Some people don’t like to cook. They make their food as simple as possible, opening a can of sardines and eating them with crackers. Maybe having a little ice cream for dessert. That’s a fine little dinner if you ask me. Others will cook very carefully measuring out recipes for gourmet recipes. Mark cooks beautifully for himself when I’m out of town, laying out his measurements carefully, creating a meal that’s like a picture. This year, I am cooking Asian food and North African food. We are not having dinner parties, so it’s just us. Early man was content to eat food raw, but once we figured out fire, we wanted to cook. Once we figured out spices, we wanted flavor. The North African food requires a little sweet, a little salt and a spice combination called ras el hanout which is similar to garam masala which is used in Indian food but is spicier. I had always thought that slowing down was a bad sign. The slow food movement started in Italy. We are part of that idea now. Sometimes I even let myself get enough sleep. This is the year of cooking.