Welcome back to Elle's Kitchen.
Since the last edition was sent out, I have started writing this newsletter four times, on four different topics. Sometimes if it doesn't flow, you shouldn't force. So I've finally settled on a topic dear to my heart - emotional eating.
Everyone is guilty of emotional eating. Everyone. Just as certain songs can transport you back in time to your teenage years, early childhood or any other time in your life, so too can food take you back to a certain memory.
I recently celebrated midwinter Christmas with my family. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, here's the description I wrote for "12 Days of Midwinter Christmas" :
In the Southern Hemisphere, having Christmas in December means sunshine and beaches, so our Christmas meals are light - salads, seafood, etc. Mmm, pavlova! But we like our mulled wine and steamed pudding with custard as much as anyone, so in the middle of winter we like to get together with friends and family for a midwinter Christmas meal. No presents, no Santa, just all those beautiful Christmassy foods. Yum!
The smell of mulled wine always reminds me of midwinter Christmases and thus my mother and sisters. We didn't celebrate midwinter Christmas so much when I was a kid, but it has become a tradition for us as adults. On the flip side, whenever I see scalloped potatoes, I think of the neighbours with whom we shared Christmas dinner every year for 20 years. The taste of pavlova reminds me of my father-in-law, who is the only person I know to successfully make one at home! Pancakes always remind me of Dodgy Steve because he makes them for me every Mother's Day.
Whether it's the taste, sight, smell, sound or feel of the food that triggers the memory, or indeed the preparation of the dish, it can be a powerful tool. I haven't written many flashbacks in my stories (actually just the one for a course assignment because we had to!) but you can see that food could certainly provide the trigger for a flashback to an earlier memory. What foods would trigger memories in your character?
What about your own food memories? Next time something triggers a food memory for you, write it down and share it with us.
Amay shares a recipe that brings back special memories for her of 'the first time Grandma Phillips and I baked a pound cake together.'
NickiD89 shares her recipe, saying 'the mugs of hot coffee and warm, fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin bread shared with family, with the pristine winter wonderland outside the kitchen window, is a memory I sometimes think is my own.'
Nora Wilde writes 'To this very day I can not eat a chocolate chip cookie without thinking of her.'
The following two poems were suggested by LostGhost: Seeking & Learning using "Elle's Kitchen Newsletter Suggestions" .
Rhyssa shares her childhood memory of maple sugar candy in poetic form.
Dani shares the memories that cookies bring back for her.
It seemed only fitting to share a link to the midwinter Christmas activity that inspired this newsletter. I hope you'll forgive me the self-promotion.
Before you go, I had a reader ask last week if any of you had any easy to prepare vegan recipes. They must be suitable for someone with limited cooking experience and/or appliances. If you can help, send them in. I have some Food/Cooking MBs to give out if you do!
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