…because some thoughts are worth remembering
I like the expression “to break bread” which means to share your belongings with another person, because the literal act of breaking bread is more than simply sharing a meal together. When I was inundated with meeting requests I didn’t necessarily want to accept but should, I would have them over meals because I thought I was killing two birds with one stone (because I had to eat anyway). But I realized that it was also a way of bringing myself closer to the other person. After all, there aren’t many other things more primal (that’s acceptable professionally) than sharing a meal? It’s easier to focus on the commonalities than the differences when you share a meal (we are all people, we enjoy eating), and stable and healthy blood sugar sure helps discussions flowing smoothly.
When we spent some time with a Swedish couple we met recently, I remembered the joy of learning about each other and each others’ cultures by sharing food, when I attended an international school as a child and exchanged lunch items with friends from different countries. After my husband and I prepared a meal for all of us one night (okonomiyaki, a Japanese grilled cabbage pancake), they reciprocated the next evening with their version of a savory pancake, Fläskpannkaka (yup, kaka is Swedish for cake), an oven-baked savory pancake with cured pork. It’s almost like a savory version of the Dutch baby pancake, in that it is oven-baked and it inflates in the pan. Here is their recipe:
Swedish Cured Pork Pancake (Fläskpannkaka)