"Cooking is a reflection of lifestyle and culture. It tells about the qualities we appreciate and adhere to. It is a form of social interaction and a way to share affection and care. It is a primary need that, unfortunately, is devaluated by the modern society. It bothers me."
and then later...
"Every spoonful [of food] is a gift. It makes cooking and eating an act of devotion."
Slow, purposeful eating happened last night. From 6 until almost midnight my neighbors and I grilled, drank (beer and red wine for them, mango maracuja juice for me!), talked, and shared stories. Six nationalities were represented, and we conversed in a mixture of German and English.
My American Mayonnaise (Hellman's, of course) also made an appearance to garnish the wursts and chicken breasts.
And a little friend: