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#1 Old 05-25-2009, 04:50 PM
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I don't really know what the deal is, but I feel as if I am losing a desire for food. I guess it just seems monotonous because it's hard to get creatie and do super cool things for just myself. When I cook for clients, it's always casserole in a dish, or something that isn't very 'cheffy'.



Anyways, it seems as if my non-desire to eat has moved beyond breakfast. I don't know if its that I don't want to spend the time at the end of the day to make food. I don't know if its that I don't want _______ cause I had it last week. I don't really know what the deal is.



I've got some pinto beans in the fridge right now, ready to go, less than 5 minutes on the stove top, but for some reason I'm not eating them. I'm not wanting to get in my car to get something new from the grocery store. I'm not trying to hop in the car and go to a restaurant.



Its weird, I guess I feel like I've lost my passion for the food that I'm going to eat, but when I do some sort of plate service for work I really enjoy it and have lots of fun and think its great/beautiful food, but I don't wanna eat it. And it's definitely not a lack of appetite.



p.s. not really sure of my intentions behind posting this.
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do you think if you went somewhere like a new vegan restaurant in a different city and had someone else create some meals that were beautiful and different and entirely new in terms of flavours and ingredients and texture, colour etc combinaions, for you to taste, you'd enjoy it when you were there, even if you weren't motived to go in the first place?



maybe you're just in a rut and need to get out there and eat new different stuff that you didn't have to make for yourself, to get a bit of a boost. maybe your tastebuds have depression. maybe you do.



sometimes i just really cannot be arsed to go and make myself something and my mind feels entirely blank and unmotivated to think up things to have, and nothing i can think of seems remotely appealing or worth the effort to produce. and i end up eating crap and feeling even more blargh.



it can be an epic chore, cooking and eating- even if you love it, cos you have to do it all the flipping time, and there isn't the same reward in doing it for yourself as there is in doing it for others. maybe you need someone to do some of the leg work to help you spice it up a bit and inspire and motivate you again.
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your first paragraph sounds very enticing. So I think you are right, I'm just bored with whats here. I'm gourmet, and there's not gourmet here.



I'm getting ready to schedule a trip to new york for july, i'll have to add a whole day for checking out the exciting food there.



The more I think about it, I think my taste buds depression or whatever is getting worse and worse the closer we get to a week long road trip with far from vegetarian friends.



You are completely right in your sentiments.
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Being more "gourmet", perhaps there aren't many items that you haven't tried, but when I get in a rut I make a point at trying one new item and figure out a way to make a meal around it. Some places are better to do this than others. I could've kept myself busy for years when we lived in Hawaii with all of the strange fruits and things I've never even heard of, but here in NM it's a bit harder. Go to an Asian or other ethnic market and just buy something that looks interesting. Come home and search the web for something to do with it. At the very least, you won't be bored anymore.
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oooh- new york! that'll be great! i'm envious. is a day enough?



and the road trip... maybe look at it as a challenge. you'd be suprised what you can rustle up in the passenger seat of an SUV or with some kinda camping stove contraption and a cigarette plug powered mini fridge in a layby, especially with a bit of forward planning and ingenuity. there is a matlock hotel cooking thread around somewhere, and mr falafel is full of good ideas for that kinda thing, if you need a bit of a shove.



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oooh- new york! that'll be great! i'm envious. is a day enough?



and the road trip... maybe look at it as a challenge. you'd be suprised what you can rustle up in the passenger seat of an SUV or with some kinda camping stove contraption and a cigarette plug powered mini fridge in a layby, especially with a bit of forward planning and ingenuity. there is a matlock hotel cooking thread around somewhere, and mr falafel is full of good ideas for that kinda thing, if you need a bit of a shove.






It's macguyver not matlock!



No a day won't be enough, but I'll already be there for at least two, so I'll add a third specifically for food.



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Being more "gourmet", perhaps there aren't many items that you haven't tried, but when I get in a rut I make a point at trying one new item and figure out a way to make a meal around it. Some places are better to do this than others. I could've kept myself busy for years when we lived in Hawaii with all of the strange fruits and things I've never even heard of, but here in NM it's a bit harder. Go to an Asian or other ethnic market and just buy something that looks interesting. Come home and search the web for something to do with it. At the very least, you won't be bored anymore.



