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Culinary Rut......

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I dontk nwo what kidna answer im looking for or what the question really is but I figured I would throw it out there and see what I got.

So im in what im calling a Culinary Rut.

Nothing is sparking my interest. Im basiclly bored with food.

Normally Ill be excited to go out and cook something for someone or jsut try soemthing new but im falling flat.

There is nothing I want to try, my mind isnt for lack of a better word, inspired.

Dont get me wrong the passion for cooking and food is there. I dont know what start this thing. Maybe it has been sicne i start working in the biz or maybe its my body telling me to cut back and lose some weight.

I used to try to go out and experience something when I would go out to eat but Im not getting that. Im goign to try to find new places but budget is kidna tight lately.

Maybe its becuase I know how from experience how all the stuff at the places I eat is made.

On a side note.

If I went into a decent place and told the waiter, "Tell the guys in the kitchen, I want what they do best."

Do you think that is wrong of me to ask. Im not picky at all and im not a complainer. The wife things I might be out of line.
post #2 of 6
Hi there :) It certainly sounds like you're in a bit of a rut. Some things that may help inspire you are fresh ingredients.

I would suggest planting a garden. You can also visit a new grocery store (and seek out ethnic grocery stores too). Don't forget to check the local farmers markets as well.

My last suggestion is to keep things simple. Sometimes we can try to over complicate a dish. Take a few steps back and try to let the food take center stage instead of your cooking.

good luck!


by the way...did you notice the spell check feature built into this forum? I'm not sure if you're using some kind of trendy shorthand or if you're really that bad at spelling. I'm not that good at spelling myself...but come'on!
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
hahaha thanks, my brain moves faster then my fingers sometimes. i never noticed it had spell check.

I do have a garden and I got some things growing my broccoli are doing really well.

I go to the farmers market and check out different ingredients. I try to always keep it simple in my cooking. I never over complicate a dish.
post #4 of 6
Sumofagun! Been here going on a year and a half, with nearing 1,200 posts, and had no idea there was a spell checker associated with this site.

Live and learn, I reckon.

There's also, I notice, a function for switching editor mode. But I have no idea what that means.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
post #5 of 6
Well you have to listen to what your body is telling you. So don't cook for a while. Keep some things on hand that you can do very quickly and effortlessly, and then rest of the time get your mind off food and cooking. Don't watch any cooking shows, don't look up recipes, don't come to ChefTalk, just get away from it all.

I often feel the same way. There are periods of time where I'm not hungry for days on end. I know I have to eat, but NOTHING appeals to me! And I will have no desire to even look at the kitchen. It's just a little phase like rebooting your computer.

And there is nothing wrong with asking the kitchen of a restaurant to make what they make best for you. Wouldn't you like to get that request?

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."


"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice.....

I finally have time to cook at home which is going to be nice and I really want to cook. I jsut dont know what. I think itsl iek a kid at christmas that gets so many toys he doesnt know what to do with himself....

Don't watch any cooking shows: The wife doesnt liek ti when I watch them unless she is into it like dinner impossible or the competition shows. I enjoy good eats but she hates the show. plus im realyl busy with call of duty4 on the PS3

don't look up recipes: I havent done that in a while, nto a bad idea.

don't come to ChefTalk, Then what else am i going to do at work?

just get away from it all: I wish I could get away from this horrid job of mine.
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