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jeudi 3 mars 2011

Food Rituals: Pizza Party


Every Wednesday, me and Clément hold a pizza party for two in our little apartment. Pizza Night is the one night of the week that I consistently look forward to. On Wednesday morning, Clément gets up early to make the dough and let it rise all day, and in the evening, I pick out a bottle of wine and come up with ideas for toppings on my way home.

Pizza Night became a weekly ritual when my mom sent us home from California this Summer with a pizza-sized baking dish and me and Clem decided to try to recreate Pizza My Heart's menu.

We quickly worked through all of their veggie options and then moved on to our own creations, including Winter Pesto pizza and pizza topped with home-marinated artichoke hearts!

Pizza night is our food ritual, in all the time that we've practiced Pizza Night, I think we've only rescheduled once or twice. Like any one who works from home or has a busy life knows, it's important to organize and prioritize your time, allowing yourself to say no to anything that might conflict with what precious time you have to spend with the important people in your life. Every week, we prioritize pizza and in doing so we also value the time we get to spend together.

This is the first time I've ever kept up a food ritual for so long, but I know it isn't anything new- it occurred to me that a lot of my readers probably have their own food rituals that they share with their families, friends, or themselves on a weekly, monthly, or even yearly basis.

If you have a food ritual, please share it with us. How did you come up with it and why do you keep up the ritual? If you don't have a food ritual, I challenge you to give it a try. It's something nice to look forward to during the week and a lovely thing to come home to at the end of the day!

And of course, ideas for new pizza recipes are always welcome!!

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4 Comments:

At 3 mars 2011 à 12:28 , Anonymous Anonyme said...

Hi Emily! I really enjoyed this post - it's a great idea!

Unfortunately, I don't have any food rituals here in Paris, as my kitchen is rudimentary and doesn't allow for much creativity. But as soon as I go home to my parents' house in the Lot-et-Garonne, things change!

And it's at home with the family that I inaugurated New Year's Eve Paëlla four years ago. It all started with my mum wondering what on earth to make for New Year's Eve dinner. By that time, we were all suffering from an overdose of foie gras, roast capon, and roast turkey with stuffing. So we started discussing what we could do with seafood - and that's when I went to fetch my mum's old cookbook from Spain and found myself volunteering to make paëlla for everyone.

I'd never made it in my life before, and we had nothing resembling a paëlla dish (we still don't, as a matter of fact, which basically means I use every single pot and pan in the kitchen, and take over every flat surface!) so I was a bit hesitant. But it turned out so well that by popular demand, I now end up making it every year. I've become the Paëlla Lady (I would be greatly offended if anyone chose to make it in my absence!) and paëlla has now become a firm fixture of our New Year celebrations...

Florence.

 
At 3 mars 2011 à 15:24 , Anonymous Emily said...

That's a great story, Paella Lady (Dame de Paella?)!! I think fish is a great addition to hioliday feasts, you've found a way to bring "surf" and "turf" together, while winning the admiration of your family! Bravo!

 
At 21 mai 2012 à 07:28 , Anonymous kathy parr said...

I'd like to share my food ritual with my kids, every afternoon, at around 4-5, we ought to have sandwiches and do picnic outside the house, just around our garden and cherish every moment there, a good way to bond with your children.

 
At 22 mai 2012 à 15:50 , Anonymous Emily said...

I love that, Kathy! I have to admit- I'd love to expand our Wednesday pizza night to include little ones one day! I think food rituals are even more important when you have a family!

 

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