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Do you cook when you're down?

When I've had a bad day (or week, or month...), cooking is one of the first things that goes out the window. I enjoy it well enough when I'm fair-to-good, but if I'm stressed out or just wallowing in depression, it feels like such a chore.

Do you resort to take out or convenience foods when you're down, or is cooking something you enjoy so much that it's an escape from what ails you? If the latter, has it always been that way or is it a learned thing?

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  1. While cycling is my best escape from my own head cooking is a good second and this winter has not been cooperative on cycling

    why - it is all consuming - cannot dwell on too many bad things if you are working on an emulsion or trying to get your custard set or chopping away at your mirepoix

    also it is a creative act with instant gratification

    if I tackle some complicated dish I get lost in it and loose my worries

    1. I don't cook, but I sure eat! Last week I was tired, had a sinus headache, worried about various things, and I ate a bag of cheesy puffs and half a roll of cookie dough for dinner. And the other half for breakfast.

      1. When I'm truly depressed, I have zero appetite -- which pretty much translates into the kitchen staying cold.

        Takeout is the magical word for those times.

        1. I do!! I prepare certain comfort foods that soothe my aching soul.
          I also play lots of Freecell. It's my Zen meditation thingy.

          1. If I am depress, then I just do very simple cooking. Simple cooking is still fine, and it does not make me feel too bad, but I won't be in the mood to cook anything remotely complicated.

            I don't do take out when I am depressed.

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              This is how I operate too. My cooking becomes very simple.