For some time, I believed that mashed potatoes possessed some form of magical energy…
I used to make them on a regular basis for my ladies once they had been in center faculty. At first, I believed they had been the right salve for these terrible braces-tightening nights, all soothing and creamy, however fairly quickly it appeared as if I used to be counting on the traditional consolation meals as an elixir for all their eighth grade woes. (How powerful is eighth grade?!) Why it was so useful — for my children and their mom — I’m not so certain. I’m guessing it had one thing to do with the truth that it’s unimaginable to be unhappy when buttery mashed potatoes are on the plate, and in addition as a result of it felt good to imagine there was a tangible answer to largely very intangible issues.
I’m not the one one desires to imagine within the positivity energy of particular meals.
Alexandra Stafford informed me this candy story: “”My husband Ben withdrew from medical faculty to hitch the Marine Corps. On the morning he left for Quantico, the chef of the restaurant the place I used to be working made him a giant plate of steak and eggs: pan-seared hanger steak topped with two completely fried eggs. After that, earlier than each deployment, steak and eggs was Ben’s send-off meal, and at this time, every time anybody within the household faces one thing large — a brand new job, a remaining recreation, a ‘scary’ piano recital — steak and eggs, in some type, materializes. Its monitor document, so far, is sweet.”
My pal Catherine has a meal she makes her household “once we all must really feel hopeful — salty, boiled artichokes with lemony butter for dipping.” My daughter, Phoebe, says baking banana bread holds metaphorical therapeutic powers for her on dangerous days, the best way it “turns one thing rotten into heat yumminess.” Barack Obama has a fortunate pasta, so credited as a result of he ate it proper earlier than a profitable Presidential debate that turned issues round for him.
And, after all, cultures internationally have particular menus to commemorate New Years celebrations — apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah, noodles for Lunar New 12 months — symbolic dishes believed to courtroom issues like sweetness, longevity and prosperity within the coming 12 months.
What about you all? Do you might have a fortunate meal? Inform me the story!
P.S. Chocolate banana bread and the key to an incredible dinner with mates.
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