"Bechawen Yebela Beachawen Yemotal"
When I was back home in Ethiopia, I remember almost all my meals being with at least one person. Even in school, with lunch boxes, we would split one lunch box into 5 or 6 people. Nobody complained about feeling hungry.
In Ethiopia, you will rarely find someone voluntarily eating alone. Even in restaurants, the food arrives in one big plate… Picture of Marcus Samuelsson and Anthony Bordain
"Gursha" is one tradition around eating where there is a gesture of love. With gursha - we hand-feed someone we are eating with. Many friends in the US have told me that they miss their mother's Gursha. One friend spent a month having gursha from his mom.
What I love about our tradition is that the food is almost irrelevant.
It doesn't even have to be delicious.
What matters is the company.
It is the soul that is getting the right type of nutrition.