Have you ever had the gift of food?
Have you ever been blessed with someone dropping food off at your door during tough times or after the birth of a child?
I was reading this post recently about a visit from a food angel. It had me reminiscing about the time after losing a baby that I was surprised with a visit (actually it was the same food angel!) who cam with a huge hug and a bag of food, generously cooked by my friends. No strings, no obligation to come in, just a hug and a drop off and away she went. I was so very grateful.
After my second born arrived I was blessed to have a visit from a woman from the Home Midwifery Association with some meals. It was common place to put your name on the list and when your baby was born a few families would cook for you, lightening the load in the early days.
I have also had the pleasure of cooking meals for other women and their families in times of celebration and in hard times. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to help the situation but a hug and a no strings attached drop off of food is always welcome.
A dear friend of mine has had some family health issues at the moment. A few of us have all cooked a batch meal (or 2 or 3) and I'm going to drop it off tomorrow. I'm not saying this to tell you what a nice person I am but to encourage you to do the same.
Know of a new Mama?
Reading a friends struggles with small children on Facebook?
Know of a family where there has been a death or illness?
Maybe make extra of your next big meal and drop off a serve. No strings, no obligation to hang around. Maybe get a group of friends together a la Mamabake and make a day of it. Baking and sharing meals to lighten the load.
In the spirit of the post I'm going to share with you my "Chicken Bolg". It's entirely my own concoction and I make it for just about every meal drop off I've ever done-there is a batch simmering on the stove as we speak!
500g of chicken mince (free range and organic is best of course!)
1 big leek or 2 small ones
1 grated carrot
1 grated zuchinni
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
some basil and oregano (fresh or dried-whatever you've got!)
2 tblsp tomato paste
1 bottle passata
salt and pepper
Melt a knob of butter(don't be stingy) and add the mince and leek and cook until done
add the grated veg and garlic and cook for a minute or so
add all the rest and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
It will look a bit "wet" but freezing or even reheating will dry it out a bit.
Give a bag of uncooked spaghetti to go with it and it can be served with cheese. Yummo and super easy.
So I'm giving you a challenge to pass it on this week. To think of someone who might appreciate an extra meal in their freezer and make them one. Get cooking!