Author Dr Gary Chapman captured our imagination when he wrote his best-selling book, “The 5 Love Languages”. Chapman listed these as: Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, and Physical Touch. However, did this renowned author of Love Languages actually miss one? Covid-19 has made us realise that food is a love language. Food not only satisfies and nourishes our bodies; it has a long history of bringing people together, especially in intimate and romantic relationships.
Cooking has become a love language of its own – it inspires quality time and builds trust and connection. It is no surprise that food is the cornerstone that brought the Leshabanes together; a charming love story bringing to life the old adage: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Now over a decade into their marriage, Olwethu has finally spilt some tea on the meal that sealed the deal for her marriage.
“Cooking and food for us as South Africans go beyond nutrition and alleviating hunger. Having been raised with my grandmother’s cooking, family, friends, cultural heritage, and ultimately love, food and cooking were at the centre of my appreciation. So, when it was time to show the depth of my love, affection and fondness to my man, I went to the not-so-hidden ‘secret’ – food! I won’t go into what the meal was because I don’t think that’s important. The hook was in the spirit of the meal and the intent behind it. And as they say… the rest is history,” said the still deeply love-struck Olwethu.
Coming from the queen of a ten-year union who has gifted South Africans with nothing but relationship goals, there is no denying that food and romance are definitely “joined at the hip”. The two lovebirds swear by food and cooking as a small but monumental sign of the intimacy of their relationship.
“Find the best partner in your kitchen. By partner I mean, find the correct utensils, healthy ingredients, cooking appliances that enhance flavour and save time; inspiring your cooking experience while you create delicious, special meals for your family. I found that kitchen partner in AEG’s innovative appliances, and my husband’s favourite AEG appliance is the dishwasher! AEG gives me consistent restaurant quality in my cooking and not only helps me express my love for my family, but also keeps everyone in our home happy,” said Olwethu, smiling beautifully from ear to ear.
It’s true that there are many creative ways to express love and feel more connected. That said, it’s quite clear that a tasty adventure awaits the Leshabanes in this month of love.