One of the things I absolutely love about living in a town of 23,000 people is how neighborly it is. Whenever someone is in need, the community comes through with flying colors.
This past week, my friend Everett came by with his pick-up and helped us move a whole bunch of furniture. Ev is one of what I have dubbed the man-angels of Laguna Beach. Those guys that just show up, give a hand, and won't let you thank them beyond a good hug or a handshake.
When I don't know how to thank somebody, I like to make food. Laguna does not have great exposure to the wonders of ethnic foods, so I prepared North African Chicken and Chickpea Stew, a rich and savory dish with complex layers of flavor.
Food is a universal offering that bridges all spaces. It is a simple symbol of the heart and hands that we all share. It is a gift of time, love and sustenance that -at its best- nourishes the soul too.