Who’s in charge?
There’s something more between it. This connection between the cook and cooked. Between the cook and the ingredients, the cook and the recipe, is the Flow. This space of flow is where the culinary intuitive lives. Only when thought forms fade into the backdrop of nowhere can you awaken your intuitive titan of the culinary kind. The culinary intuit, relies less on measurements, recipes, and books. It is often a free-form, trial and error process, filled with the potential of naturally occurring authenticity. It just requires more trust and less thought.
Mom, grand mom, great-grand mom knew this way before cookbooks. Families were well cared for and some of us were much healthier. Through observation, oral translation, and less technicality and technology great meals were created. We all have this creative energy waiting to be tapped. There will always be meals waiting to be brought to life and to the table. With desire, there is always time to make it happen.
Someone has always handled the torch. This someone wears the badge of “the biggest food influence in the nutrition life of most people”(Wansink, 2006, 1324). The one to buy and prepare food for the family is the “nutritional gatekeeper” as researchers call it. They also claim that 70% of the food we eat is controlled directly and indirectly by the nutritional gatekeeper. That’s a big chunk of the pie.
The nutritional gatekeeper is the power behind “developing and regulating the family’s dietary needs and preferences”, according to Cornell Food Lab. It’s an enormous undertaking, to say the least. Once solely in the hands of women, the bread-baking homemakers, today the nutritional gatekeeper is not just mom. This power, once centralized in one pair of hands, has spread to the hands of many. Dad, grandma, grandpa, nanny, housekeeper, personal chefs, food service professionals, large corporations or whomever we are trusting to prepare our food and feed us or our family members a majority of the time. At home; at work; at school, someone is playing this part.
Of course, there is a flip side. The further we move from being or knowing our gatekeeper, the further away we get from home base, the less power and influence we have over own long-term health. As we entrust others with one of our most valuable assets, we have to ask ourselves, who is this someone? Who is your nutritional gatekeeper?
If you are not already, I challenge you to be your own gatekeeper for a day. Are you up for it? Can you cook a meal without all the accouterments? No measurements, no recipes, no timer and whatever is currently in your home kitchen. Don’t think too much about it. Get in the Flow. You can do it! I’d love to hear about what you have created.