Lindsey and I are closing out our first week back in the real world with something that is very important to us and something we plan to make a building block for our home. We are cooking and having friends over for dinner.
Since reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma several years ago and re-reading his In Defense of Food again lately my perception of food and eating has changed. Now, I’ll admit up front that I still fall into the modern food industry’s system on a daily basis, I have not been able to effect my escape yet. But, one of the key premises of those books is that our culture and and food are so intimately tied together that the degradation of one leads to the destruction of the other. With this, we both whole-heartedly agree.
So, we have undertaken two propositions to start out our marriage. First, we are going to cook our dinners at home from real food, not processed kits, boxes, meals or other unreal creations of the food industry (check out Michael Pollan’s rules for eating to get an idea of what I am talking about). We will go out to eat occasionally, but we want that to be the infrequent exception and not the rule.
Second, we will have people over and cook for them at least once a week. Now, friends and family in Austin don’t worry, your invitation is coming but we have to start somewhere. 🙂 This is really an extension of our desire to have a home that is open to all of our friends, all the time. This is certainly not the norm these days, and it may sound unrealistic to some folks. We get that, but we want to buck that trend.
So tonight we are having two great friends over. We’re grilling up fajitas and making mexican rice and guacamole from scratch. They will bring some good beer and we will have a great time of fellowship with people we love. In our home, there are few things more valuable than that.