From land to table, cooking and eating create a sense of community, a sense of belonging and most importantly a sense of family and friendly bonds.
In Portugal, life still revolves a lot around the table. Food and meals are still the cornerstone of every family and every social event. You cannot have a social or family gathering without food!
Friends become true friends when….they eat together…
Most families will tell you that the topic of conversation at lunch will be: what´s for dinner?
Although modern life has changed many of our culinary traditions, the fact is that we are still quite traditional when it comes to cooking…and eating.
The Mediterranean diet is still the basis of our eating habits and there are a set of skills and practices that remain untouchable and close to ancient ways. These intangible treasures that every family and community hold should be safeguarded and proudly passed on to future generations.
Culinary traditions are true family pilars. Practices and gestures that every family and community have and that should be safeguarded and proudly passed on to future generations.
I see them as a way of upholding family values and family heritage….a way of creating memories amongst friends…a way of living forever…