Weekend Gathering // Cooking Together

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?