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Eat to live OR Live to eat?


I’m sitting at my computer starving! Its 7:15 pm and I’m ready for dinner. It’s take away food night (lately which night  hasn’t been ) so I’m waiting for my husband to bring it home after visiting his dad He  visits twice a week but  the other visit they eat dinner together so I don’t have to wait I can choose my own.

I got to thinking about the saying “Eat to live or live to eat” and decided I subscribe to the later choice. I grew up in a house which was managed by meal times (no complaints haha). Breakfast was set up the night before. The table was laid, the cereal and jams were on the table and the toaster up on the cupboard. My mum was a stay at home mum so it obviously was set up to make it easy for us not her – it wasn’t for extra sleep in as she got up early when my dad was getting ready for work and that was early!! I used to look forward to winter mornings because my dad had porridge and my mum would bring me a serve to at in bed.

On weekends this breakfast ritual continued and it was these days that revolved around meals as we were all home. After breakfast was cleared morning tea was prepared for around 10 am on Sundays. There was no morning tea on Saturdays as the whole family did grocery shopping.  I loved grocery shopping because when it was completed it signaled the purchase of serve of hot chips with vinegar which we would all get to eat on the car drive home.

Then at home, groceries were put away and the lunch began. Saturday lunches were easy but we all ate at the table. In winter we had netball after lunch. Dinner was then served at 6pm. On week days as soon as Dad would arrive home from work the meal was placed on the table and this was 6 pm too. We had dessert most nights. I looked forward to seeing what was planned for the two courses of dinner each night, watching Mum cook them, lingering to taste test the gravy, dip a finger in the cream, taste a spoonful of unset jelly.

Nowadays all grown up and the major food organiser in the house, I’m always thinking of my next meal, or the next dinner out or just what might be available for a snack later in the night. Definitely I live to eat. If I have someone pop in I immediately think about what food I shall serve with the coffee. If I organise a catch up with friends I always think about a food venue for it. I get cross (mild term lol) if food isn’t right or served when I think it should be. I just love to sit and graze when I have the chance.

7:45pm and I hear him arriving home… HOORAY!!

What about you …which one do you follow EAT to LIVE  or LIVE to EAT.

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

4 thoughts on “Eat to live OR Live to eat?

  1. Live to eat for sure 🙂 I remember the breakfast set up and the lunches too – we used to pick up some rolls and cold meats on the way and Nanna would have the table set up along with some salads, and usually an attempt to pay my mum back for the rolls!

  2. Both my grandmothers were professional cooks. Sadly that gene passed me by.
    However, I love food as much as I love travel and if I can combine the two even better.
    My conversation may go a little like this. ‘ I loved my stay in Nice because they had the biggest range of gelato flavours that I have ever seen. ‘
    Or ‘ I had the best pie I have ever eaten when I visited the Yorkshire Dales.’
    Don’t start me on chocolate…

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