We spontaneously had a New Year’s Day lunch. The idea was for takeout until we weren’t sure if restaurants would be open. So I offered to make Chinese take-out because I recently found a few websites to make take-out from scratch. I was eager to try some new recipes.
The menu was egg fried rice, chow mein noodles,
General Tso’s chicken and beef teriyaki. I brought a lot of the ingredients to my sister in law’s house and started preparing. It was a bit crazy to cook four separate meals that required cooking at the same time but we made it work. My husband was a big help at the end of cooking. When I was finishing up other aspects of the meal he helped with the chicken. The result was tasty but didn’t taste like a Chinese restaurant take-out. My husband and I felt the chicken needed more sweetness and to be cooked another way for the crunchy coating that didn’t really happen. Other aspects did not have the strong, full flavor as expected but the results were still good and we got rave reviews. People also went for seconds and were impressed.
I learned a lot today. When I am cooking I am focused. It’s not until I feel comfortable with all aspects of the meal that I am chatty and more relaxed. It made me think: ‘What impression am I giving to not engage in conversation while cooking?’ ‘Does it bother people?’ So I should either cook something I’m more familiar with if I’m cooking while guests are there, or cook simpler meals. If the meals were prepared before guests arrived it wouldn’t have mattered, but today I noticed I was less sociable while cooking. I decided it was not the impression I wanted to give. So in the future I should plan differently if I am to be more hospitable. Love should not just come from the food but radiate from you while you cook it as well. So can cooking a complicated meal lead to less hospitality? For me, yes.
May your home always be a welcome place filled with God’s love.
Questions to Ponder:
- Do I get quiet when I’m focused on preparing a meal, table, or ambience for my guests, causing me to neglect my guests?
- Do I make my guests feel welcome and relaxed by what I say and my body language?
- How do I or can I create a warm atmosphere for my guests while I am cooking?
- If I am not projecting the image I want what steps could I take to ensure I am calm and relaxed to welcome my guests with a warm and joyous heart?