It always amazes me.. the power of food. I mean really there is such a power in food, being around the table to eat.
But I wanted to talk about how memories can be evoked by food.
I was talking with my cousin the other day and she brought up a simple food that she was eating..
And in my minds eye,(what is your minds eye anyway?) I immediately had a flashback of being maybe 10 years old , sitting in my grandmothers kitchen as I watched her make me this soup.
It brought back such fond memories of her. Just the mere mention of a soup... Of course my next time I was out to the store, I picked some up... :) I'm weird like that. But in my own defense.. I did have a sick little one. She loved the soup.
I can remember waiting for the water to boil and then adding the golden egg to the water.. heehee.. My heart literally swelled with emotion. It's hard to tell too, but those are two boxes, each box is it's own serving of soup..and I can remember how much fun it was to tear apart the boxes. The only thing that has changed from back then to now, it the color blue they use today. When I was a child it was a much lighter blue.
So it got me thinking about how food is so important. And how our memories can be brought back by certain smells or in this case just the mention of a particular brand.
My cousin has been doing that to me a lot lately. BTW, You should check out her blog, it's all about health and beauty... http://blushncheeks.blogspot.com/
Our senses are amazing, and it is clinically proven that our sense of smell, can ignite the brain to an emotion. That is pretty cool.
I use to love as a kid, getting off the school bus and being able to smell what was for dinner before even making it up to the front door!!! That bring back fond memories too.. And I love when my own kids are outside playing and they will come in to ask whats for dinner. Because they can smell it outside.
Just the other day, while heating up lunch for the kiddos, there was a pleasant chatter among my children. It was all five of them clamoring for what leftovers they wanted to eat. " I want the meatballs"... "ooohhh, I want the potato soup" "me too" " is there chicken left" ...
My heart melted hearing them say that stuff. They don't want McDonald's! They don't want processed chicken nuggets.. They want my food. And I'm so glad they do.
I'm a lefty..What does this have to do with anything you say? Well, Lefties are suppose to be creative people. I am NOT! I don't craft well, sew well, draw well, play an instrument well, etc. etc. But, I do cook and bake very well. That is my creative outlet! So I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And I love every minute of it. I love creating healthy meals for my family.. (More on this in another post)
I do have to say, while I have fond memories of the soup..and it was like I remembered it. It won't be a staple in this house! LOL.. If something has ingredients you can't pronounce, you probably shouldn't be eating it.
Are they any foods that bring up positive memories for you?
From My Heart to Yours...