Friday, August 17, 2007

I Live With A Chef

"There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden."
-Proverbs 30:18-19

When I got engaged, it was pretty exciting stuff. I was marrying the woman of my dreams; a beautiful, mysterious, fun girl who I was very attracted to. Basically, my attraction to her was my main concern at the time!

It's cool though when you marry someone and then later discover incredible gifts about them that you had no idea existed. For me, one of the big ones was discovering that Jobina was an absolutely incredible cook. I am so lucky! Honestly, I get amazing cooking all the time. Like the other day, I came home from work and was hungry and looked in the fridge. Jobina had made this apple pork stuff with some vegetables that I'm not exactly sure what they were. But as I ate it, I was like, "Wow, this is incredible!" It was so fantastic that I ate it as slowly as I could to savor it. Then I told her that I would be lucky to get such an amazing meal in a fine restaurant. It was like something that you would expect from the best place in town . . .

Sometimes it seems like a tragedy that Jobina's fine culinary gifts are wasted on one as unworthy as me. Really, she should be a chef in some famous restaurant or perhaps a celebrity's personal chef. The fact that she goes to all the trouble to make such amazing culinary creations for me and the kids doesn't seem right. What's worse is that I often get used to her high level of cooking and either just come to expect it or even worse forget to thank her for it. Maybe her cooking is one of the examples of how sometimes you just get something awesome that you don't deserve and you should just smile and accept God's blessing on you. But in case I forget to say it tonight honey, "Thanks for making us such amazing meals!"

(Full disclosure: I can also cook, though not to Jobina's level. My homemade macaroni and cheese is famous in our house. Of course, that is about all I can make, but truly it delights the senses.)

May Light increase!


Lee said...

I can't speak for Jobina but at our house it is a joy for me to cook for our family, especially for my husband (honestly, if Keith isn't going to be home for dinner, we often don't bother - we'll just have cereal) It is one way to show my husband that I love him and honor him in our home. I don't think you can find that in a restaurant :)
It really is a labor of love.

oh, and since you mentioned your fantabulous mac and cheese; are you manly enough to share your recipe on the blog? ;)

Rayna said...

Jobina is an awesome cook - I know that I have gotten recipes from her before that I love! Usually pasta, now that I think of it. She always has these little things she does to make things extra special.
Good thing that you know how to cook mac and cheese! I remember growing up how we always teased my dad that the only thing he knew how to make was omelettes - and now my husband makes AWESOME omelettes! He knows how to cook a few other things too as does my dad now.

Mark said...

I would post my recipe (I am man enough) but it's the recipe that makes it special, it's something in the preparation of it. I don't know exactly what I do, it just turns out well. Do I have "the touch?" Perhaps. Or I'm just consistently lucky!