I remember the taste of my daddy’s cooking. He cooks every weekend morning. They were very simple dishes like mixed greens and corn soup. But it was different than my mother’s cooking. That slight difference made an impression on me. Every weekend morning was a special time because of my father.
This spring, I watched Jamie Oliver’s TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver. He teaches about food in the U.K. and in the U.S. In his class, when he showed a tomato to children they named it a potato. And when he showed eggplants, the children said pears. That was shocking to me.
If you are parents, do you cook for your children? Do your children look forward to your cooking every weekend morning like me? Do you teach them where and how foods come to us? Do you include your children in the process of cooking? Do you grow some vegetables in your garden or balcony with your children?
Maybe your children say, “I love fast food more than your dishes.” But you don’t need to take it seriously. They are learning the difference between just a stimulation and something truly tasty. Children do not expect dynamically different foods like restaurants do. Mothers do not put tomatoes in the salad, but father put tomatoes in the salad. Such a slight difference regales them.
Children truly need their parents who are present with them. Children can know and believe that their parents are with them. Even if you make a simple and easy dish that’s not very stimulating, daddy’s or mommy’s cooking makes their childrens’ hearts warm and strong. Your cooking reminds them that they are loved by parents. Even five-star restaurants cannot offer it to your children.
We adults have a tendency to create a big impact or dynamic change. But that is an illusion which our brain has made. Children need only a slight variation in cooking like I did. Therefore, if you only can cook an omelets, just keep on cooking omelets for your children. Maybe they say, “No more omelet. I need something more colorful!” But after they grew up, they will start to feel appreciation for you. They may have grown tired of omelets, but they remember it as a memory of love. Parents, please cook for your children!