“Aandacht voor eten. Aandacht voor elkaar. Het maakt elke maaltijd waardevoller.”
Joris van Roessel
“Sommige mensen doen het graag en anderen hebben het graag.”
Brought up in many countries, I automatically got in touch with other tastes, smells and cuisines. I got especially close to the French, Lebanese, Mediterranean and North-African (Moroccan) cultures. Cultures where eating has a very important place in life. Where there is a lot of attention for the preparation of a meal, often a table full of different dishes. Spending days in the kitchen is not an ordeal, but an investment for a beautiful experience and memory later on. You can taste the attention. You can taste the time that was taken to choose the tomatoes, zucchini’s, mint and persil in the market place.
That’s also how I perceive food and cooking. I am one of few women that do not enjoy ‘shopping’ to put it mildly, maar getting groceries in the house is what I do love. And then time is not an issue at all. I have my favourite places. And do not mind driving that extra mile for it. Spending the whole day in the kitchen is the best. Preparing lovely meals and dishes is extremely relaxing. Cooking for a table full of guests, it simply makes me extremely happy.
A nice meal is not always the result of spending days in the kitchen. But I believe that you always have to put effort in what you are doing. Whether you spend 5 minutes in preparing something or spend all day on a dish. That extra effort is often what makes a dish your signature dish, what gives it another dimension and what results in lots of enjoyment at the table.
To me cooking is not just about eating, but it is also about spending time together, having a good time together. Catching up, seriously or not, while enjoying a lovely meal. That’s enjoyment to the max.
In recent years I have become more and more aware of what I am eating, where it comes from, what is needed to get it in my home. As a consequence I chose to live a healthier life. Most of the time, because if you love eating the way I do, sometimes something unhealthy still finds its way into my mouth.
At à la Damaris you will find me behind the scenes. The business side of things, the operational side of things are on my plate. And of course I need to taste all these dishes every day. Could not wish to be in a better place.