The Blender. Believe it or not... I cooked two years in a kitchen without electricity. I made everything by hand and learned modern appliances are uh... handy.
Definitely with friends. We have cooked a joint effort experimental meal. We are full and enjoying great conversation.
The host is the guest and the guests cook. Everyone is relaxed, laughing and having a great time.
The opportunity to share something I made, something I love with others. Food on the table brings people together, forms community often resulting in an exchange of ideas. Some good. Some uneatable.
1998 Madrid "Casa Lucio" I had never before, or since, eaten so much amazing food. A five hour meal, delicious dishes, wine, excellent company and conversation. Lenguado, huevo rotos, jabugo, paella, cochinillo, padron peppers... and more. Unbelievably, we ate almost every item on the menu. Sarcastically, the waiter asked if we would like desert. He could not fathom we could eat any more. The answer was "yes". "Three of each please."
My grandmother. She would cook for three or four days non stop. Not just for holidays but even for a casual Sunday family lunch.
Pimm's cup. A refreshing drink after a long work day.
Ahhh... could be a cliche as I'm Mexican but really... Salt, Limes, Garlic, Onion, Mescal.
The meal I did not cook. To eat something made for me by someone I love.
Anything that I can make with what I have on hand.
"Huevos Chiquitos". Great recipe. I'm not telling.