Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flashback Friday Prompt - Food for Thought

The late James Beard, a well-known American chef of the twentieth century, said, "Food is our common ground, a universal experience." For some, food is simply sustenance, fuel for the body's tasks. To others, food means friendship, comfort, and happiness. Few things can evoke such polarized reactions, both positive and negative, as food.

Possibly the worst thing a husband can say to his wife is, "That's not the way my mother fixed it." Food is an integral part of many memories and just the mention or smell of certain foods can transport us back in time and place and make us smile (or gag!).

What were meals like when you were growing up? Did your mom (or dad) cook (and was it from scratch or from a box?) or did your family eat out much of the time? Did you eat together as a family or was everyone on a different schedule? What did you call meals? (Dinner vs. supper, lunch, etc.) What were some of your favorite things that your parent fixed? What did you dislike and vow never to fix once you grew up? Did your family have any food traditions, things that were a must on certain occasions (such as Sunday dinners or holiday meals)? Did your parent teach you to cook or did you wing it once you were grown? How similar or different are your family's eating habits today than when you grew up?

Share your gastronomic memories of your childhood; feel free to include recipes! Remember, the above questions are just ideas to jog your memory; you don't have to answer all of them (or any of them!). Post your flashback tomorrow on your blog and come back here to link up.


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sara said...

mine will be up in the morning!!!

bp said...

GREAT topic!!!

quilly said...

Before I move on to the prompt, I want to share a James Beard memory. Way back in my 20s I had an on-call job that required me to stay home 24/7 every third week. Those weeks could be boring, so I bought one of James Beard's bread recipe books and over time I made every recipe in the book at least once. It took 3 days to make the saltine crackers and in less then 10 minutes we gobbled them gone.