I'm just about out the door this morning, on my way to participating in a community canning project. I'm really looking forward to spending the day with a group of fellow canning geeks. We're making pickles! It's got me to thinking about having fun in the kitchen, something that I take for granted but isn't necessarily true for everyone.
How about you? Are you having fun in your kitchen today?
Last week I posted about saying yes to a friend's offer to help and what I discovered from that experience. Later, the friend wrote me and said 'but it was also really fun.' And it was. I had forgotten to write about the fun.
In our history and throughout many cultures, cooking is seldom a solitary event. Resources are shared among the tribe, the extended family, the neighbors. And with that sharing and abundance arrises an opportunity for enjoyment, camaraderie, playfulness.
The kitchen can be a place of worry and fret, or the boring routine of obligation, or the showcase for a monster ego. But sometimes, perhaps more often than not, it can be just plain old fun. Measuring and mixing and chopping and splashing about are almost primal activities. There's a reason most children play with mud pies and sandbox concoctions!
Sometimes, enjoyment is just happening with out our noticing and by taking a moment to check in, we can discover that -surprise!- we're actually having fun. Bonus!
Tell us how you have fun in the kitchen. Does it help to have someone with you?
(Image: Dana Velden)