What I find fascinating about French cuisine is not the cooking but the food culture. At lunch time the country stops to sit down at the same table. To eat a common meal, to share the same experience.
Instead of sharing the same experience we live in a culture a media analyst called ”me-time”. We are occupied by our smartphones checking the latest updates, eating our lunch in front of the computer or while we are on our way to the next meeting.
To gather around the table
I believe in sharing the same experiences. I believe in sitting down watching the same film. Sitting down to enjoy the same meal no matter how busy we are. How can we get to know each other if we do not share the same experiences? If we do not walk in each other’s shoes?
Food is a sharing experience to me. Food is the tie that binds us together. The break where we unplug. Food is love and the way I show my love to other people. I cook for them.
Or we cook together. This Christmas my better half arranged a family workshop with Loukas of three. The idea was simple. Roll out marzipan using a rolling-pin. Cut out stars with Christmas cutters. Chop and melt chocolate and paint the marzipan stars. Top with sprinkles. Let Loukas serve his homemade confectionary to his grandparents on Christmas Eve. A recipe for a stress-free celebration. Chocolate to melt your heart.
I could not wait until next Christmas. We had to arrange a family workshop this Easter. The only thing we needed was the colour yellow. So we mixed desicciated coconut with orange juice and turmeric. Now Easter can come to town.
Good quality marzipan
cutters (stars or other shapes)
an espresso cup with desiccated coconut
1 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp turmeric
50 g / 1,8 oz dark chocolate
Stir the turmeric in the orange juice and mix with the coconut. Chop the chocolate and melt over a hot-water bath. Now your are ready for your Easter workshop!