Eating is an essential activity that everyone has to take part in just to survive. However, there is far more to preparing food and eating meals than the basic requirement for nutrition. It has become the core of social gatherings of all kinds, from weddings and funerals to parties and business meetings. Almost everything humans do seems to revolve around sharing food, and getting together at mealtimes is an important way to bond with family and friends. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but in truth, it’s the way to most people’s hearts.

Gift giving

One way of sharing the love of food is to make home-made gifts such as biscuits, cakes, confectionary, or preserves and give them to your loved ones on special occasions. You can also give these as gifts to new neighbours or friends, who will appreciate the thought and effort that will have gone into making and presenting the food. As an alternative to giving the food itself, you can utilise tools online that help you make your own stylish and professional-looking recipe cards. You can use your own photos and select and customise your design to showcase your favourite recipes, and either give one or two as small gifts to new acquaintances or make a collection for a birthday or other special event.

Family and friend gatherings

Sometimes it’s nice just to chill with some mates or your partner, watching films or sports on the telly, eating snacks, and having the odd glass of beer or wine. It’s a great way to relax, and many a happy evening can be shared in this simple way. However, it’s also nice to do some home cooking for your loved ones now and again. You could make a big one-pot meal like a stew, chili, curry, or tagine. They are usually easy to prepare, and you’ll have less clearing up to do afterwards. Served with some warm breads, or alternatives like poppadums, naans, and tortillas, a well-made one-pot meal is filling and satisfying. Or you could prepare a buffet or picnic type meal in advance, so you don’t need to be out in the kitchen cooking while everyone else is watching the TV. This can also work for barbecues or pizza parties, with the food prepared beforehand then served on a help yourself basis with accompanying salads and side dishes. Easiest of all would be something like jacket potatoes with bacon and cheese. Just pop a load of spuds into the oven a couple of hours before the party, so they are pre-cooked, then mash up the softened potato with chopped bacon, seasoning, butter, and cheese and cook for another half an hour.

If you have the time and energy to throw a full-on dinner party, you can really go to town with the dishes and presentation. On the other hand, even if you have limited time, or are shattered from a hard day at work, there are some simple ideas you can use to provide a tasty home-made meal without missing out on the enjoyment of relaxing with your loved ones.

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts

My motto in life is 'a busy household is a happy household', and my family of seven certainly keep me busy! I'm a trained chef with a passion for creating nutritious meals that are easy for everyone!My five kids are my life and everything I do is for them.
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Written by Sam Roberts

My motto in life is 'a busy household is a happy household', and my family of seven certainly keep me busy! I'm a trained chef with a passion for creating nutritious meals that are easy for everyone! My five kids are my life and everything I do is for them.

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