When it comes to nostalgic eating the holiday season gets the highest score on the ‘food memories’ scale. It is that time of year that specific fragrances fill the house and a myriad of traditional and delicious foods are being prepared. People come together around a decked out dining table to share good conversations and happy times. In my family, when it comes to Indo Dutch Food, most culinary gatherings turn into a treat for the taste buds and evoke emotions of love and a sense of belonging. There is that instant connection and fun food related memories resurface.
Smells can trigger memories so strong and real it feels like you’ve been transported back in time. Especially with particular food, you can remember the people you shared it with, as if they were sitting with us at the dinner table. Some people may physically no longer be with us, but by creating these dishes it is a means to keeping their memory alive.
One day we had a little family reunion with my cousins the Pieters’ Sisters. They shared their special memories of their mom and their favorite foods. We had a fun, memorable day and of course the food was delicious!