How and Where People Eat:
I am sure many of us have asked our parents or guardians for a fast food or restaurant meal while out of the house, only to be greeted by the phrase, “we have food at home.” This phrase disappointed me as a child who was craving a McDonald’s happy meal or even as a teenager craving Chipotle. However, now, as a senior in college, I yearn for food at home. After nearly 4 years of being subjected to the few and far between options at Lowry and the unsatisfied cravings for a home-cooked meal that does not cause a stomach ache, I cannot wait to eat “the food at home.”
Over break, I was lucky enough to have my Godparents cook for me. My Godmother, Quinta, is a tremendous cook. While visiting her I enjoyed her homemade chicken and shallots. The chicken and shallots had roasted chicken, that was tender and fell off the bone, accompanied by cherry tomatoes and of course, shallots. It was smokey and hearty, warming your body and signifying many flavors to your tastebuds. We sat around the table together, laughing and complimenting the chef, my Aunt. We told stories of the last few months and provided updates on major events. There is nothing like a warm meal, enjoyed in comfortable clothes, and with people you love.
After dinner, we had a slice of German Chocolate Cake that my Godmother had also made. It is a chocloate cake with coconut pecan icing on top and in the middle layer. German Chocolate Cake has been a longstanding dessert staple in my family. I have made it many times with my Mother for my Dad’s birthday. During lockdown, I also made it for my family to pass the time, and as a comfort dessert.
Before I left their house, my Godmother also sent me home with some of her homemade banana nut bread. In my mind, nothing beats banana nut bread for breakfast.