Monday, October 22, 2018

Day 3288 - Cooking for others while they are sick

Has anyone ever brought you a home cooked meal when you're struggling?  


Back in the day, cooking for people was the easiest form of support.  Long before Uber Eats, dial-a-pizza and store bought frozen dinners, people would help their family and friends simply by delivering home cooked meals to get them through the hard times.  Whether it be illness, injury, heartbreak, job loss or death of a loved one, food was the answer.



We see it in movies all the time.  When someone dies people land on the doorstep with bundles of food to support the grieving.

I don't personally see it a lot here in suburbia, but apparently it's something that is still very prevalent in our country towns and ethnic communities.  Taking food to people is ingrained in the culture.

Actually, cancel that.  I have seen it.

I've seen it at our primary school.  Some parents would bring pre-cooked meals for the freezer which were then handed out to families who were struggling.  We received one of these packages once when Chels was in hospital.  While she wasn't actually living with us, the school still felt we might benefit from not having to think about cooking for a night.  We didn't quite know how to react.  It was refreshing.

The more I think about it, the more I can find examples of it in my own life.

My mum did it for our Chels earlier this year.  She spent a day making vegetarian dinners then packaging them up to freeze them.  She did it because Chels was going through cancer treatments and wanted to take the burden away of getting her dinners sorted.

Given Chels is going through chemo again I'll be doing the same.  I'll be making meals during the week to deliver to ensure her little family is eating healthily while she gets through her treatments.   It's just a matter of making a bit extra as I cook each night, packaging it up and taking it across to her the following day. They'll be eating what we'd eaten the night before.

It got me to thinking about just how easy it is to cook for people.  Providing food really is the simplest way to support families who may need a little assistance.  Sure, there's Uber eats, dial-a-pizza and store bought frozen dinners, but that can't equal the love and time that goes into supplying a home cooked meal. 

As I sit here and work out our menus for the week, it got me to wondering, how many people still cook for others?

Have you ever taken a meal to a family in need?

Have you received a home cooked meal when you've been struggling?

Any tips on what meals are best for packaging, storage and reheating purposes?


17 comments :

  1. Having a home cooked meal ready even once a week makes a big difference when someone is struggling. I've made food donations to those in need. We usually do a few Food Drives each year. #lifethisweek

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    1. That's cool. The more I look, the more I see people doing this for others.

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  2. I've never really made it for others but each weekend I do a big batch of cooking and freeze them to eat as lunches at work for the following week. I don't like sandwiches and "normal" lunch food unless I've just made it, so making "dinners" to eat for lunch is simpler for me. And I find it easier to load them up on veggies than a sandwich, which is only ever a good thing!

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  3. I don't cook for others when they're sick but I do give Dinner Ladies vouchers. They've been a godsend for friends because anyone in the family can order whatever dinners the household loves, have them delivered and even order extras to freeze.

    SSG xxx

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    1. I've not heard of Dinner Ladies. That's a great initiative.

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  4. This happens often in our primary school too. When someone is sick or an emergency happens, women seems to rally around and pitch in.

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  5. This is something that happens quite regularly at my church. In fact, we're currently receiving meals now that I'm recovering from a c section and caring for a newborn. It's very much appreciated!!

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    1. Oh wow. That's great! Congratulations on your new bub.

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  6. Friends stocked my dad’s freezer when Mum died. I still tear up remembering it. It was such a kind, practical and warm act.

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  7. I admit I have cooked for others but more for family. I did batch cooking for both my kids' families when new babies were arriving. My mum used to bring a leg of lamb and all the trimmings to our place (a good hour away) and she and Dad would have a lovely baked dinner waiting for us all when we got home from work (at school) and school. I like the sharing of food as love and that is something I find easier to do too. Sometimes it's a little pack of something I have made. Many of the staff of those who have helped me through cancer have received mini cupcakes. Sad that Chelsea is on the chemo round-a-bout again and hoping all at COBLH can do what they can to help her get back more of that thing called Quality of Life. I don't know if you realise but the first week of November is the 5th anniversary of the opening of this amazing place, so if you are one of those there that week there will be more things happening than usual. I was hoping to get there but a visit to Westmead and one to see a granddaughter for her first grandparents' day are both a priority that week. Sending healing hugs and love....
    Thank you for joining #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt is "I Want This". Denyse

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    1. Batch cooking for new mums is a lovely idea. And your parents used to cook you a roast? That would have been a warm loving welcome when you got home from work/school.

      Thanks for the thoughts re Chels.

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  8. Argh! I commented on this on my phone and it didn't work. I like to make chicken soup for others when they're sick because it has restorative powers! I did some batch cooking for my mum when I was in situ - so now she has a freezer full of home cooked dinners which she can pop in to the microwave and go!

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    1. Chicken soup sounds ideal. My bestie is a big chicken soup advocate when sick. Unfortunately she lives on the other side of the world so I've not been a recipient of her chicken soup. Great work batch cooking for our mum!

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  9. When my good friend had her first baby I made up a whole lot of stews & things and went and put them in her freezer so when they got home from the hospital she and her husband didn't have to worry about cooking. This same friend was also the first person to visit us the night we got home from the hospital with baby #2, showing up with a home cooked dinner and a bottle of wine and it was the best. I also had another friend stop by and leave 2 meals worth of food on our doorstep in an insulated bag the day after Dave went back to work after baby #1, knowing how hard it would be for me to manage cooking and settling a new baby with no sleep, and she didn't want to knock on the door in case she woke us up, it was the very best surprise and such a wonderful way to show her support for us. I think it's a really beautiful thing to do for people.

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