I am a man of simple tastes. I know what I like to eat and what I don’t. In simple terms I won’t generally eat food that are:
- Grown in the ground (vegetables)
- Based upon mouldiness (mushrooms and cheese)
If I was biologically able I would be a full-blown carnivore. Apparently though the human species is meant to be omnivorous, and can even survive being a herbivore. I think of it this way, if we were not meant to eat bacon (or steak, lamb chops, roast chicken, etc) then why does it taste so good? Nature has developed a way of preventing us from eating food that is bad for us. It makes it taste nasty; like poisonous berries or sprouts.
A lot of meat is prepared in conditions that are awful, but I try to spend that bit more to make sure it comes from a more ethical source. It also tastes better. I prefer my cooked flesh (this phrase sound so appetising!) to be the taste in a meal, rather than having to add spices or sauces that are needed to make factory-reared cuts palatable.
There are some dishes that do have an emotional impact on my stomach:
- I love garlic. Garlic cooked in butter is one of my favourite smells. Even typing that is making my mouth water.
- Garlic bread = Genius
- Tinned tomatoes and Oxo with a fry-up. Don’t look like that. This is a recipe (can it be classed as one) passed down from generation to generation in my family. Yes, we are working-class. The fry-up does need to be cooked in lard.
- Gammon with pineapple or egg? Why choose? Have both.
- Chicken fajita. If it doesn’t include enough chillies to make you cry it isn’t hot enough. I tend to use chilli powder, chilli flakes, Tabasco, jalapeños, chopped chillies and cayenne pepper. I once made one so hot a friend of mine cried…but still ate it.
- Custard (the proper English kind). Egg, Sugar, Milk and a bit of vanilla. Apparently the French don’t believe in custard, or refuse to.
- Chips with (and this may shock you) mayonnaise. I know, I’m British not Belgian, but when I first tried this it was an epiphany and no longer like my deep-fried potato sticks with tomato sauce.
GeekErgoSum scale of food pick me ups
1.0 A bit down – Chinese curry
2.0 Feeling low – McDonalds
3.0 In need of some comfort – Kebab eat and chips
4.0 Irritated – Burger King
5.0 Serious funk – Pizza
6.0 The world is about to collapse – KFC
This was mostly designed when I used to work in Coventry city centre and the distance to the take away corresponds to the level used, in essence the further away I would go to get food the grumpier I was.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Daily Ritual.”
Think about your day. Select one of your daily rituals and explain it to us: why do you do what you do? How did you come to adopt this ritual? What happens on days when you can’t perform it?
Thanks for sending this prompt suggestion, kimscaravelli!