For the past four weeks my partner and I have been researching, writing, analyzing, creating AND eating certain food choices. We started off researching about certain dishes and decided we would start things that seemed norm to us, and then end with something we knew nothing about. We made and tried a variety of different foods. Each meal we tried extracted a different emotion with each of us; what we chose to eat really coordinated on a variety of things such as our feelings that day, the weather, and what we wanted our food to express that day. That seems to be how we all choose our food when we go out to eat, cook something at home, or when we just need something to give a certain amount of comfort to us. We choose food to comfort us and to make us have a certain feeling.
For the first few weeks we chose foods that were bright and refreshing to really bring out the spring flavors, even if the weather wasn’t always what we wanted it to be, the first week was very rainy/cold so we chose both heavy and light foods for both comfort and others for brighter ingredients to lift our moods. That’s exactly how it worked for us; we discovered the brighter and lighter foods really did bring us comfort whether the day was cold and draggy or sunny and bright. We were able to reach happier feelings and emotions just through creating or eating our food. Even though we had some mistakes through our cooking/baking journey we had fun just going through the process of making our food.
There’s something about creating a meal that brings joy just doing so, no matter how the food turned out to be. The process of creating, cooking, and eating the food was an experience and brought out new emotions each day. We got to learn about the whole process, how much work it can actual be, the stress but also comedy of something not turning out how we hoped, and the joy/emotions when something does! Each course showed us something different and displayed all sorts of emotions. Whether its by yourself, with friends, or you’re sharing the process with family, food is something that can be enjoyed and create a bond between everyone (which is what we wanted to show with our blog)!
-Sommer & Ellie