Last night was a new one for me....You might have guessed by now that I like to cook. I also like to have guests partake in my culinary efforts. I have long entertained (pun intended) the idea that the physical pleasures of good food prepared and served with the right motivation and with the proper accompanying conversation, can raise the meal to a higher spiritual plane.
Louisa, a frequent participant in our Friday night meals, has been making noises for a long time that she would like to turn the tables and have a chance to cook for me. Well, it is well known by those who "know and love" Louisa that she goes after what she wants in a big way. Last night, Louisa came over to my house and before I knew it, she was master of my kitchen. She whipped out of her Mary Poppins-esque bag, delicious sourdough bread, two fresh whole branzini (fancy name for European Sea Bass), extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemons, rosemary, and various other goodies. It made me wish I hadn't eaten all day.
For after dinner entertainment, I was plunked down in front of a foreign film (I know, I know, my vision doesn't lend itself well to subtitles... but actually it wasn't too bad on the small screen) about a woman who uses her culinary abilities to uplift and heal a town.... (well, there's much more to it than that, but I'm still waiting for the full drasha on it from Louisa.....). The reviews call it "a powerful and poignant deptiction of what goodness, selflessness and generosity can bring to a community and to the individuals within it". Louisa isn't in to symbolism.... nah.... not much......
P.S. Guess who's got the "awesomest" fish salad for lunch today :D ?