My husband cooks with love. Just ask him and he will say it’s true. He thinks about what he wants to prepare, shops carefully and then loving cooks each dish….Soul Food. He says he learned to cook from his Granny because she too, cooked with love.
People often refer to cornbread, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese as soul food. Food that comforts and soothes the soul; calming and healing as it goes down. Soul food is premeditated, planned and prepared. Quite often, soul food is as looked forward to as a gift..just waiting to be opened.
But for me, soul food comes in a different package. It isn’t creamed or fried. It isn’t baked or frosted. It is ingested through other senses and may be as much of a nuance as it is tangible.
Sometimes my grandson will look up at me and smile and kiss my hand. Soul Food. His smile and tender touch feed my soul with a warmth and satisfaction unequaled by chocolate cake or sweet potatoes.
Every morning, I rise early and quietly have my ‘sittin ugly’ time. I fix my coffee, find my glasses and gather my soul food…inspirational reading, pen and paper and a soft corner of the couch…all mine. Prayers, meditation, and coffee? Soul food, plain and simple.
Most days I take a walk in my neighborhood or a nearby park. Blue skies, green grass, and bright-colored flowers all make up my soul food plate. A scoop of sunshine, a dollop of beautiful trees and a pinch of fresh air…stir it all together and wa la..soul food.
Soul food, food for the soul is always tasty. It has just the right amount of savory and sweet, for you see, sometimes soul food isn’t what you want…it’s what you need. Like a friend listening to your heartache and helping you see the gift within your pain. Or an answered prayer that was ‘no, not yet’, instead of yes, yet turned out to be best.
Whether you cook with love or just love the cook, your soul food is ready for you right on time. Our creator makes it so, surprising us with a different menu…a variety of tasty morsels, every day. Look forward to your next delicious bite! Yum-Yum and hallelujah!