I am in the middle of preparing a series on self-publishing, behind the scenes, So this week I decided to write about something a little lighter, a little more personal. I pulled a question from my Jar of Ideas. The question is as tame as it gets: “What is your favorite food?” I love sushi.
Who are your friends?
A wonderful blogger friend of mine recently posted a thought-provoking blog entitled, Can Someone You’ve Never Met Really Be Your Friend? One important aspect of being someone’s friend is trusting them with personal information about yourself, and they, in turn, reciprocate. I write a lot about my family, but I rarely write about myself, personally. A psychologist might say it is because I have a deep fear of rejection, and they would probably be right. I have recently come to the conclusion that I am pretty thin-skinned. This is my attempt at remedying that, one small step at a time.
The first time I had sushi was about a year and a half ago.
A couple we had become friends with through a cancer support group met us at a local restaurant. They love sushi and ordered several rolls. I am always willing to try anything. So for the first time, I tried raw fish (not including pickled herring, which really can’t be considered raw, even though it is). I loved it! The flavors were so fresh and vibrant. It was also a special night because it was one of the last times we saw our friend Mike, who later died from cancer. We were able to see him and pray for him and his family, just before he passed.
I soon shared the sushi experience with our daughters. It turns out they love sushi, too. Since then, as a special treat, I will take them for lunch at a local Japanese restaurant. This is the beauty of great food. You can socialize around it, appreciating it together.
A Sensory Experience
One of the great things about sushi is the variety of senses it sparks. This begins with the site of it. Sushi is like a beautiful sculpture on your plate. I recently watched in an interesting interview of Alton Brown. One of the things he lamented was people like me who take pictures of their food and post them on social media. He said that the problem was how we’ve reduced food to a visual experience rather than recognizing that its value lies in the flavor of it.
Speaking of flavor, sushi not only tastes good, but the texture of it affects the flavor. How is it wrapped? Does it have crunch? Is there a sauce on it? There is such variety in the presentation of sushi.
Now you know my favorite food, what’s yours?
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I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
My books The Memory Maker’s Journal and Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, are available at Amazon.com.
I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.