My good friend has a blog called exhale. return to center.
I think this is amazing advice for life, and especially life in the kitchen.
Fancy-pants restaurant food is results-oriented. It’s fast-paced and there is a lot of ego. Tensions run high, food critics are tough, and employees all over the restaurant find themselves burning out in their “real lives” while they give over their heart and souls to the constant churn of the nightly service.
Sometimes I catch myself approaching dinner at home with this same energy. This can be fantastic when I put a healthy meal on the table in under 20 minutes.
My ego is very proud of my ability to think fast, work efficiently, and deliver delicious results.
But this is not what I want my life to look like!
I am really okay with getting dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. But I do not want that frantic, restaurant energy in my home. Can you imagine a 5-year old learning to cook in a New York City kitchen? I can only picture upset and tears.
I truly believe that our kitchen is the heart of the home. It feeds and nourishes us in every way.
When I get to the table to enjoy our simple supper, I want to be relaxed, smiling, and joyful. In this state of being, I can absorb the food gracefully.
This same energy of relaxation, smiles and joy sets the stage for a beautiful, soul-filling learning environment.
Our homes, our kitchens, our classrooms are the places where we teach children how to take care of themselves.
At heart, this is what motivates everything in the Skill It kitchen. We teach children to prepare food so they can care for themselves.
Even more than this, we hope to guide them towards taking care of their most basic needs. We hope to equip them with the skills and confidence to nourish their bodies, minds, and their spirits.
We have to show our children how to be with our example. We can create a peaceful, encouraging, and patient kitchen so that they can be comfortable trying, experimenting, and exploring.
And this gets created in the moment.
One breath, one exhale at a time.