What does food mean to us and what role does it play in our lives?
food is prestige, status and wealth … an “apple for the teacher” or an expression of hospitality, friendship, affection, neighbourliness, comfort and sympathy in time of sadness or danger. It symbolises strength, athleticism, health and success. It is a means of pleasure and self gratification and a relief from stress. It is feasts, ceremonies, rituals, special days and nostalgia for home, family and the “good old days” … a means of self expression and a way of revolt. Most of all it is tradition, custom and security … There are Sunday foods and weekday foods, family foods and guest foods; foods with magical properties and health and disease foods. (15)