Come on this culinary journey with me and arrive at the single greatest ingredient I know.
There are two types of people in this world:
1) Those that eat to live; and
2) Those that live to eat!
When I met my wife 30 years ago, she firmly fell into the 1st category. For her, food was a necessary fuel – not much more. She had a few food preferences … cake, big cake and bigger cake … oh and prawns! For her and her family, a celebration wasn’t complete without prawns. Preferably large, shell on and butterflied, grilled and dripping in lemon garlic butter. We lived in South Africa. Thankfully the Southern most tip of Africa is made up of South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia and all three countries have a coastline awash with an incredible array of fish and shellfish, rivalled perhaps only by Australia.
30 years later and I’m pleased to say my wife has moved on. Food wise that is. She literally had no choice – partly because she married a foodie, and partly because she birthed our four (26;24;17;14) delightful children, all of whom are equally food crazy. It’s pretty much the glue that holds the generations together.
Our family WhatsApp chat is nothing more than a 24/7 food channel. Someone posts some food item they’re eating every day. My son’s recent 26th birthday gift to himself was a pilgrimage to Paris to eat lunch at restaurant “Septime”! Our family WhatsApp has 200 photos of the event. Not because it’s a unique experience, we’ve eaten at some of the best, or because he was showing off, he could think of no greater gift, than trying to include us and convey the experience he was ‘living’, at this food Mecca.
If you’ve read any of my posts, you will have probably realised three things:
1) I’m a novice writer trying to establish a new path for myself;
2) I enjoy humour and try to convey it; and
3) I’ve been a chef and restaurant owner for over 30-years. Food is my passion.
I’m a very happy man. Family, food, fun – that’s real wealth. You cannot pay me enough to forego a meal with my wife and 4 children, enjoying simple fabulous food, laughter and delicious family banter. It’s hugely special and undeniably priceless. But…