So today is a special recipe for all of you, it is Smoked Salmon Green Beans Rice Paper Rolls, so keep reading to learn more.
As a child, I learned about generosity through food. My mother would cook simple things most days, but when we had company, when friends came over for dinner, the meal in itself became a special occasion.
Growing up raised by a single working mother, with always a
bit of envy for other children who had large families (while they may have
longed for the solitude I enjoyed… because the grass is always greener on the other side…), I placed tremendous value on having friends over for dinner. If I didn’t have a large family of my own, I was determined to build one, a chosen family. Nurturing, literally feeding those friendships was of crucial importance to me.
And what better way to show gratitude and love, than a good meal?
Not just a good meal, but the thought and effort that go into it. The true gift, is the thoughtfulness of it.
I grew up learning that cooking a meal was a way to love,
and something to be loved for.
A way to say thank you. For being in my life. For loving me.
I never ever take that for granted. It is too precious.
And how beautiful it is, to give a moment of pleasure to
those we love.
A scrumptious bite. A subtle flavor. A burst of sweet.
Preparing a meal for someone, is giving a bit of oneself.
It is an act of love, of friendship. It’s a hand extended out. Open arms. And a
To this day, shared meals remain the cradle of our friendships. A way to cherish my loved ones. To put my cooking where my heart is, if you will.
And I am thrilled Pablo is bathed in this. The kitchen, the
dinner table are such rewarding places to learn what generosity means. What loving and sharing mean.
They are what makes us feel full in life (pun intended). It goes so much further than sharing a toy at the playground, doesn’t it? And what a thrilling, rich feeling it can give us, this gift of self, this gift of good food.
So… since today is a celebration of love, like every day,
I will cook for my loved ones, so we may share a meal, yet another precious moment of
And for you… I have a simple, yet flavorful bouquet of sorts…
These easy rice paper rolls make for a festive appetizer, and a fun finger foods for kids of all ages (Dipping is so fun it makes the food taste better in and of itself!) It’s a nice mix of textures and colors. You could even make them the night before and have a couple for lunch on the go.