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Food and Friends

My daughters keep bring home and introducing to me their friends. This is a good thing, because it expands my horizons and my pleasure in learning about other folks.

One such person is my new friend Jeff, who is a vegetarian. Whenever he comes by the house he allows me to feed him and he gets me to have a drink – like wine or mixed or scotch. His life is full of adventure of a larger scale than mine, so over our drink I get updates that are wondrous tales of his travels.

He spent a large portion of this year being a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park and teaching folks about the environment and how to care for this wild and surrounding area of our world. His video tape about when a glacier recedes and the earth recovers was very interesting. He made Birch Tree Syrup and Beer when working in the area to understand. He ate locally. He posted his video on his Live Journal page.

He had several encounters with Bears that are very interesting to listen to and raise the little hairs on the back of my head! Food was involved with these adventures also.

Jeff loves to travel and to make new friends. He is travelling right now in Ethiopia because he can.

He is learning about the people and places as he goes on his walks/hikes and discoveries and he is eating their food. He will be there for over a month so he will have great opportunities to get acquainted and explore.

Jeff is studying Ethiopian food and learning how to make it; here is his post called “Jeff and Teff ” where he is learning about the main grain and the primary food of the country.

He is making lots of new friends besides bread. He is respecting and honoring the people where he is the visitor.

Grain

Grain

I like this nutrient quality of food – it can provide friends.

Do you have a friend story where you connected over good food? Please share you story – I am thinking of a thankful nutrient with food accompaniment.

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18 Responses to “Food and Friends”

  1. Dot Says:

    I had a friend years ago who always got together with me at a restaurant. It was very enjoyable to sit and talk after dinner, especially in a place that didn’t rush us. Since then, I’ve tried to get other friends to do this, but it hasn’t been something they could afford to do often, and I get the sense they’d rather just talk on the phone. I miss those get-togethers.
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Hacked! by Dot =-.

  2. Davina Says:

    Jeff sounds like quite the man :-) I’d love to hear some of his bear stories, though I’d be feeding my fear of them, but I’m still curious. Teff is a wonderful grain. I have a recipe for Banana Teff Pudding. It tastes just like chocolate pudding. Lots of protein in this grain. My friend stories that involve good food are about “catching up” after not visiting for a while. Good company and good food combined… a winning combination.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..There’s An Artist In Our Midst =-.

  3. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    My church group has a once a month restaurant gathering, we eat ethnic and local, and folks come together to catch up and have a good visit or discuss politics ….When I can go I usually have the “special” for about $6 – about once every three months. My mum and her retired teacher friends met once a month for lunch ( less money) and about 10 came until she was the only one left and she missed those gatherings too…
    I think gathering and sharing food is an important communion to keep us connected to friends or make new ones.

    Davina,
    Jeff could share bear stories for hours….he and my daughter are in your area of the woods quite often – they like to explore and camp and he did a project for a travel company for the Olympics next year….Oh my can I have your recipe for Banana Teff Pudding PLease – please….
    One of the ways that Dr. Marshall Rosenberg of NVC got the Rwandan conflict negotiated was to eat and enjoy the food made for him….food is vital to the peace process…more so than bombs.

  4. Talon Says:

    It’s wonderful to meet new people and experience new cultures and food is one of the greatest ways of connecting. Jeff sounds like a fascinating person.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..In the leaf pile… =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    Jeff is a great guy! and we are all happy to know him…food is a great connector. Thank you for coming on by

  6. Quinn Says:

    Glacier BAY National Park – Glacier National Park is in Montana. Also, I think you were thinking about Spruce Tip syrup.

    Bears aren’t scary Davina! You just need to be sure to talk to them and not surprise them, as long as they know you are merely passing by they couldn’t be bothered. Unless you have food :-)

  7. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Jeff sounds like a fascinating person.

    I seem to always connect with friends over good food – either they cook or I..
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Restaurant Salads Scare Me =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Oh Quinn, I can always count on you for getting my facts checked…
    and thank you for sharing your knowledge about bears…oh you who had several outside your tent and checking out your food stash!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Food and Friends =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    Yes, a very nice person…
    Food and friends…something I am missing right now in my life in real time…but working out very well on line!…

  10. Jannie Funster Says:

    I would love to be there sharing food with you, sounds like a lot of fun. And I’d most likely entice you to join me in a drink too.

    Food, food, food. What a bringer-together of people. Church lobster and turkey suppers. Bake sales. Picnics. Too many to ever recollect really.

    One meal I do cherish (and have photos of,) is when my penpal, Christine, from France came to stay with us for a couple of weeks in July ’95. I made her and her son “Thanksgiving In July,” and it was a highlight, as they do not celebrate that holiday over there. I made the dinner with a large chicken intead of a turkey, but with all the usual trimmings. Pumpkin pie for dessert, of course.

    And we had so much fun. That was back when we still had our old kitchen and I love looking at the photos, I just ran across them the other day. I’ll post them on my blog some day. Good times! Good times indeed.

    xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..3 Photos I Took 3 days Ago & 3 Photos I Took 5 years Ago =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    The first time my in-laws came to my house it was a rainy, cold 4th of July so I made Thanksgiving dinner for them too…it rather warmed up the whole event, and softened their thoughts about me.

    Food and friends are a winning combination.

  12. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    My mom would have to be the one I bonded with over food. She LOVED to cook. When I became a vegatarian much to her dismay she would make me big salads, call me un and say come on over!

    In Michigan one of my favorite restaurants was ‘Roses.’ I’d meet my two therapist friends there and the three of us would chat, eat good food and drink wine.

    I don’t know what church Jannie Bunannie goes to but I want some of that lobster!

    I think we bond with food and our mother’s at birth!
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Interview Online Counselor Zeenat Merchant-Syal =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Tess,
    Thank you for coming on by…oh I remember sitting up half the night and talking with friends over wine and the latest care package from someone’s mother.

    Yes! those Lobster church dinners do sound very good – Maine- ish or Nova Scotia childhood dinners?
    Good stuff

  14. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Like you, I like breaking bread with friends. And an occasional drink is good, too.

    I have so many memories shared over food. And sometimes the conversation was so good, we didn’t even taste what was in front of us.

    Your friend Jeff sounds like a great guy. I wish him well on his travels to Ethiopia. When he returns, you’ll have to share more of his stories.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..What Does Your Blog Say About You =-.

  15. J.D. Meier Says:

    Food and friends sort of sums up my life.

    I make it a habit to meet with old friends and new each week and my favorite haunts. It helps me stay connected, reflect on the past, and dream up the future. It’s always a great change of pace from my daily routine.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Balance Connection and Conviction to Reduce Anxiety and Lead Effectively =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    Thank you for coming by….I wish I was dropping in for tea with you as I get ready to board the train to SF…..I think we should just make a date….Happy Thanksgiving to you

    JD
    We have a restaurant in town where every time we go we end up eating with old friends and staying until they close.
    Food and Friends so vital…
    Now we need to set a date for meeting and eating :)

  17. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – food is always a great way to connect. And folk who get you to have a drink now and then are always welcome visitors.

    Jeff sounds interesting. I would love to work in a National Park for a while but I must admit – I’d probably die of fright if I saw a bear close up.
    .-= Cath Lawson´s last blog ..Thinking Of Immigrating? 8 Things You Should Know =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Cath,
    Back home and finding it easier to find and answer comments on my own computer!
    Jeff is very interesting and fun!….
    I love to connect over food and a drink….it is my communion I am sure of it….