Sunday, February 20, 2011

Simple Pleasures- pass it on

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!

11 comments:

Maree Rose said...

Righto challenge accepted. My great friend who was also my midwife and my rock when I was pregnant deserves this. When I was pregnant I said when I had the baby I would send a meal to her once a week because she deserves some kindness back. My baby is now 10 months old and I still haven't done it. Thank you for reminding me to give back and setting up this challenge.

Mother Duck said...

It's amazing the difference a simple meal dropped off by a friend can make when you are unwell, have had a baby, or are going through crisis. It is nice to know that there is someone who cares enough to think of you and take the time to cook a meal to ease your load.

I might have to try that recipe!

Jo said...

Great post Shae. I had a shitty birth with Kai, then he had to be put in hip restraints the day after we got home (hip dysplasia) and i was pretty down....and a friend brought round a MASSIVE lasagne, and one for the freezer...such a wonderful thing i'll never forget....

I have a friend currently due in a week, and you've inspired me to try and think how i can make something for her, even though we are moving to SA on Friday and the removals will take the fridge Wednesday!...It might be a frozen meal - but better than nothing, huh!?

Sarah said...

Thank you soooo much for this post.

I have a friend in need. I was wondering what can I do.
This is it!

This was done for me after the birth of my 2nd child and it was such a great help.

I think we should all do this for someone, even if they are not "ïn need" but just a way to say hello!

Julia @ Natural Parents Network said...

I was lucky enough to have meals for 3 weeks delivered to my home after I had my daughter and it was wonderful! I actually have a friend coming over tonight for dinner and am delivering a meal to a family that just had a baby tomorrow! It feels SO good to help out in such a basic way.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

mmm This sounds perfect ! Thanks Shae.

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