Sharing the Love of Food This Christmas

As you know, I’m a real friends and family girl. I love sitting down and sharing a meal with those who are important to me. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, old or young; great company and delicious food is all you need this Christmas.

We’ve recently been reminded by the Kaikoura earthquakes that nothing lasts forever. The peace and harmony of our lives was severely disrupted and many people had their world turned completely upside down. We had no warning, no planning and no angels. Until I put the call out and Miss Lilly’s Angels came from all over Canterbury to help. Donations of food, fuel, water, toilet paper and everything else you could hope for, were given with such kindness. Helicopters, ships, trucks, vans, planes and utes were freely offered to transport goods down to those in need.

Together we have carried on the tradition of lending a helping hand to those in need. These last few days we’ve shown that we really do care for each other and the generosity I have seen is heart-warming. So, I’m all about keeping old traditions and this Christmas I have a few I will be keeping. It would come as no surprise to anyone, but I believe there is nothing better than sitting down around the table with friends and family. This Christmas, that will be my most precious tradition to partake in.

Sharing the Love of Food

Food is such an ice breaker. No one can resist commenting about a beautifully decorated cake. Or asking how you made those yummy appetisers. Food is also something which can bring us together. Taking a new neighbour a batch of homemade muffins is such a welcoming gesture. Sitting around the table with family members you have not seen for ages, helps bring you close once more.

The time spent both in the preparation and eating of the food are both equally important. I have so many wonderful memories of my Nanna and Oppy working in their kitchen. The values and traditions they taught me are those which I passing down to my son. The recipes, the cooking methods, the secret ingredients, the way we shared our home with others; they’re all equally important.

I guess what I am trying to say is Christmas is about food and family. It is about sharing the good times and the bad. This Christmas, take the time to be thankful for what you and your loved ones have. Share the love of food with your family this Christmas.

Miss Lilly xx