Firstly, my beloved friend AG and Ike celebrated their 20th anniversary as life partners. AG has been my “bestie” for nearly 35 years. My soul mate, my “glomesh” (the good looking accessory, when I needed a partner to many events and functions over the years), my travel companion, my house mate on numerous occasions and my witness at my wedding. So to be present for this celebration of their togetherness, was particularly special to me. Together with P & T, R & R and Tez, we put together a delicious dinner and celebrated their milestone with them on New Year’s eve. How wonderful and what a lovely celebration we had. I even attempted my first major cake decorating effort.
This photo was taken that evening.
While we chatted, Bella made some observations about my other dearest best friend and life mate, Tezza.
Nearly 20 years now since Tez, my other soul mate and I first met and 17 years of marriage this year. Tez enriches my life in so many ways and it is so comforting to know that we have reached a place of such rhythm and harmony that facilitates our diverse personality traits. How fortunate we are that we found each other and decided to make the commitment to be each other’s life partner. Both interested in food, wine, our home life, garden and travel, means that so much of our life revolves around food and the art of conviviality. We plan our travel around food experiences, Tezza’s hobbies include researching wine and buying it, researching restaurants we must try and of course, he is my quality controller/critic/advisor of everything I cook. In fact, everywhere we go, Tez searches for the equivalent of the good food guide, so he can research where we should eat - more often than not, we just go to what appeals to us as we walk past!!
Anyway, back to the point of this particular blog ……. Just about everything, every experience and every event that jumps into my head with friends, seems to be associated with food. Either an event of amazing food (Tez and my 10th anniversary at Le Cinq in Paris, for example), bad functions when we have not had enough to eat or had really bad food, or the thousands of meals, picnics, restaurant dinners that have been shared. But all the food events are always with friends. So I got to wondering what do people who are not into food do to connect? What are the ingredients that keep other friendships/relationships together?? So is comfort food really about the nurturing of our souls through our friendships?……because I just can’t imagine enjoying the company of my plethora of “besties” without a shared table being involved.
As I continue to plan and develop the schedule for Plough Creek Cooking School, plan our holidays for 2013, 2014 & 2015, as I reminisce and keep in touch with our extended network of friends and family, I realise the centrepiece of it all is Food!
I guess the two just belong together – Friendship and Food.