I eat something not because it is healthy. not because it is balanced. not because I am craving it.
I eat it to relive a memory…. like vanilla ice cream with walnuts. Just thinking about the taste of vanilla ice cream with crushed walnuts makes me teary eyed. Weird, isn’t it? So many Saturdays in the summer I remember my mom with her big 80′s eyeglasses and me with my dorky purple PJs sitting on the couch and eating little bowls of vanilla ice cream with crushed walnuts. We would put Diamond walnuts (always that brand, for some reason) in a nut grinder and I got to be the one to grind the nuts. Then we would make bowls of Newport Creamery vanilla ice cream and top them with the walnuts. Once in a while my dad would have a bowl too, but not very often. My brother would always eat Newport Creamery’s cookies n cream ice cream, which my mom would sometimes make into a milkshake for him with milk and ice. I wonder if that dessert makes him teary eyed today?
The same thing happens with popcorn. I don’t love popcorn, like some people do.
Sometimes I eat it anyway because it reminds me of my mom too.
Food, for me, is a pleasurable experience. It can bring back a memory or help create a new one. Every time I eat the swordfish special at Spain Restaurant in Cranston, I will be reminded of the dinner I ate there with PhillyBoy and family for the first time as an engaged woman. I had eaten that swordfish dozens of times before, but that day always comes to mind when I eat it now. I will always remember that I had chicken paillard on PB and my first date in NYC, and we both picked mixed greens over fries for our sides.
Yes, I love healthy food, and yes, I try to keep my diet as healthy as possible. I try to only eat when hungry. I try to make the best choices for my body and health.
But I love creating memories through food. Sharing stories through food. Reliving the past through food.
Sometimes a bowl of ice cream is just that… a bowl of ice cream.
Other times, though… it is a lot more.
I am ready to create lots of new memories, but I need your help. Please leave me a comment with your favorite late summer healthy recipe. I am in need of some cooking inspiration to help remember this summer forever.