Favorite Dish Essay
When I was little, I was always a picky eater and only wanted to eat what my favorite cartoon characters would eat on TV, or what my favorite characters would eat in books. That includes things from Krabby Patties, to Green Eggs and Ham. My favorite food happens to be my mom’s brown sugar glazed spiral ham. My attitude towards food was something I bonded with my mother over for a long age. Her commitment to preparing a common meal that I enjoyed paved the way to the type of person I would be today.
The intro starts to connect your favorite food with something more than just food and to your childhood, but it feels a little like it could use more details instead of jumping from being a picky eater straight to ham.
As a child, I used to fixate on my favorite books and memorize them so I could still read without having to look at them. My love for ham started with a well-known Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham. I used to bother my parents and ask for green eggs and ham, knowing full well that the possibility of having a colored ham was preposterous. I was 6 turning 7 and demanded ham for my birthday dinner; my parents happily obliged and that week they went grocery shopping specially for my birthday request. I couldn’t contain my excitement all week about having ham for dinner, it was the most important thing in my life at the time. August 25th, 2004 rolls around and my parents are cooking dinner while .my brothers and I play with my new toys. My two older brothers and I were so involved in our romp that I hadn’t even thought of checking on how dinner was coming, but when we were all called in for dinner something unforgettable happened. Initially I saw everything as one might perceive a cooked ham, a browned glaze, layer enveloping a warm pink center, the mass of meat shining on our dining room tablet. Accompanying this glorious feast, was what appeared to be green mashed potatoes. That was when I realized not only was there a mysterious bowl of a green entity, I realized everything was green. The cogs in my young developing mind began to turn. I realized that my fantasy meal had come to life, relatively speaking since there was a cooked hunk of pig meat dyed green sitting on my tablet before me. I squealed much like our dinner would have out of excitement, but I digress. I garbled the words verbatim from Green Eggs and Ham as I shoveled food into my mouth and to this day, I cannot say another birthday even rivals that one.
I like the descriptions of the food and the details here, especially the last couple of sentences. I might suggest that you find a way to relate this to your thesis/bond with your mother in a way that is more obvious to your reader.
This memory serves as a point in my life that resonated with me and put me on a path that would make me the person I am today. My mother’s tireless effort to give her 110% effort was something I had always thought to be normal. Now being a young adult I look back at times like these and understand why I feel driven to go to great lengths to accommodate others. Cooking ham was an intermediary between my mom and I instilling values of caring, compassion and love. It was just one of the ways she showed me to be an individual that genuinely cared for the likes of others. These meals were occasions where she would ask about our days. Not in a prying manner, but rather a being open and building a genuine relationship with the little boys she loved so much. As I’ve stated before, I was a fussy eater as a child and as a result of this, my family learned to love ham the same way I do. This weekend I called my mom asking why she always made this specific meal and she said, “ I always loved this meal because I used to tell you the secret ingredient was ‘love’ and you said you could taste it every time I made it.” I’m pretty sure I was confusing the brown sugar with love. Regardless, her statement is true and her making this dish specially for me made it taste just a little bit better.
This is good because you start to talk about the connection with your mother and how the food affects your relationship. I think, however, there might be a way to make this paragraph feel more like it connects to the rest of the paper as it lacks some transition. The quote is a good addition and helps to show your bond with your mom, but it does need some more intro/conclusion to it.
In addition to my mother’s secret ingredient, the taste of my mom’s famous brown sugar glazed spiral ham has many different moving parts, as well as side dishes that have evolved from the green eggs from my birthday so many years ago. When you slice yourself a layer of meat from the whole, the first decision is which end you will attack it from. On one side, you have the crispy glazed layer of skin supplemented with sweet but smoky caramelized brown sugar; on the other end you have moist, warm pink meat that smells as I can only describe as juicy, and tender. Personally, I always eat the “crust” because there’s no better taste to me than taking a bite of warm salty meat that’s complimented by a sweet that doesn’t overwhelm the meat, but amplifies the flavor. Served with this household delicacy are usually two of the following: garlic mashed potatoes, boiled white asparagus, fresh baked bakery bread that has been heated to a crunchy crust, candied yams, baked green bean casserole, or corn. Each one of these adds a different spin on this classic dish and each one can be eaten altogether in one towering bite. My favorite combination of all the available side dishes are the mashed potato and bread combo. When everything is all cooked and served the best way to eat this dish is to spread some mashed potatoes on the crispy bread and lay a thick, juicy slab of meat on top and chow down on your ¾ sandwich creation. The culmination of garlic spinning the texture of the salt and meat, plus the sweet glaze all resting on top of warm crunchy bread makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
I love the showing of the tastes/smells here, the details really help to give an image of the food. I would say that it feels a little distant from when you began to talk about your mom, so you might want to find a way to combine the details of the food with the bond with your mom or still include that somehow.
As much as I love ham and it’s accompanying dishes, what really makes me love this meal is the feeling of unity as family when we sit down to eat. There’s always factors of taste, memories and other influences that give you a feeling of love for something but in this case without my family to indulge with, there’s really no meal. There’s just food. Food is life sustaining nutrients and has no standing on whether it should be taste good or not since it’s for survival. But a meal is to share, it’s to laugh over and share the fun stories of the day, or week. It’s a time to decompress and spend family time and remember why we’re thankful. So, in a sense this dish itself isn’t an integral part of my favorite meal, my favorite meal is any time I get to spend with my brothers who are loud and obnoxious. The time we all make inappropriate jokes with our dad while our mom scoffs and tells the four of us to grow up. It’s one of our three dogs jumping onto our laps trying to nip a little slice of ham for themselves. It’s the genuine love that binds a family coming out and reminding us we all go together like Sandra Marcoux’s signature brown sugar spiral glazed ham, and the dishes that come with it.
This conclusion is good, I like how you talk about the meal being different from food. It feels slightly forced to have a conclusion after the previous paragraph, almost like you need to elaborate more on the “meal not just food” part that you discuss in your conclusion.
Overall you have great details of the food/meal. I like the green ham connection to childhood books and memories. I think you could work on making sure you have a thesis which you can then organize your paper off of, as it seems a little like a paragraphs are too separate from one another. While it’s important that you keep the mother-son bond part of the paper, you may also want to elaborate on that and talk more about the meal’s connection to her and you. Since you also mention your dad and brother you could also talk about how the meal relates to them in another paragraph in order to show its bonding connection with your entire family, or only pick your mother to focus on.I would then make sure that the intro connects with the rest of your paper in a way that will help you organize the following paragraphs. However, besides watching grammatical errors, I would say that this is a good start to the paper and you have some great details which you can build off.