Taste of life

How plain life becomes when you can’t eat tasty food. For 3 days now I haven’t been able to eat anything but white bread, pasta and plain yogurt. Water has been my source of fluid, but the water here in Santiago de Chile basically tastes like the air looks – full of smog. I’m sure it’s clean enough to drink but anyway the taste makes you not want to drink too much. Food poisoning (or something alike) is the reason my weekend has been focused on not eating and not moving which obviously hasn’t been very interesting, but it has given me time to consider how important food, or more specifically taste, is for quality of life.

I am now able to move around again and I’m ready to start up my social life after days of not seeing people. But still I can’t eat and this actually has a huge effect on how I can attend social meetings – there will be no BBQ on sunday, no coffee in a cafe this afternoon and definitely no meeting over a nice lunch or dinner. I’ve always known that food and drinks are very central in most social meetings. Even the way we place ourselves in a meeting is most often around a table, the BBQ or a bar – around things that we can share and consume. I think the sharing of something makes it easier and more comfortable to meet another person, because it provides you with a base of having something in common. It’s like the weather – you can always talk about the weather. And you can always talk about food. Moreover, the physical positioning around something that you share can create a feeling of safety, where you’re shielded off from the world outside. Within the borders of the group there is a mutual understanding of why we’re together, what social codes are dominating and what is shared. This I believe is a safety that everyone is seeking to create a comfortable setting in which you can enjoy both old and new social relations. Maybe this could partly be an explanation to why food and drinks are so important when we meet with friends, family or strangers?! Do you have other ideas of why it might be like this or do you maybe have another conception of the role of food in social meetings? Leave a comment below – it would be great to hear your opinion!

So… this break in my consummation of food and the very little stimulation my taste buds have received these last days has resulted in a craving for food that I haven’t experienced for long. I have decided that the first thing I’m gonna cook when I can start to eat normal again, is this chicken-spinach lasagna. It’s beautifully soft, the chicken and spinach makes it lighter than a regular lasagna and the chili gives a nice kick to it. A great recipe that I got from an old friend’s dad and you can find it here.

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