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Sep 15, 2013 02:33 PM

Flat out sick of cooking....

We are getting our house ready to put on the market, and paying a price for all those years of neglect :0( It will be lovely when we are done painting and sprucing it up, but it's a boatload of work. On top of that, it's crazy at work and I am also trying to cook up the food I have stockpiled here in my house---frozen meats, frozen fruits, dried beans, canned tomatoes, many different kinds of rice, etc.---as well as what the garden is producing. And I have enough stockpiled food in this house to feed my entire block for a long while!

When I've cooked up most of this stuff (which I am cooking now so I don't have to pay movers to move it), I intend to eat every dinner out for a month. Has anyone done that? Taken a long break from cooking? After a certain number of meals out, did you regain your cooking mojo?


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  1. We had a kitchen renovation and had to eat out/order in for about 3 weeks. I hated it. At first it was nice, but after about a week I hated not having total control over what we were eating as far as ingredients. I couldn't wait to cook again. Funny thing was, once I had my new kitchen I had to get used to the new stovetop, plus I was a bit out of practice, so it took about a week to get back into it, but once I got going it came on strong.

    1. Yes, I go through bouts of both cooking and eating out. I tend to lose a lot of motivation for cooking when I'm dealing with something difficult in my life. After awhile of this, I do get tired of eating out and will always find myself in the kitchen again before not too long. I don't think you have anything to worry about. :)

      1. Yes, sometimes life's unpredictable and predictable events are so mentally and physically overwhelming that they rob us of energy to do the very things that bring us joy. For me cooking is one of those things that I love to do and for me, it takes my unwavering attention and focus.

        1. During the heat spell this past summer, while I was juggling crazy work hours, I had salad (bagged greens plus some kind of meat/cheese/eggs/fish) on top 5 days a week.

          It's fine to do what you have to do to get through stressful times. As long as you and family are fed and it doesn't break the bank, go with it. Your mojo will come back when you're settled in the new home (and kitchen!)

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          1. re: pinehurst

            We have a six month heat spell in Houston. Looking forward to firing up the stove top in a month or so, and the oven in November.

          2. Moving, selling, etc just sucks the energy right out of you doesn't it?

            Occasionally I just am burned out. I just don't want to stand any more (I stand all day at work) and I'm not excited about what is usually a joy or at least not a chore. After a couple of days of restaurant food, I'm ready to get back in the game. Or at least reheat leftovers I've frozen

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            1. re: autumm

              You are so right! I am moving again for the second time in 15 months. The sale of this house has been a real pain in the ass. I am stressed, burned out and exhausted.

              I have also been trying to eat down my stockpile of frozen and pantry items. I feel so mentally exhausted that I have been putting together very basic meals.

              I have been putting off eating out because I may be in temporary housing for a couple of months yet again. When we did that last year, we ate out a lot more and I am sure it will happen again.

              I am anxious to get to Reno my new destination and into a house that we are building. The kitchen will be amazing so I am trying to focus on that and the fact that I can have a garden again.