The thing is, I really like my food ruts.
Because a lot of the things I most love to eat, I cook all the time. There’s hardly two weeks that go by in which I haven’t made nearly half of my favorite things having to do with potatoes, tortillas, acorns, eggs, mushrooms, and wild greens. But I don’t want to make these wonderful things, slowly, become less fun to eat.
So, number one in my Getting out of a Food Rut series is to:
Cook for just ourselves, once in a while.
Maybe you live alone, and this doesn’t seem very helpful. But even if you do, are you really cooking for yourself? What I mean by that, is, are you really paying attention to your very own, particular, strangest food preferences and paying some homage to them, as you’re cooking for yourself?
It’s very interesting to me that there is an odd stigma attached to even having food preferences. It seems that a lot of us try not to have them, because we’ll be judged as “picky”, or even worse, having “bad taste” in food, if the things we most love are things we’re not supposed to love. Like bacon, or chocolate cake made with white sugar, or fluffy white french bread. I’ve heard a lot of people say, when asked what their favorite foods are, that “food is food, I like it all”.
I don’t believe them.
The food that I make just for myself tends to be more spicy, sour, and rich than the food I make for most of my other family members. I tend to use greens that are more acrid or bitter, and pour in more cream, more chile powder, more preserved lemon or Fir vinegar. I use more rosemary, and olive paste if I have it. Sometimes it’s a little sweeter, too. (This is only part of why people in my family call me The More Girl).
I think I’m mostly a social eater, as it would make me sad to eat alone all the time, and not to be able to share what I cook. But I also really love to cook all by myself, and eat all by myself, too. It gives me a special kind of freedom anytime I allow myself to make something I wouldn’t expect others in my family to eat, or even to remotely like. Sometimes they end up liking it regardless of my efforts to make it suit just me, and this is always a nice surprise!
So tell me, dear readers, what are your own food ruts?
And/Or, how is the food that you most love to eat, different from that which you usually cook?
Does this post make you want to cook anything in particular, just for yourself?