Nourishing Food Traditions
Updated: May 23, 2018
Some of you may recognize this as the slogan on my website. I picked it all too aware that cooking and eating with people has become a dying trend. It's partially what motivated me to create Kindred Suppers: To nourish those food traditions back into being, too cook more ourselves and share our lives with others.
So what does 'Nourishing Food Traditions' mean?
Glad you asked - in a nutshell I hope it means that we realize food as a really important aspect of our daily rituals. We need it to keep us going, to live and grow. However, I also want people to know that it's not just about eating and knowing what you're eating, but in providing the means for us to share life and love with others.
Community and togetherness is vital, just as food is. Put them together and you have magic.
The word 'nourish' has origins from Middle English - from Old French noriss, the lengthened stem of norir, and from Latin nutrire which means to ‘feed' or 'cherish’.
It's no surprise that 'nourish' also has the connection of being or feeling cherished, or holding something dear. You've heard the phrase put your oxygen mask on before placing one on others, right? Perhaps we've all forgotten to cherish ourselves first and as a result no one else is receiving it either.
Seems rather bleak, but I'm hopeful that there are sparks of life out there that are waiting to be rekindled which is why I've created a platform where people can feel valued, eat good food and share their evening with us and others. Interaction, nurturing, healthy food and love - a perfect recipe.
I recently read a really great piece on dinner parties from Lindsay, a blogger at Pinch of Yum. She rightly said that friendships develop over these meals and that they are the perfect place to share life with each other. Once it becomes a regular thing, you become excited about hosting and sharing food and life with each other. In short she recommends everyone partake or create one of their own. I agree wholeheartedly - people need people. You need people, and we all need food. Why not combine them for a special evening?
Check out Lindsay's full blog post here. (She also has some amazing recipes that are healthy and colourful! One of my go-to websites for foodie inspiration.)
My venture to create food for people at dinner parties and supper clubs is still in its early days, but doing what you love and meeting so many faces is what keeps me going. It's not just fulfilling my desire to cook and to share, but also in helping the local area feel valued in some way and in gaining new friendships. Here's some great things to consider when coming to eat at Kindred Suppers (or any local supper club):
Because I make everything from scratch, the prices are much lower than average restaurants, making it really affordable. I'm not advocating eating out a lot, but it helps to know that I want to make it easy on your pocket! I'm not a fancy, fine dining restaurant, just someone who creates really lovely meals in her a cozy and social environment - ie. her kitchen/dining room.
Homemade & Fresh
I strive to make as much as I can myself and for it to be healthy! Our meals are chock full of fresh vegetables and fruits, low in fat and sugars but still taste amazing without compromising too much. Your health is our first priority and I really want you to enjoy what you eat. I like to say my cuisine is a 'fusion' of cultures, similar to Mediterranean/Eastern European food with some Southern charm from my roots in America too! Perhaps more importantly, I want to share this knowledge with my guests so that they can create these amazing things at home.
You're invited to a small, intimate setting - cozy, like being somewhere you would call home. Because we have one table, everyone benefits from meeting someone new. No one eats alone and often we get to eat with the guests which is a real treat! How often do you get to eat with the chef? We believe it's important provide a fun atmosphere that gives family and friends alike a chance to eat and have a brilliant time together.
We're a small business so eating with us helps the local economy! We love meeting our neighbors/community and making them smile with great food and company is my greatest reward. We're also in a really lovely part of the UK that is surrounded by countryside and farmland. Getting the freshest things from local producers is such a privilege and I'm hoping to include more of that in our meals. The taste is better when homemade or locally produced by a long way!
So are we a restaurant? Yes, of sorts, but one that is intimate with one table for all to eat at. Are you feeling nourished today? Do you feel that food has become a routine and not enough about being cherished, being healthy or having fellowship? Let's chat! You might just become part of our underground food movement!