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Food -- perception vs. reality

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

If anyone hasn't already noticed, I have an imagination that would do Hollywood proud. When I'm watching a movie I can not only see and hear, but (I swear) feel, smell and taste everything in the movie. If a character is caught in a cold rain, I'll feel a shiver. If someone is eating something, I can almost taste it myself. (Before anyone else says it, yes, I'm a bit weird.) What does this have to do with food? A lot. I frequently find myself struggling with perceptions about food vs. the reality.

An example would be Italian salami, which I love in spite of knowing how bad it is. I find myself imagining how it might have been made by artisans centuries ago (assuming it isn't a totally modern product, which I don't know). I actually think it might have been better since they never heard of calcium propionate or sodium nitrate. Mind you , I know perfectly well that even if there was a shred of fact behind this lovely fantasy, food handling practices in those eras probably had a lot to do with the short life-spans back then!

This is just one example. I could (but won't) go on at some length about enchiladas, Chinese dumplings, apple cobbler and a multitude of others. All I have to do is THINK about the food and I can "taste" it and imagine how it's made.

What I need to master is turning this rampaging imagination to a more productive way of relating to food that doesn't take the romance and beauty out of food. Still working on it.
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    You have such an active imagination! It truly is a gift that is to be shared. That is probably why you still dream and plan on becoming a chef someday.

    1902 days ago
    To know is to do.
    1902 days ago
    I think your imagination is a lovely thing. I don't think it's weird at all!
    1903 days ago
    If a character in a book is eating, or even drinking coffee or tea, I get hungry. I can just eat my way through some books if i'm not strong.

    I made risotto for dinner tonight, and put roasted sweet potato in it. It was yummy! Not that should start you thinking about risotto!
    1903 days ago
  • BLUE_48
    love your imagination!
    1903 days ago
    Don't apologize...remember that when we eat taste is the last sense involved--we dine with our eyes and our nose before we ever even taste something.

    P.S. Wasn't it great that Bobby's team finally one Worst Cooks in America?
    1903 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2013 11:49:30 AM
    I consider your imagination a gift.
    1903 days ago
    Sounds wonderful to have such an appreciation of food, it'll help you savour what ever you cook.
    Don't knock it.
    I agree with MISSG180

    1903 days ago
    I agree a wonderful gift to have. Be proud of it. Now you can use that sense you have to healthier meals.
    1903 days ago
    Funny thing. I have had those same movies in my head. The make cheese the same way as in the days of yore. Entirely. I eat it and get the trots. But it was delicious, to be sure.
    1903 days ago
    1904 days ago
    Ahhhh...what a gorgeous picture! It sounds like you've got the mixed blessing of considerable culinary talent + appreciation for great food. The positive side of all that is that you've got a deep love of truly great food. The down side is, if you're anything like me, you think about it "early 'n' often," as the saying goes. If you can funnel this into discovering and preparing healthy, low-fat, low-ish carb meals, you're home! In a world where all kinds of great foods abound, though, it's also a tall order...

    I can relate, if it's any consolation! Meanwhile...mmmm, great salami!! emoticon
    1904 days ago
    I echo what MISSG says. It is a gift! I often take the time to look @ my food and eat with my eyes and senses before actually physically eating it!

    Not weird @ all. HUGs
    1904 days ago
    just focus that imagination in the direction of healthy foods and let it guide you
    1904 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I don't think your way of thinking about food is necessarily wrong. Food is about much more than consumption. It fulfills all the senses, and I can enjoy food without actually having to devour all of it. I can watch food shows and enjoy the experience of seeing someone else talk about and describe food without feeling deprived or needing to go to the fridge and stuff myself. I get inspired to make really good food from watching those shows, not to just mindlessly consume.

    So don't think of your gift as a bad thing, just think about rechanneling it so that you can find the satisfaction in the sight, sound, scent and touch sensations, as well as taste, and appreciate that you can experience all of that without taking in the calories! It's a gift!
    1904 days ago
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