Eating, Tables and Deeper Things

This blog is mostly about food. As the subtitle says, it’s about ‘the food we eat and the tables we share.’ It’s recipes, reflections and quotes, suggestions for reading and good places to eat. Underneath it all is a deep sense that the business of eating is about far more than good taste. I am…

Patricia Yeo on celebrity

  “Chefs are not supposed to be celebrities! We smell bad, we’re adrenaline junkies, and we have strange social habits.” Acclaimed chef Patricia Yeo is a native of Eugene, Oregon with a doctorate in biochemistry. She is currently the chef of Om Restaurant & Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Van Gogh’s table

“The Van Gogh family ate where they lived, in the back room of the parsonage. Like everything in Anna’s life, food was subject to conventions. Modest and regular eating was considered crucial to both good health and moral wholeness. But with two cooks in the tiny kitchen, Anna could indulge her middle-class aspirations to larger,…

Bread

Sometimes words are as beautiful, as sacred, as those things they describe. Each night, in a space he’d make between waking and purpose, my grandfather donned his one suit, in our still dark house, and drove through Brooklyn’s deserted streets following trolley tracks to the bakery. There he’d change into white linen work clothes and…

Link on bread and sacrament

Hans Georg-Link, ‘The Bread of Life: Comments on a Fundamental Biblical Experience,’ in Ecumenical Review 34 (1982), 249-257.

Apricot and olive oil cake

So it’s my last day of leave, my daughter departs for India tomorrow, and apricots are in season. These factors converging, tonight’s dinner was one of lamentation, celebration and some serious apricot consumption. My choice for an apricot dessert was further inspired by two factors. First, a week ago we headed up a friend’s farm in Nagambie and picked the most gorgeously delicious apricots…

Pomegranate, quinoa and feta salad

My beloved has a thing for pomegranates. Truly. So much so, I reckon if it was me or the fruit I might be out in the cold. Granted, a ripe pomegranate, prized open, is a thing of remarkable beauty. The Ancient Egyptians considered it a symbol of prosperity and the Hebrews had a thing for…

Another review of Eating Heaven

Another review of Eating Heaven has appeared in Teach: The Journal of Christian Education. Eating Heaven, short listed for the 2014 Australian Christian Book of the Year awards, blends both anecdotal and scholarly research to produce a highly readable commentary on eating at “the tables of daily life.” Simon Carey Holt has written this book…

Cooking and Writing

Cooking and writing. They’re the two activities I gravitate to if time is spare; the two things, frankly, I would rather do than most anything else. Yet they are different, so counter in process and reward. The fact is, I can’t do both at the same time and therein lies the distinctive magic of each….