Cooking with Love...what if you're in a bad mood?
- Beach Chick May 22, 2011 08:29 AM
I've always heard that old adage 'cooking with love'..
If your in a bad mood, does that transfer over to the food..
Questions that keep me up at night wondering..
What do you all think?
Other than being in average or above surf, cooking is the one thing that generally preoccupies my mind enough to eviscerate a bad mood. I will admit, however, that the spice/heat level will usually be higher if I start out feeling down.
For me the translation is direct and noticeable, with one exception: there have been times on the line when I was just so pissed off that it was crazy, and it actually spurred the energy I needed to just push through Service. For the greatest part, though, I don't take my daytime mood into my nighttime job. Or vice-versa. This wasn't a house with room for any kind of interpretable recipes, though; so it may have been that the lack of love wasn't noticed in those confines. At least, nothing came back. So that part at least, was good.
I enjoy the act of cooking (and eating!). (I haven't (seriously) worked in a professional kitchen or anything else heavily food related; guessing my views would change if I did) So, if I'm in a bad mood, cooking (and again, EATING!) just puts me in a better mood.
Also, in case this comes up, using food as a tool for revenge (having argument with person A, so you make something person A dislikes) is wrong! So, so wrong!
Wow, that's passive-aggression as artform. If I was that ticked at somebody, I'm pretty sure a home-cooked meal wouldn't be high on my "to do" list.....yep, you're right, that would be so so wrong. It was never the customers I was angry at; it was whatever else was going on BOH - 'cause we were hidden from view, no open kitchen
I thought of that movie too EWSflash. I try to keep some healthy frozen dinners in my chest freezer for just such emergencies. At least twice I have had to explain to people why even a simple grilled cheese sandwich for me to cook for them is a bad idea if my nerves are shot or I'm upset.
Once I got roped into watching two special needs boys for a day and the mother sent a cheese sandwich with butter for me to fry up for one of them. Those kids were a handful, she later explained that that was all the one boy would eat. I was really distracted and so lucky I didn't burn the sandwich. /shudder.
Sometimes I do better when I have an hour or so to prepare some nice comfort food, and the act of cooking calms and centers me. I think when I start to smell the food cooking I feel better. But give me a fifteen minute time limit when I'm a wreck and it's a recipe for disaster.
Not sure if the bad feelings actually "enter" the food but once the dentist kept me waiting over three hours for a scary painful procedure. I finished knitting a beautiful scarf while I waited but I'm afraid to wear it or gift it. If any object was filled with bad feelings that scarf is. Thinking of burying it. :)