Food And Feelings…

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I’ve never had the best of relationships with food… I was a fussy eater when I was little, and even now, I have particular quirks that can irritate anyone who is nice enough to prepare food for me, yet seem perfectly logical to me.

For example, I have mixed feelings about stew… No matter what you call it, casserole, stew, cassoulet, ragout – to me it is a dish to be regarded with great suspicion as it appears an excuse to cover a variety of items that I might not like with a coloured sauce in an attempt to disguise them.

Like mushrooms. I can appreciate them for their … aesthetic value, but whenever my mother puts mushrooms in a dish, I will systematically pick them out and lay them on the side of my plate like a row of slimy brown corpses…

I don’t like all my food items to be touching. If I have something like baked beans, chips (fries) and sausage, there has to be a clearly delineated zone between the said items. This makes perfect sense to me – who wants to eat chips soggy with bean juice?

And yet, I love reading recipe books, I am fascinated by cookery programmes, follow various food blogs and can eat out once in a while without too much mental trauma…

18618386_128858504336024_1624263357_oDinner out with my son and a rare exception to my general rule of no sneaky sauces or intrusive ingredients… a lovely risotto

My mother is of the generation where food equates to love; for her, you demonstrate you care by cooking for someone, pressing extra portions on them, piling their plate high. Every food shopping trip is planned with military precision … and yet we still end up going back for an ingredient that she can’t possibly do without… much to my exasperation.

I go “off” items with, to her annoying unpredictability, refusing to eat things that my mother considers a delicacy and that I will have nightmares about… lobster equals luxury food item to my mother; to me… it’s basically a giant bug that belongs in the realms of horror. Or at least in the sea where it lives.

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My younger son is vegetarian, which is beginning to appeal to me quite strongly. It seems cleaner, somehow, and kinder. I’m not condemning meat eaters at all – who am I to judge? Indeed, as long as you eat meat with appreciation and gratitude for the animals’ sacrifice, then fair enough.

I would NEVER attempt to impose eating regulations on my cats, they are obligate carnivores after all and need a protein based diet, so I will (mostly) hunt far and wide for the perfect of catfood that will satisfy my girls’ delicate palates…

As for me? Well, I know I don’t have to go too far to hunt down my next packet of biscuits… or watermelon!

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30 thoughts on “Food And Feelings…

  1. The range of food preferences is always interesting to me–what you mention about keeping foods separate is a common one, but then there are the people, like my husband, who take a plate of food and mix it all together before consuming 🙂 I have a friend who won’t eat brownies with nuts because they have to be “pure,” with no inclusions! Not sure about her position on chocolate chip cookies…

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    1. I agree with your friend, no nuts..but things can only be improved with more chocolate, I feel… baby food always puzzled me too, because it’s all mashed up together, so how do you know if the baby likes it..they might like beef but not the carrots!

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  2. “Brown corpses” 🍄- 😂😂😂 Pray tell is that a macadamia nut cookie😉
    Your risotto is well plated. Good job on the photos. You must take more food photos☺🍖🍗🍔🍟🍲🍜🍝🍛

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  3. Hey Samantha – great post and I’ve just been told that I’ve been nominated for the ‘bloggers bash’ Inspirational Blogger award which I’d never heard of and apparently it’s a ‘proper award’ which culminates in a ‘bloggers bash’ in London. Anyway.. to cut a long story short, I’ve checked out the blog and am delighted to see that you’re on the award nomination list too for the ‘hidden gem’ award.. and I’m delighted that I found out and have been able to vote for you! Congratulations for the nomination and good luck – you deserve to win and you’re definitely a winner in my eyes xxxx You may have been aware of it but as it wasn’t something I’d have known about if someone hadn’t told me, I thought I’d mention it to you just in case you were ‘in the dark’ like me! http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/05/18/2017-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-voting-open-bloggersbash-bloggersbash/

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    1. Hi Wendy! Congratulations! Yes, I saw you on the list and I thought “ooh sounds familiar..” then I realised it was you! No prizes for guessing who I voted for …but yes, the lovely Marje at Kyrosmagica.wordpress.com voted for me (bless her) and told me…I was vaguely aware of what the Bloggers Bash was but never considered that I would be nominated! Thank you for voting for me and your kind words too 🙂 xxx

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      1. I’d never heard of the Bloggers Bash but am highly delighted to be nominated alongside a couple of my favourite blogging buddies. If I’d known about it there are a couple more bloggers I would’ve nominated too.. maybe next year! xxx

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  4. I know others that feel the same way you do. The mushroom thing was my neighbour and food not touching is my nephew. So you are no different than others. I usually make casseroles and stews so know what is exactly in there. I don’t like it when peeps make chicky soup and use pieces of gristle in it. Soup or stew must have the best in meats or it is not worth eating. I too could easily become a vegetarian.

    jean

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  5. I’m not really a fussy eater, but I can understand being one! I also don’t like to mix my food (especially Korean bibimbap, which is supposed to be mixed) because otherwise the taste gets rather mixed up in my mouth. I bet you love those plates with little compartments. 😛

    By the way, have I told you I love looking at your cats? That picture of Charlie there makes me wanna roll her, though I doubt she’d appreciate it. 😆

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    1. Lol… I wouldn’t recommend it! Ting would let you (the Siamese) she’s very loving and playful! Also food…yes, I think those plates are fab! Just what you need for keeping everything separate otherwise you might just as well have a plate of…mush! 🙂 x

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  6. i am not a fan of eating food drowning in sauce.. at a buffet, i make sure that different food doesn’t mix with each other so i get some and make another trip at the buffet later.

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