Even before I ever picked up the book Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist I have always wanted to be apart of a cooking club. The idea of having a whole bunch of friends around, cooking, eating, conversing, and laughing is the heartbeat of my soul. But after reading this book I want to turn this dream into a reality. I love trying to find an excuse to have friends over whether it be for a holiday or just for some wine and cheese or a last minute get together. To light some candles and bust out the table cloths and fill the champagne glasses. Not every get together in my mind has to be so "formal" but I love when my home can be transformed ever so slightly from a Toys R Us and into an adult oasis of from the scents to the sounds. If your weeks are anything like mine than you too can use a good dose of real conversations, of opening up and sharing your heart. Too often we are in need of encouragement and a hear to listen to us but no where to go. A cooking club combines all the essentials needed to de-stress, be vulnerable, and to be nourished.
With every dream comes some fears and I have some with starting a cooking club. 1. I am extremely OCD. When guests leave my home I clean my toilets right away, I like things to be in their certain places. and my home to be presentable and welcoming. I always have a plan and when they don't go accordingly I get anxious. 2. I fear change. If I start this cooking club I would hate to have it one month and then never again for a few months. I get so excited about seeing people and having time with my friends that when schedules do not allign or people get sick I get sad, like a toddler. 3. I fear I will be the only one who wants to learn to cook and learn more about food. I am not the best chef, ask my husband, but I do enjoy cooking when I don't have little tiny hands all over me. I can follow directions decently well and know all the basics to cooking and well.... I love to eat.
So, now what? I won't let these fears get in the way because at the end of the day I still desire my table to be filled with love and conversation. I want to finally start a cooking club. Do you want to join me? Are you interested in coming over to my house or hosting the club at your house at some point in the future? Do you like food and wine? Do you crave community like I do? Do you have free nights sometimes to get out? Comment and let me know if you want to go on a small food adventure with me and if you live locally.
Ideally, I would love to have a genre of food for each get together (i.e. italian, brazilian, mexican, appetizers, breakfast, paleo, make all the book recipes, Pioneer Woman night, etc.). Make a menu. Assign ingredients or dishes and then meet at the designated house (I do not mind hosting most of them). You do not have to be a good cook to join and you do not have to cook. Come, let's break bread together (unless if you are primal, paleo, or keto and in that case I will eat your portion ;) If you don't live near by than I would really encourage you to read this book. I loved the heart behind it and how she shed light on an old art nowadays, hospitality. Shauna is excellent with her words and sharing her experiences with her closest friends and family. Theologically we do not see perfectly eye to eye but she clearly loves the Lord and loves his people. Take the plunge, open your doors and eat together.
Shauna Niequist "The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment. Part of that, then, is honoring the way God made our bodies, and feeding them in ways they need to be fed.”
"The meal itself wasn't spectacular by any means, but it didn't need to be. It was simple and it was good and it gave us something to gather around. It filled our bellies and let us laugh and connect and settle into our chairs while the kids played under the table. It did what food is supposed to do; it fed us, in all sorts of big and small ways."