This weekend was much needed. We planted our garden, went for a few windows-down-music- up kind of drives, spent time with friends, and had lots of rest time. It was perfect.
When planning out our date with friends for the weekend we did things a little differently than usual, and it turned into my new favourite. We decided to do a collaborative brunch at our place. Not a potluck or assigning people jobs to do in prepare food but actually make different parts of our meal together, all cooking in one space - our kitchen. James and I love cooking and we have lovely friends who also enjoy cooking and good food. There's something more comfortable, engaging and intimate about having friends in your kitchen with you preparing a meal for everyone. It feels less formal and much more inclusive and seemed to create space for connecting over food in a different way.
I've always loved this quote: "If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him - the people who give you their food give you their heart" - Cesar Chavez. For me, cooking together takes this idea a step further. How often do we cook together? Take time to plan and prepare and create and set food out and then sit around a table and enjoy the process and each other's company. Doesn't that just sound like a beautiful ritual? It feels like the most natural form of community to me. I think cooking this way is bound to become much more common around here!
How was your weekend?! Have you cooked with friends like this before? Would you try sharing a collaborative meal this way?