Food Glorious Food
January 10, 2012, 10:49 pm
Filed under: cooking, hospitality, humor, love, Parenting, Teenagers | Tags: , , , , ,

Food, glorious food!
Hot sausage and mustard!
While we’re in the mood —
Cold jelly and custard!
Peas pudding and saveloys!
What next is the question?
Rich gentlemen have it, boys —

Food, glorious food!
We’re anxious to try it.
Three banquets a day —
Our favourite diet!

Just picture a great big steak —
Fried, roasted or stewed.
Oh, food,
Wonderful food,
Marvelous food,
Glorious food.

Food, glorious food!
What is there more handsome?
Gulped, swallowed or chewed —
Still worth a kin’s ransom.
What is it we dream about?
What brings on a sigh?
Piled peaches and cream, about
Six feet high!

Food, glorious food!
Eat right through the menu.
Just loosen your belt
Two inches and then you
Work up a new appetite.
In this interlude —
The food,
Once again, food
Fabulous food,
Glorious food.

Food, glorious food!
Don’t care what it looks like —
Don’t care what the cook’s like.
Just thinking of growing fat —
Our senses go reeling
One moment of knowing that
Full-up feeling!

Food, glorious food!
What wouldn’t we give for
That extra bit more —
That’s all that we live for
Why should we be fated to
Do nothing but brood
On food,
Magical food,
Wonderful food,
Marvellous food,
Fabulous food,

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/soundtracks/o/oliverlyrics/foodgloriousfoodlyrics.html

If you have teenagers, you know this song is true. If you have four as I do at the same time under the same roof this song is repeated at least four times a day by four different voices. It can be bellowed, calmly spoken, sung tiredly, grouchily, pleadingly and empathetically. It really does not matter how it is communicated the message is clear. Food and lots of it must be provided. I love to cook, I think I was Jewish in a past life because I am like a Jewish grandmother when it comes to food.”Eat, Eat, you are so skinny, how will you be a doctor if you don’t get your food. More you want more its good, just a little bit more, you need to be healthy, growing boys need to eat!” I would say with my New York accent. Food is another word for love. If I love you I feed you.

The jokes about food consumption in my home are constant. Isaac puts away a huge amount of food and I do not know where it goes. Christian asks for meat for his birthday and for Christmas. John is my little snacker all day long. It is at times a humorous experiment for me to double or triple a recipe on the hope we might have left overs, only to discover it devoured by bed time. The great thing is that we have food. In a family where two of its members know the true meaning of starvation, our awareness of our blessing to have food on a daily basis is sharp. The other great thing is my family loves to share. Our Kitchen is a revolving door. My kids know they can bring anyone home at pretty much any time and I will feed them. I really like to bless others with food, that is what is so glorious about food to me. I may have nothing in common with you but come to my table, let me feed you and we will be friends.

Last night we had over thirty people here eating pulled pork, the boys varsity and JV basketball teams were over. A family friend texted and asked if he could stop by. I told him he was welcome but it was up to him as we would have lots of people here. He came, my parents were here, a few coaches, and a couple of extra little ones thrown in with my family, and over thirty people were fed. Isn’t that great? Isaac called me from school today to ask if he could bring three friends over for lunch. Of course, bring them. It was fast, and two quiches were gone in about three minutes. I had the honor of having a home where my son wants to bring people. Another phone call in the afternoon from a friend who needs some help for her son with transportation to the game. Just send him home with my boys, we will feed him, and we will get him to the gym. My mom helped me out, and another round of food was prepared and consumed. Isaac told me one of his friends does not get many home cooked meals and lunch today was the best meal he’d had in a while. Food Glorious Food feeds the body nourishes the soul and keeps my house alive!


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Hi Kawi,

We continue to enjoy your blog and, of course, the Lila blog won our hearts. I frequently pass them on to friends and family. I am not sure how you find the time but thank you.

We have always been greatful that Sara and Adam found you and your family. But reading your blogs and knowing you better through them we realize what a gift it is.


MA & Alan

Comment by MA Swedlund

Thanks so much for your kind words! It means so much to me and made my week! You have raised a very special woman as well and I am blessed to be an honorary part of the family.

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