“That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “Man-hu?” (What is it?) For they did not know what it was.” Exodus 16:13-15
Although I’ve never eaten manna or quail, they are reminders to me of the virtues of cooking simple foods and being thankful for what’s on my table.
Simple to me means a diet based on whole, unprocessed foods. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional indulgence, because I believe that balance is important. However, more and more I strive to eat to live rather than living to eat.
I also believe that being thankful is extremely important. I was raised by my grandparents who lived through the Great Depression. They taught me to always give thanks before eating. I have to admit, there were times when I wasn’t thankful, like on tuna casserole night, but I am grateful for what I learned from them. Unlike my grandparents, and many people across the world, I’ve never known what it means to be truly hungry or wondered where my next meal would come from.
This blog captures my steps on the journey of simple cooking and thankful eating.
When I’m not cooking, I also enjoy writing the “Oklahoma Eats” food page for Oklahoma Living magazine.