Family dinners

Family dinners

By
David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl Andersen
Contains
20 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742705583
Photographer
Johanna Frenkel

In our living room we have a very beautiful, big dinner table. I got it from my mother, and I think she got it from her father. It’s a wooden table, probably more than 100 years old, with scratches and marks from dinners in the past. We really love that table. Unfortunately I have a hunch that it doesn’t love us back because we never eat on it. Sometimes we come there with a bowl full of food, only to take a photo for the blog. Or we use it to sort papers or put Elsa’s toys on. I realise how insulting it must be for a table with that kind of history, but it is just how things have turned out. As much as I love that table, it is just easier eating in the kitchen, close to all our pots, pans, pepper and salt.

The only time we do use our dinner table is when we have friends or family over for a meal. Then we fill it with plates, cutlery and glasses (we never use a cloth, scratching the table has always been part of the deal). We dim the lights in our living room and put on a Nina Simone record. When, later during the night, I listen to the buzz as everyone is talking and eating, glasses clinking and chairs scraping the floor, I always think ‘we should do this more often’. And probably, so does our table.

The dinners in this chapter should be nourishing enough to satisfy both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Although unintentional, we have managed to squeeze in recipes inspired from Sweden, Morocco, Italy, France, India and Japan. So, regardless of whether it is a birthday party for your sister, your son’s school class, or your best friends coming over, we hope that you will find something to put on your dinner table.

Featured Recipes in this Chapter

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