Today’s 31 Days of Magic project, the last for me, is to cook a magical meal. This project grew up out of Jason Miller’s Strategic Sorcery community, and I resolved to do all of the activities this month. And today, I complete that process.
On the one hand, I can’t claim that spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce is particularly original. This isn’t a fancy meal by any stretch of the imagination. (To be fair, there was also salad, which I forgot to photograph).
But, on the other hand, it has three things going for it. First of all, I was able to pull together this meal of several ingredients from what I already had in my kitchen, and some hamburger meat that I bought on my way home from the conference. Which means that I’ve established Mise en place in my kitchen: there are things in my kitchen and pantry that I can turn into food in short order. Second, thanks to the grimoire of Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food, I know how to make meatballs in short order without thinking too much about the recipe or even looking it up. I also know how to doctor this spaghetti sauce so that it reflects my tastes a little more than ‘straight out of the jar’.
And third, I was feeding a guest, a partner in the upcoming adventures of my life. We reviewed the weekend just passed, and considered the ways that the next few weeks will be transformative in our lives. And behold, even over a very simple meal, a happy fortune of the future is told.
Sometimes a meal doesn’t have to be any more magical than that.