I’m a real foodie who loves her ‘slow food’ as fast as possible. I shovel food like a backhoe gulps dirt, and even wrote a book about making real food as fast as possible so you can get on with life.
But in my hurry, I think I’ve missed something.
In Tsh’s book, Notes from a Blue Bike, she writes of approaching our food from a different angle. She talks of embracing the effort of sourcing whole foods as a rewarding challenge, appreciating the process of preparing it, and slowing down enough to enjoy the results. In reading her words, I realized I’d forgotten what a gift the need for nourishment is.
Multiple times a day we are given the opportunity to serve, to sit, to connect with those around us, and to nourish our souls as well as our bodies. Meals should be more than just a chance to refuel, like a pit stop on the Indie 500. Instead, coming to the table should be like a refreshing detour that excites every one of our senses and touches our very soul.
Is this even possible in our hurried lives? Breakfast is usually a bit of an emergency around here, everyone starving after a long night. School must start after breakfast, naps are urgent by lunch, there’s clean up and baths after dinner and the laundry ever calls from just one room over. How can I slow down enough to glean all the goodness to be found in the art of eating?
“Slow food means living an unhurried life, beginning at the table.”
Inspired by Tsh’s ideals, I started to keep an eye out for ways to enjoy the ride more, and here’s what I found:
3 Tips for Savoring Mealtimes
1. Clean as You Go
I love cooking fast, and am a bit of a whirlwind in the kitchen. But the past few months I’ve been retraining myself to clean as I cook. Putting away ingredients, soaking that pot as soon as I’m done with it, filling the dishwasher as I go. It takes longer, but means that by the time I sit down, the only dirty dishes are the plates we’re eating on , which can be slipped into the dishwasher when we finish. This brings an atmosphere of rest to my dining, allowing me to relax and savor the meal, instead of it being just a breather before the next lap in the race.
2. Put the Phone Down
This is a no-brainer, right? But I’ve slipped into this bad habit again lately, so I’m reminding you and me to put aside our news feeds for the real food. To expend the energy to connect with the person across the table from us. To ask questions that get to the heart, to show my kids, my husband, my guests that I care and want to love them well. Let’s let food fuel us for fellowship.
3. Light a Candle
The easiest one of my action points, but sometimes has the most impact. Lighting a candle piques my children’s curiosity, inspiring us to conversation. The candle’s flicker gives me something to watch rather than the notifications on my phone. Candles remind me of celebrations which in turn, reminds me of how much I have to celebrate.
Let’s not miss the nourishment mealtimes can provide for our souls. No matter what is on the menu tonight, let’s slow down and enjoy it.
How do you help your mealtimes be relaxed and refreshing? What do you do at dinner besides just eating? What’s your favorite meal to prepare when you have plenty of time and want to enjoy the process? Leave a comment and then use the entry form below for a chance to win your own copy of Notes from a Blue Bike.
Pedal along with us…
- Part 1: Awakening (Gretchen)
- Part 2: Food (Trina)
- Part 3 Work (Chantel)
- Part 4: Education (Danielle)
- Part 5: Travel (Emily)
- Part 6: Entertainment (Elisabeth)
- Part 7: Revival (Gretchen)
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