With my colleague and good friend, Anna Carina Mullins, I have been teaching a cooking class in Copenhagen this spring. The project was called “Mad på Tværs” and was about joining all kind of people from a certain neighborhood by letting them cook and eat together. Every other Monday we met and discussed all kind of thing, among them food related experiences and new ideas for recipes to try.
It surprised me how well people cooperate if they have a certain task to fulfill. The atmosphere was always very cozy and people were helpful and shared their knowledge across cultures and age differences.
The word companion actually means “the one you share your bread with”. Panis or pan is bread in Latin. Sharing food has always been a way of breaking down barriers between people. If you have been traveling in other countries you know how being invited into someone’s house or offered a meal is a way of greeting and caring for each other. An indirect way of say “I wish you the best”. I can recognize that caring approach from the cooking classes, and that is why cooking is a great activity to do together.
When is the last time you cooked with someone?