The weeks can be busy, as much as I try to simplify them. Between Bailey being at school, and my husband working long hours in London, there aren’t many opportunities for us all to sit down together and eat.
When the weekend comes around we take the occasion to settle at our kitchen table for a while and enjoy a slow, family lunch. Simply by sharing a meal side by side, passing food and breaking bread with one another, helps bring us closer together. It gives us the chance to talk, and just be with each other – it’s one of the things that fills me up for the week ahead.
I am very thankful to have learnt from my parents that lunch stretched over a few hours with good company can be one of life’s most pleasurable things. Growing up, our weekends would usually involve my Dad cooking up a feast, especially if we had visitors. Then the rest of the day would be lost to food, wine (for the grown-ups), great conversation and a lot of laughter.
I want to instil in Bailey the same simple slow joys. You don’t need much to make an afternoon special, just some time set aside to prepare things and cook. She really loves to help in the kitchen, and wants to be involved in chopping things and setting the table. As she grows, I hope these family traditions will become more established for her.
To me, one of my favourite aspects of a slow, family lunch is the ritual of laying the table; to unfurl the linen tablecloth and smooth the soft fabric into place, to light the candles, and put out some simple vases of flowers. To place the plates, glasses, and fold the napkins. Easy, homely things, that we don’t get a chance to do during the week.
When we make the time to fetch a tablecloth from the linen cupboard, it always makes the meal feel extra special. There is something so lovely about linen, the weight, the texture of the grain, the way it creases and crumples, telling tales of lunches past…
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