to the store to buy some baking powder, and the woman behind me didn't approve of the brand I was buying. I said my boyfriend was teaching me how to cook, and that I had actually never made a cake before. She said it should have been the other way around - that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, the opposite was true, and I didn't eat much of anything before I met him (well, this). This weekend, while doing some Valentine's Day baking I finally got to the end of that can of baking powder (if you want to lecture me about it not being fresh after 3 years, well go ahead). I got to thinking about food in our relationship.
We met in a diner where I'd pressure him to order milkshakes, and he'd try to talk me into eating some of his fries. I baked him a quiche. There was no air conditioning and there was a hot and sticky black leather futon. We spent a lot of time at a wine bar in…
Its hard to believe, I have been having salad bar parties for five years! Here's the link back to the post of the first one. You can see my punch was a bit more attractive for that party. The idea is everyone brings an ingredient to add to the salad bar, and then everyone can go down the line and even make several very different salads. It ends up feeling interactive and community building, I think.
This is a tradition I've been really happy to keep going because I feel like it was a really great idea to start off with. It doesn't require much cooking which is great for summer months, sometimes people have extra produce in the summer from their gardens or CSA memberships, and its really healthy and refreshing so it just feels perfect for this time of year. I thought I'd break it down how this year went.
I have just finished readingHomeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity
by Emily Matchar. I thought it was a really interesting book, and
during the time I was reading it I would talk about it to anyone who
would listen. Basically, it explores trends and attitudes as far back as
the 1880s regarding homemaking, and she interviews a lot of individuals
currently involved in urban homesteading, attachment parenting,
blogging about cupcakes, and selling scarves on Etsy. I definitely find
myself very low on the spectrum of DIY compared to most of these people,
and I have to say right now that I think reusable toilet paper
is gross. A big part of the desire to return to the home as the author
lays it out, is that the workplace hasn't really been that great for
women, especially mothers. When you're unsatisfied with your job, it is a
lot easier to glorify ways of doing things that were left behind decades
ago for good reasons.