Summer, Summer, Wherefore Art Thou Summer?
I know I have a habit of falling asleep at odd times, mainly through either medications taken or excessive pain levels, but did I miss something? I thought this was June? You know, that very nice month that blazes into Summer. Instead, the skies have been grey for ages, the maximum temperature each day is a bad joke, and there’s strong winds and/or rain many days. I’m pretty sure that’s not what the script for the seasons of the year says. or have we got a new script writer? Perhaps it’s in the hands of the writers of a certain BBC soap opera notorious for depressing its actors even faster than it does its viewers! I demand a return to the correct seasonal weather, with immediate effect. If this doesn’t happen (Government espionage systems take note) we’ll have to place the blame on the Government and have a revolution!
Seeking Inspiration: Recipes?
There comes a time in everybody’s life when endless repetitions of the same basic meals becomes just a little tedious. Now, I’m talking as somebody who eats because it’s kind of necessary to continued living. There are very few foods that make me enthusiastic about eating. Most of those are desserts, especially certain fruit based ones. At the moment, I’ve even reached a point where I’m struggling to be interested in sandwiches, let alone full meals! I just can’t think of anything appetising, and that leads to more waste. I mean, i have a small appetite at best, so there’s usually something left. When I’m as I am right now, the leftovers quantity can more than double. Considering that I’m still trying to regain weight lost, this is not a happy situation.
Now, let me detail the stumbling blocks to creating meals for me. I am an extremely ‘picky’ eater. I’m a vegetarian – who doesn’t like the majority of vegetables! Quorn™ is pure poison to me, especially if eaten in any significant quantity. Tofu is an unbearably obnoxious chewy, glutinous lump that takes on flavouring less fast than a lump of rock! I can take good quality TVP (textured vegetable protein), as long as it hasn’t been turned into something like chilli or other highly spiced food. Garlic and olive oil will lay me out for at least a week, in agony! I can tolerate only the minute traces of garlic found in things like brown table sauce. I can take eggs, cheese, dairy in general. Note that when I say that I’m a vegetarian that means I don’t eat red meat, white meat, poultry, game, fish, seafood, or the extracts and by-products of these. Oh yes, and I can eat small amounts of nuts but things like ‘nutloaf’ are inviting disaster. I have an acute sense of taste, so things need to genuinely taste good. So-called ‘acquired tastes’ are out! They’re just unpleasantly flavoured things that you can get used to sufficiently to tolerate the flavour.
What do I eat? Cheese & onion dishes, like quiche, ‘rolls’, ‘pasties’ and similar. Egg dishes – fried egg, cheese omelette (never plan!) and cheesy scrambled egg (again, never plain!) – very rarely poached or boiled egg. Lots of different potato dishes, including adding potato to the recipes for things like cheese & onion ‘roll’ and ‘pasties’, cheese & potato pie (preferably baked), and such. Chips (’fries’ over there in the USA) and sauté potatoes. Mashed, boiled or (infrequently) baked potato. Fried smashed-up boiled/mashed potato- sometimes with additions. Baked beans (especially refried so they go really sticky) and peas (garden or marrowfat but not ‘mushy’). Fried chopped tinned tomatoes (especially with brown table sauce added – fairly liberally). On odd occasions, tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce (hoops but straight might do). Golden vegetable rice, but not other forms of rice (milk rice pudding as an extreme rarity, for dessert). Macaroni cheese (or macaroni pudding for dessert, made with evaporated milk).
The vast majority of vegetarian ‘ready meals’ and pre-made products are, to me, vile. I never touch them unless forced to do so. For example, I’d rather have homemade Veggie sausages made using the proprietary sausage mixes than the pre-made sausages that become iron on the outside, have inedible ends and are often either too spicy or just taste foul. In fact, I like fairly ‘plain’ food, English food! I don’t take well to exotic dishes, including things like curry or stir-fry.
Over the years, I’ve created a few recipes for myself, but some of those were based on a time when I had a larger appetite and our kids were still at home and happy to have the same things, from time to time. While Jenny may enjoy some Veggie dishes, that’s not often enough to make the larger quantity recipes worthwhile. Unfortunately, by the nature of how some of the constituents involved, making scaled down versions is virtually impossible. So I’ve been trying to concoct some new recipes. The problem is: I’m rapidly running out of ideas for things I can feel confident about liking…
Challenging, or what?