Yesterday my cousin was kind enough to take me with him on his monthly trip to Costco. As always, I found some good deals for my family. And the best deal was finding some prawns – prawns which my husband cooked for the family.
The dish was absolutely delicious: the vegetables a perfect compliment to the marinated shellfish. I always appreciate it when my husband generously takes on the task of feeding the family – it gives me a break and I get to taste cooking different from my own.
The food has been cooked and the laid out on the set table. Family members takes their place at the table and prepare to eat together.
A table laid such as this for visiting family members is always a foreshadow of a delicious meal and wonderful conversation. Not only do I enjoy eating together; but I also enjoy the conversation that flows freely among the diners.
Do you enjoy eating meals together with your family?
Many of you know that everyday I eat together with my family (as described in my post Our Family Table). No-one will be surprised, then, that I enjoy eating at a table when I visit family and friends. The meal may be an elaborate dinner or a simple breakfast; but it is not only a beautifully set table waiting for us that I enjoy the most. What I savour is the act of eating together; the sense of comradeship that exists between a group a people who enjoy one another’s company. I have spent many hours sitting around the table talking for hours on a variety of topics.
Some tables are simply set; and others a little bit more elaborately.
I often take the time to set a table with care; and appreciate it when my host does the same. It helps to set the atmosphere of the time we will spend together at the table; and helps to make the event a little special.
Do you enjoy setting tables? When do you take the time to set an elaborate table?