- Posted April 11, 2010 by
Los angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Spoon Fed - Share your kitchen wisdom
Make a Feast and Share it with Others
I grew up surrounded by foodies. Both of my parents have cooking in their blood so as nature would have it, I got the foodie gene. A grandma on my mom's side had what it took to win blue ribbons at baking competitions and a great grandmother and grandfather on my dad's side redefined the the typical weekend brunch, making enough food to feed an army, inviting multiple people to share in the feast and having fabulous discussions.
Gooey desserts made with flour, jam, and eggs were my first attempt at cooking--my parents were nice enough to smile at me when I brought such a dish to the table, but I am pretty sure they never were brave enough to taste anything I made. They encouraged my creativity, however, and I have been forever grateful.
The main lesson I have learned from my family is that on special occasions, if it's not a feast, it's not enough and that food is meant to be shared; our famous feast is deemed "Breakfast Feast." I learned simple things like how to incorporate an egg from my dad, and how to cut an apple before I ventured off to college. But, my favorite food memories are of the four of us (mom, dad, brother, and myself) surrounded by friends, family, and a lot of delicious food. Christmas morning is the "Breakfast Feast" of all feasts (pictured) and usually consists of multiple flavors of coffee cake, homemade hash browns, banana chocolate chip date bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries that my dad has collected all throughout the year from various shops (don't worry, they were frozen!), cinnmon rolls, scrambled eggs, scones, and more! Everyone in my family knows about it, all of my friends know about it, and the neighbors come running over when they smell everything baking.
Luckily my family eats healthy year round and as important as the food is when we have these feasts, just as important, if not more important, are the people we share it with.