A few weeks ago, the Power of Moms sent me a link to their essay "9 Tips for Dinner Conversations". It is packed full of useful tips (go give it a read to add variety into your dinner conversations). But there seems to be something missing in it.
Where is the talk about the food? It may sound simple, but have you ever really talked about your food at dinner time. With this in mind, here is my list of 9 Tips for Food Related Dinner Conversations:
- My favorite way to eat [blank] is: Pick a food you are eating, such as peas. Talk about the different ways you can prepare them, and which way is each person’s favorite.
- The history of food: Where were potatoes first grown? How did they become popular in modern culture? Are they still found in the wild, or are they predominantly farmed now?
- Family Recipes Handed Down: What is the history of your recipes? Was this dish handed down from your great grandma who made it during the Depression?
- Food’s role in religion/spirituality: Food plays a central role in many religions. How does it affect your religion and how does it affect other’s religions?
- How was dinner made: Talk about how you made your dinner. If your child helped, tell him what a good job he did. Ask what he is most proud of.
- Story about this food: Pick a food you are eating, and have everyone at the table come up with a story about that food. Make sure it is a group project, and that no one person make most of the story up.
- Where did this come from: Talk about how the food was grown or raised, what it was before it became your dinner, and how far it had to travel.
- Food around the world: What kinds of food to people around the world eat? How do they differ from what you are eating? How are they the same?
- Dinner planning: What do you want to have for dinner next week? Is it well-balanced? Is it in budget?
To borrow from the Power of Moms, would you rather talk about your food or historical events during dinner?