Family | Culture | Encouragement
Tok Panjang / My Long Table represents:
- family connections through food, i.e. connect and establish relationships with our children through food preparations.
- cooking healthy favourite childhood dishes made easy for time poor families and why they are good for you.
- empowering the kids with the love of learning from the kitchen.
- reconnecting with your roots through cultural food and understand your traditional dishes.
- sharing your cultural dishes with your friends and family makes living away from home easier.
Here are 5 reasons why….
Bridging Generational Gaps
With the demand of a modern lifestyle where both parents work, finding the time to connect with your children can be very challenging.
However, everyone has to eat, right? So, what better way to connect with your children than to share and to have fun with them in the kitchen? It is all about involving, sharing, spending quality time and opening up communication with your children through involving them in the kitchen.
Bridging Cultural Gaps
Your culture is about your language, your food, your birth name, your tribe, your sense of identity, your religion and your mannerism. It gives you your heritage: the basis of your identity, the foundation of WHO you are, your VALUES and WHAT you stand for.
Everyone has his or her own culture and traditions, and by sharing your favourite childhood dishes/cultural dishes together with your family and friends around your long table, you are actually sharing your culture and your heritage with them!
Why is it important?
The experience gives your child a chance to better understand who you are…..your childhood, the food that you used to love, your family traditions etc. It is very refreshing! It is also a chance to reconnect to your family and friends back home in your birth country.
Health and Well Being
Traditional foods (which shaped our traditions and culture) are wholesome homemade dishes, created from the freshest, naturally grown nourishing whole ingredients. They are thoughtfully prepared by our ancestors, and the dishes have sustained them for generations, and are being passed down for us to enjoy. Through this we can nourish our future generations.
I understand that cooking traditional dishes from scratch is not feasible for most busy working families, and especially families who live overseas. However, I want to assure you that you CAN prepare nutritious and delicious meals for your family without having to outsource your cooking to third party with the vast ready-made ingredients available right now all over the world, this that you can enjoy your traditional / cultural / favourite childhood dishes in just a few minutes.
Reconnect to yourself
I believe that no matter where you are in the world, you can still enjoy your culture through your traditional/cultural dishes and share them with your family and friends and reconnect to your roots – i.e. who you are through your traditional food.
It is not only just the food; it is the way the food is prepared and made….it can be so refreshing and it connects to who you really are.
No matter where I am in the world, every time I sample or share my cultural and traditional food, it brings me closer to my roots… to who I am, and I am sure it will be the same for you too!
Learning starts from HOME
Children learn from the moment they are born. They learn from people closest to them, i.e. parents, grandparents, siblings, extended families and the community, through everyday interactions and communications.
I am honoured to be able to share my journey with you. Let’s connect through Facebook! Let’s share our journey together.