Let’s eat!

I am always in love with food but during the pandemic I’m besotted. I know I’m not alone. You know how everything tastes like cardboard when you’re grieving? I’ve decided this is the opposite: everything tastes FABULOUS.

The TV pundits say we’re eating out of boredom. I dunno. I’m not bored. Many things but not bored. We comfort ourselves with food too. That’s long-standing wisdom. I am comforted by food but this isn’t mindless eating I’m talking about, where someone shovels things in without really even tasting it or even knowing quite what they ate. It’s pleasure, a reward for living, for doing what has to be done. Sleep, food and sex are life’s essential rewards, right? I mean it doesn’t say it in the Constitution but that’s how I see it. Some people consider one or two or all three of that trio bothersome. I don’t understand such people.πŸ˜€

If you stayed with me during the quarantine you’d eat well. I’ve made salmon vegetable soup, bisquits, pancakes, crepes, pan and deep-dish “Grandma’s Pizza”, pumpkin raisin muffins, lemon bread, spaghetti, linguine with kalamata olives & artichoke hearts, salmon loaf with wild rice, ziti & tuna with green olives & garlic, twice-baked potatoes mixed with sour cream & chives, healthy cookies, sesame noodles, chickpea/crushed tomatoes/pumpkin soup with lemon juice & curry, and even johnny-cakes — these are made of cornmeal & boiling water and then cooked in a big skillet. I had a bag of cornmeal in the fridge with a “best by” date of Sept 2019. It looked ok to me.😊

The main thing I want and am not having are the big-ass salads that are mainstays in my “cuisine.” I just think lettuce is too iffy now. You can’t cook it or scrub it so I’ve tearfully eliminated lettuce for the time being. It’s not like lettuce, with its various recalls and E. coli outbreaks didn’t already have enough troubles.πŸ˜•

I’m also craving shellfish and cheesecake. Not necessarily together. Those aren’t going to be happening either.

I’m fortunate to not be worried about food.

I think food should be front and center in life and too often its role is afterthought or even chore. That’s all wrong; we are nothing without food and it deserves to be lauded and celebrated. I’m on it.

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13 thoughts on “Let’s eat!

  1. Ally Bean

    I’m with you about food tasting good during this time at home. We’ve been cooking and baking up a storm because it seems like a great way to occupy ourselves and stay healthy. Also everything tastes good. πŸ˜‹

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    1. Colette Post author

      Yeah, I’m not sure why but it all tastes so good! It feels productive and wholesome to be in the kitchen too. Much worse things we could be doing with all our free time, right?

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  2. Sheila Moss

    I never cooked before the pandemic, but I actually made peanut butter cookies the other day, something I’ve not done in at least 20 years. I expect the next item that people hoard may be flour.

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    1. Colette Post author

      Flour is already hard to buy online and has been for weeks here. I keep several bags of whole wheat in the freezer all the time so I was lucky. Peanut butter cookies sound fabulous right about now. It’s kind of nice in a way, the food/baking part I mean.

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      1. Sheila Moss

        Wish I had a freezer. I used to but after the family grew up, I gave up on it. It was nice to have a freezer of meat, freeze veggies out of the garden, and buy cheap bread at the bread store.

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        1. Colette Post author

          Maybe get a small freezer? I think they are so fabulous especially when you shop sales. I keep bags of flour, nuts & seeds, dates, anything I buy cheap in quantity. But I understand why it might seem excessive for one person!

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