I ate a flower today, and it was fucking delicious.
Coming home from a long day of work, I got a notification on my phone. My friend Emily asked me if I wanted to join her and some friends for dinner tonight. YES. Our friends Julia and Ashley were there along with Emily’s roommate, Jess. As I walked up to the apartment and rang the bell, I was greeted with a somewhat interrogative “Who’s there...?”, kind of intimidated I murmured back “Alex”. The gate opened up. Walking to the door of the apartment I saw Julia and she greeted me and profusely apologized for the accidental aggressiveness over the intercom. I laughed so hard and we hugged. Julia was actually an RA for my dorm this year and she is the sweetest thing ever. She’s kindhearted, caring, and funny! We walked into the apartment and it smelt divine. I greeted Jess and she kindly offered me a drink as we caught up. Ashley walked in and I greeted her!
They were cooking bowtie pasta with basil pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella with a side of green beans and salad with roasted sweet potatoes. Everyone worked around one another preparing the meal. Emily grows herbs outside her window including flowers called Nasturtiums. Nasturtiums are in fact edible! We picked a few and added them to our dish.
The meal was wonderful and so were the flowers. We sat down, played a game of BS, and had some great conversations. I didn’t really know the girls too well before but I really felt like I bonded with them over the meal. We got to share our perspectives, share stories, and enjoy each others company. This is what What’s Cooking is all about, creating connections and community over home-cooked meals. We connect on a unique and intimate level when we eat food with one another. This is the sort of thing What’s Cooking wants to make more prominent in our society.