The other day I was listening to a song on the radio; Pretty Amazing Grace by Neil Diamond. Listening to the lyrics caused me to consider whether I had added the same sort of value to my husband’s life, as he had to mine, and if so, what that value is.
outside cleaning 28 peacocks which he had hunted for the night before, so,
knowing I had a captive audience, I went outside to see him. I asked him “What
value have I added to your life over the last few years? What has been the most
important thing I have brought to your life?” He looked at me with the ‘God
woman, have you nothing better to do’ look, and since that was not enough to
deter me, he put the question back on me – “what do you think is the most
important is thing you have done for me?” I went away to ponder this.
Later that day
we had to drive to Tauranga and somewhere along the Matata Straights, after much
contemplation it dawned on me the value I have added. I turned the music down
and started explaining it to him; “I feel like I have celebrated your
masculinity by encouraging you to hunt and fish to provide for our family. Every
meal I cook for you is carefully prepared so you will know that work you have
done in providing for it is appreciated. In a world that seems intent on forcing
men into some sort of metro mold, you are given the support and freedom you
deserve to be the man you are. I have respected you and your leadership of our
family and in doing so, have helped you to know what a good man you are”… and so
it went for a while. When I was done there was silence so I asked him if that
was how he felt too; he said, “Yeah”.
As we continued
down the road I asked him, “What is the most important thing you think you have
brought to my life?” He immediately responded with “Meat!” I had just taken a
bite from my sandwich as he said that and I nearly choked on it. “Meat?” I
asked, after the choking fit subsided, “What about the fact that you have given
me a family to love and care for; you have encouraged me to achieve my academic
goals; you have taught me to hunt and fish and you have inspired me to be the
best I can be?”. “Yeah” he said, “meat covers all of that”.
And so, dear
reader, that sets the tone for this blog. I am all about food, the supply of it,
the preparation of it and the love of it. I am not sure how often I will write,
but since I think about food all the time, probably quite often. One thing that
is for sure, this blog is about cooking from scratch and cooking kai that has
been grown and or gathered. Please enjoy and if you feel inclined, I would
really apprecaite your feedback.