I'm not very good at this at all. I'm scared of asian markets. I think its more that Im doing it all for myself, and before I was vegan I would regularly go to the higher class restaurants around town. Once that was mentioned I think its that, cause most of the vegetarians here wouldn't know classy food if it hit them in the face. (ex. The ****tiest, blandest restaurant in town won best restaurant just cause its been there forever - I always try to eat there when friends want and get about two bites in and can't finish their bland cardboard.)



Maybe I'll take a vacation and see if I can't get a personal chef for a bit? Come to think of it I have a good friend who could probably use the money.
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It's macguyver not matlock!



matlock... macguyver... monty python... one of them.



also, dude, don't be scared of asian markets. they won't bite you or nowt. they are a bit traumatic in places, but you're serving as cmmunity comic releif - giving everyone a laugh by looking confusedly at some weird exotic thing which is like the culinary equivalent of being as mysterious and fascinating as a 'poh-tay-toe' to the regulars.



you might feel like a complete and utter carnival attraction/idiot for a few minutes, but i feel like that quite frequently, and i bet you'll survive the experience relatively unscathed- i usually do. you could always take a friend for moral support.



its totally worth it when you find some amazing tasting piece of fruit or some lush spice and a cool person takes pity on you and explains how to use it. people generally quite like to help- so you're doing them a favour by giving them the opportunity to share their knowledge.
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matlock... macguyver... monty python... one of them.



also, dude, don't be scared of asian markets. they won't bite you or nowt. they are a bit traumatic in places, but you're serving as cmmunity comic releif - giving everyone a laugh by looking confusedly at some weird exotic thing which is like the culinary equivalent of being as mysterious and fascinating as a 'poh-tay-toe' to the regulars.



you might feel like a complete and utter carnival attraction/idiot for a few minutes, but i feel like that quite frequently, and i bet you'll survive the experience relatively unscathed- i usually do. you could always take a friend for moral support.



its totally worth it when you find some amazing tasting piece of fruit or some lush spice and a cool person takes pity on you and explains how to use it. people generally quite like to help- so you're doing them a favour by giving them the opportunity to share their knowledge.



I'm not scared of the ingredients. I'm scared of the quality (maybe not right word) of the food. I really try to eat very little processed and organic mostly.
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(ex. The ****tiest, blandest restaurant in town won best restaurant just cause its been there forever - I always try to eat there when friends want and get about two bites in and can't finish their bland cardboard.)





Do you live near me?????? Sure sounds like it!! I know tons of people who think New Mexican food is just the greatest thing since sliced bread.....but YUCK! I grew up with more traditional Mexican food living close to the boarder in AZ and it's nothing like the junk here in NM. It always cracks me up when the waiter says....are you sure you want it "hot" to my kids.....and then when he comes back and asks how they liked the meal they ask him where the jalepenos were because they couldn't taste the spice at all! This has got to be the blandest nastiest tasting food I've ever had. I dream of Texas! I haven't found a restaurant in town yet that I like. ABQ has a few so-so places, but I can still cook just as good if not better.....and when I go out to eat, I want something that I'm left wondering how they do it, not saying that it would've been better if they'd have just done (insert various idea here).



But don't be afraid of ethnic markets. They have some really cool stuff and it can be a ton of fun to learn new ways of cooking. Check out some videos on youtube or expertvillage. They have a bunch of ethnic cooking videos. And don't worry about the quality. The packaged items should be fine, and the fresh....well you can tell whether or not it's clean and such. I've been to some where I wouldn't touch the fish and meat (when I was omni) but that won't be an issue for you.



I miss the variety of fruit in Hawaii. You haven't had pineapple until you've have the ones from Hawaii....and they were always under a buck! And lychees......yummmmmm....they look like hairy strawberries, but they're a weird clear white inside.



