Somehow, for me food and technology never made a great fit. Even today as there are a million different machines and little helpers that promise to make cooking more fun, easier or enable you to cook certain dishes in the first place.
I’m not saying you can cook every dish with just a pan and a knife, but I think some people believe if they buy the latest gadget it makes them a decent chef.
So I find myself believing that a meal will not taste the same if you take the exactly same ingredients in the same amounts and prepare it the same way as a master chef (like your grandma) does, it still will never taste the same. I think there is something more than the stuff that you buy going into food. You might have guessed it already: I’m talking about the love and passion that also goes into a meal.
When my grandma bakes her (very basic) rum cake that I love so much, it’s not only the flour, butter, sugar and so on that make it taste delicious. I think it is also her experience of 50 years of baking that cake. She knows how the dough has to feel and what the cake should look like. When I grab a bite it’s not only the pure taste of the ingredients, but also the memory of all the times I came home from playing outside when it was cold (I’m from a country with an actual winter ) and she told me to sit down at the kitchen table and have a piece of cake and a hot chocolate or the times when she visited my family, and brought a freshly baked cake she just had pulled out of the oven in the morning. Coming home from school I knew the moment I entered the front door and had the sweet smell of this delicious rum cake in my nose that my grandparents had arrived. Remembering these moments when I have a bite might be the most important factor for its taste.
This is something no kitchen gadget can do: put love into food. It just makes me feel good to eat something and to know that the chef was passionate about it.
I think besides not having to spend time for groceries or actually cooking a meal, this is something really great about getting food from a restaurant.
Nowadays you can buy every type of pizza, pasta or even more complex dishes in the supermarket, keep them at home in your freezer and warm them up, when you’re hungry. Even if there are a few good frozen pizzas out there (I’m talking about pizza because for me it is the number one food to order) they will never taste as good as the one you order from your favourite Italian restaurant where every pizza is handmade and passion and love for Italian food are put into it.
This is why I really like ordering. Not so much because of the time it might save me; actually I like to cook myself (but of course not doing the dishes). I really like it because it is just a very convenient way to get a great meal and I know somebody put effort in giving me an enjoyable dinner and I think I can taste that when I get the first bite.
How about you? Would you also prefer a handmade pizza over a frozen pizza?