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Late night torture

Kontxesi Feb 19, 2013 05:49 AM

I'm starting to think that food is way too on my mind. Hopefully someone else does this and I'm not totally whack.

Do any of you have sudden food epiphanies late at night when there isn't much you can do about it? I often get ideas when I'm in bed and it's obviously not the time to be making dinner. Last night, I had a soup idea that absolutely tortured me and kept me awake. I just wanted to jump out of bed and fix it right then.

Hopefully I'm not alone in this. :/

  1. splatgirl Feb 20, 2013 01:37 PM

    Yes. My torture is being crazy hungry at bedtime, often to the point that I have a hard time sleeping which leads me to I obsess about what I will cook the next day.

    Unfortunately I do not have the kind of metabolism that would tolerate late night snacking without packing on the pounds, so I suffer. The weird thing is I'm fine when I wake up no matter how hungry I was the night before.

    1. WhatsEatingYou Feb 20, 2013 06:55 AM

      I have similar food epiphanies, but instead of at night its when I'm at work. I will glance at a food blog and see something I want to try to make, which leads to a Google search so that I can find different variations and sort of craft my own recipe for whatever the dish is. Then I start planning which day, when, what I need to buy, what it will be served with and get all excited...only to get out of work late, arrive home starving, and eat the first thing I can get my hands on. I usually have emailed myself the recipe and will sometimes get around to it later.

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      1. re: WhatsEatingYou
        Kontxesi Feb 20, 2013 07:36 AM

        That happens to me, too. And it's even worse, as part of my job involves browsing recipes! But I'm almost always too tired/frustrated by the end of my commute to make any of the interesting things I found that day. They always just end up in The Binder.

      2. Terrie H. Feb 19, 2013 03:28 PM

        I do find that my brain takes over and races about things that are at the forefront of my mind late at night, when I don't have lots of other things occupying my attention. That said, cooking rarely makes an appearance, unless I'm having a party, but I have a lot of other things that win the race.

        Perhaps you could keep the pad of paper next to your bed where you can write down your idea (or whatever you use to take notes, because I just heard 75% of you laugh at a pad of paper!), and then you'll know the idea will be there the next day and you'll be able to set it aside and sleep.

        1. KaimukiMan Feb 19, 2013 12:43 PM

          not so much the idea and urge to cook it right now, but very likely wondering about what to have for dinner the next night or in a few days when I'm having people over or a potluck coming up. i don't feel the need to dash off to the grocery store right then and there (usually) but i find myself making a mental grocery list and revising it. on occasion i go as far as getting up and writing it down or making myself a note on the computer, as 'just visiting' suggested.

          1. j
            Just Visiting Feb 19, 2013 11:17 AM

            As others said, it sounds like you are thinking about cooking, not eating. I have the same problem, but it is about home decorating projects. I send myself an e-mail so I'll remember in the a.m. A few of them have even turned out to be good ideas!

            If it is eating (or maybe even if it is cooking) one thing that might be causing it is TV commercials or cooking shows. Now, if I see an ad for Sonic burgers at 11 p.m., it just turns my stomach. But if I see an ad for something that looks wonderful, or a good cooking show, all of a sudden I can't stop thinking about that particular food and where I might get it (without getting out of bed, of course!).

            1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 19, 2013 11:04 AM

              Do you mean an epiphany to create a dish or an urge to eat something? I have the latter, but not the former. It sounds like you are talking about the former. I guess I never have the feeling that I have to cook or bake at a particular moment.

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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                Kontxesi Feb 19, 2013 11:15 AM

                More the urge to make something than to consume it. I figure late night munchies are pretty common, and maybe a little easier to deal with unless you're craving something specific. PBJs are usually my go-to midnight snack.

                1. re: Kontxesi
                  Chemicalkinetics Feb 19, 2013 11:25 AM

                  Thanks. To your specific question, my answer would probably be a no. I don't think I ever had the urge so strong that I cannot wait until the next day to execute it. There are probably a few exception where I was testing a new recipe, and I was going back and forth to refine my baking ingredients. In which case, I really want to do some back to back comparison and was willing to stay up late to make multiple batches of different ratios. However, those are on-going processes, not sudden food epiphanies.

              2. ursy_ten Feb 19, 2013 05:57 AM

                Yes, absolutely. I regularly want to bake or cook something ridiculous, usually out of the blue, often sometime between 11:00pm and midnight. Add to that, most likely on a worknight.

                Never anything simple that would take 5 minutes either. Always something that is a bit more involved.

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