I would love to get to go to NY for a foodie trip! I'm sure you'll have a blast!!!
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Do you live near me?????? Sure sounds like it!! I know tons of people who think New Mexican food is just the greatest thing since sliced bread.....but YUCK! I grew up with more traditional Mexican food living close to the boarder in AZ and it's nothing like the junk here in NM. It always cracks me up when the waiter says....are you sure you want it "hot" to my kids.....and then when he comes back and asks how they liked the meal they ask him where the jalepenos were because they couldn't taste the spice at all! This has got to be the blandest nastiest tasting food I've ever had. I dream of Texas! I haven't found a restaurant in town yet that I like. ABQ has a few so-so places, but I can still cook just as good if not better.....and when I go out to eat, I want something that I'm left wondering how they do it, not saying that it would've been better if they'd have just done (insert various idea here).



But don't be afraid of ethnic markets. They have some really cool stuff and it can be a ton of fun to learn new ways of cooking. Check out some videos on youtube or expertvillage. They have a bunch of ethnic cooking videos. And don't worry about the quality. The packaged items should be fine, and the fresh....well you can tell whether or not it's clean and such. I've been to some where I wouldn't touch the fish and meat (when I was omni) but that won't be an issue for you.



I miss the variety of fruit in Hawaii. You haven't had pineapple until you've have the ones from Hawaii....and they were always under a buck! And lychees......yummmmmm....they look like hairy strawberries, but they're a weird clear white inside.



I would love to get to go to NY for a foodie trip! I'm sure you'll have a blast!!!



You should open up a restaurant if there's nothing good around you.
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When I get bored of the same old thing I'll go ethnic. I'll research a specific country's cusine and learn as much as I can about some of the more exotic foods. I'll then research some recipes that I can try out, usually something very different from what I've had before, and go about making it.



I've also had great fun with getting an organic box delivery once a week. I'd get a 'mystery box' of vegetables from a nearby organic box and then I'd figure out what to do with them, especially with stuff I wouldn't normally buy like jerusalem artichokes and kale. I've had some good success with those.



And you don't always have to have immediate access to ingredients to make things. I order a lot of my exotics online and they deliver to my rural home.
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You should open up a restaurant if there's nothing good around you.



I can't tell you the number of times my husband and I have talked about it. I homeschool my kids and I also write for a magazine, so I don't have the time to. And honestly, I'm not sure that I would enjoy running a restaurant.



I know you're from NM and I'm sure you love the food here like most people seem to. I'm not trying to offend you, this is just my opinon of the food here. Perhaps it's because we had the luxury of travel while in the military (and being a military brat myself as well), but I find the food here lacking the spice and flavor I'm accustomed to in Mexican food(and I'm speaking of the local cuisine, not chain restaurants....some are ok, but no more special than they are anywhere else in the country). Everything is covered in red or green chili. It seems to be the only way they know how to flavor anything (and neither are very spicy). Maybe the food is fantastic at the most expensive places in town, but for the average diner, it's just nothing special in my opinion.
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And you don't always have to have immediate access to ingredients to make things. I order a lot of my exotics online and they deliver to my rural home.



Can I ask where you buy them online? I might be interested in something like that! There's decent produce available to us about an hour away, but up in our little town we only have a small grocery. The produce they have is fine, but basic.
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Can I ask where you buy them online? I might be interested in something like that! There's decent produce available to us about an hour away, but up in our little town we only have a small grocery. The produce they have is fine, but basic.



I don't know much about the US online food markets but I get a lot of my exotics from specialist UK importers online. For example, finding good Mexican food in the UK is just about impossible so I have to order ingredients like dried Mexican chilies and other items from places like http://www.mexgrocer.co.uk/



A quick google turns up this http://www.aarkfood.com/ for Indian foods, for example. You can research some very authentic Indian recipes, buy the necessary spices from that online shop and create top notch Indian cuisine in your kitchen.
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I don't know much about the US online food markets but I get a lot of my exotics from specialist UK importers online. For example, finding good Mexican food in the UK is just about impossible so I have to order ingredients like dried Mexican chilies and other items from places like http://www.mexgrocer.co.uk/



A quick google turns up this http://www.aarkfood.com/ for Indian foods, for example. You can research some very authentic Indian recipes, buy the necessary spices from that online shop and create top notch Indian cuisine in your kitchen.



Bummer. I'll have to do some research and see if I can find some over here. We had considered joining some co-op farms around here, but can't work their pick up times around our schedule. Online would work out much better for us. Thanks for the idea though!!
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