There's nothing like home-cooked food
A way to keep culture present
I think I'm getting old, in addition to having space in the home, the kitchen area must have certain specifications to be comfortable in it. For example, a fairly large sink is the palace for scrubbing pots or the mess of utensils when cooking something that involves many steps. The kitchen is that place where everything has its place, but more importantly, you have to feel that this place belongs to you and you can float in it to create your specialties or your disasters.
I have to admit that I came to cook when I left home at 22 years old, I never had the audacity to replace mommy and grandma's dishes. The need led me to put into practice everything I had seen. Many of my friends have eaten mommy's food and, so far, no one has said to me: “It was bad, Gero”. Years later I discovered that I almost cook like them, although I am a long way from reaching them. I have the seasoning, but I lack the culinary creativity that they seem to have by nature. It turned out that Melody also contains that gift.
My menu is not as varied as I would like it to be and I realize every time I remember that at home mommy never cooked the same thing. What was left over we ate the next day, but then came another recipe, and so on. So, now in our home, it is Melody who always says: “Let's try this”. If it's up to me, I admit that I prefer my 10 recipes to which I add one from time to time when a spark appears that wants to get out of its culinary comfort zone.
When I wrote: "There is nothing like home-cooked food", I put it as a title for two reasons. The first is that an American friend introduced Melody and me to if we missed Puerto Rican food. On the one hand, I mentioned no, because we managed to get ingredients around here that allow us to cook Puerto Rican food. However, I did tell him that we both miss how our relatives cook food because we will never be the same as them. As I said, as hard as we try, we're not even close.
The second is that sometimes that moment of the day comes when we have to cook, but we feel the heaviness of taking things out to start the process. You hesitate to eat out and spend money, but in the end, you choose to eat at home. At the same time that you begin the process, although hunger is present, the satisfaction of making food at home is unique, and the flavor that one gives it, too. It is a cultural act that we can take wherever we go; every time we make rice with beans and chicken, we come back home for a while.
I will be recommending 3 weekly movies that I have watched with my brief review and where you can watch them.
Barbie (2023) - Directed by Greta Gerwig
I didn't expect a movie based on a doll to have so much social criticism with an authentic way of doing it. Greta Gerwig represented in the Barbie story what women live and what men believe using satire and the simple truth. You will laugh, you will reflect and you will cry on a roller coaster riding among those emotions. Definitely, a movie I will watch with my future daughter.
Where to watch: Movie Theater
Oppenheimer (2023) - Directed by Christopher Nolan
An unusual way of telling a biography, using visuals, dynamic scenery, and sounds that will accompany the tension of the complex and deep dialogue that every second of the story has. The duration is not felt because Cillian Murphy's performance was spectacular, giving the opportunity to get a closer look at the mind of that brilliant scientist. The rest of the cast was not far behind and did a phenomenal job. I still get that feeling that happens after watching a Christopher Nolan movie, where I overanalyze the great movie that he just presented to us.
Where to watch: Movie Theater
Nimona (2023) - Directed by Troy Quane & Nick Bruno
One of the best animations that have come out this year. In a medieval world, but in the future, Bal and Nimona seek to change the way of thinking in the society that surrounds them. Beautifully animated, this story is led by people from the LGBTQ+ community and I loved that. Seeing them in a different environment, telling an unusual story is the meaning I seek for representation in the world of entertainment.
Where to watch: Netflix
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