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Posts by Minyou Barbara Rek

Minyou’s food story

I will tell you a story about food. You will explore things about my personal memories of places and people related to food. If I ask myself the question what food means to me, the answer iw quite simple; my mom..
My mother is a cook. She knows everything about food and at home, we were always eating like eating in a restaurant. This is for me the meaning of food; enjoying it,at all times.
On the other hand, sometimes I’m lost in the meaning of food… I think because I am really spoiled by nice and exclusive food.

My mother has her own catering company and people can hire her for parties and dinners.She also has a small domestic restaurant and with a group from 10 till 14 it is possible to have dinner in her beautiful canal house in the centre of Amsterdam. But the special thing about mymother’s cooking is that she doesn’t see it as a job, but it is a really herpassion and her hobby. And it is also not that she is always cooking the samekind of things, no my mothers surprises me always, because she cooks in a style that is on her mind in a certain period. 

An example of inspiration for a style is travelling. Travelling is a big part of her choice for dinner or professional cooking. For example, when she was on holiday in Mexico, she sent a lot of food to Holland and in the following weeks the theme of dinner was Mexico.
And if we are going to Italy for holidays with the family, she prepares us by cooking delicious Italian food the weeks before departure, just to come in the atmosphere. In this manner she always creates pleasurable anticipation.

My mom taught me cooking… maybe like every small girl, I was helping in the kitchen very often, but at a certain moment I got my own real working kitchen. One with real fire in it. I had my own equipped site in the kitchen and this was really my favourite place to be.

As I told you, she is always surprising me with her cooking, even on holidays!
During summer holiday we have always camped in small tents and in a regular campingway, but with one exceptional, my mom took everything from home from herkitchen. As you can see; the olive oil, the pepper mill, the colander, theteapot, oven for… literally a complete kitchen!

And this camping thing is also something that my mom endowed me. At the moment that I started travelling by myself, with friends, I was also creative with making my own food. Her you see us picnicking, preparing some sandwich and here we are very creative with helping ourselves in darkness. With a flashlight taped on waterbottles.. And after some years also my own camping equipment consist of a lot of cooking stuff..

So this is what food means to me, a variety of special, nice and delicious food always, every day…  But as I mentioned in thebeginning, sometimes it also feels like being lost in the meaning of food. I ate a lot of special things in my life. Here you see the guinea pig in Peru, meelworms and a grasshopper madeby my aunt, and here you see me fishing on piranhas, which we later baked onthe bbq. When I came to delft, to live on my own, I had never heard of ChickenTonight, or Knorr worlddishes, I even didn’t know how a microwave worked. I amspoiled in food, but in my student home I start to explore the ‘normal’ dishes,and I like that too!



Hungry City

Hungry City book cover

Dear all,

On the 25th of this month (Wednesday) Carolyn Steel will present her book Hungry City in Stroom in The Hague.

‘Man and corn – it all comes back to that. Cultivation and civilization, city and country, paradise and hell, food has always shaped our lives, and it always will. Our legacy to those who inherit the earth will be determined by how we eat now – their future lies in our knives and forks and fingers.’
(Carolyn Steel, Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives, 2008)

Doesn’t this sounds great?! Check the site:

Email me if you want to go, registration is required though it’s free!


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