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post #1 of 7
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i'm taking the long way home here just so you know, so bear with me...

 

I'm sick...i never get sick...i've got a cold...i never get colds. sticking my nose in a jar of vicks vapor rub comes up hopelessly blank. throat lozenges might as well be marbles. probably some sort of payback for being in mexico so long(catholic guilt).  anyway, it all got me to thinking about the importance of the connection of taste and smell to cooking, eating and enjoying food.  what i have discovered is that with the lack of smell and taste goes any interest...why bother? it's a lot of work but usually with the reward of eating something wonderful at the end. now, without taste and smell it's just a lot of work. doing it just to please someone else doesn't always work for me... it's like being culinarily blind.  you remember what the taste, texture and smell should be at different cooking stages...you are relying on memory...flying blind so to speak.....  i think of grant achatz and his struggle with tongue cancer.  must have been incredibly tough and frustrating for him. i have a great deal of respect for this young talented chef for not giving up. we rely on our senses...all of them to cook...taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing.......the point here? i wouldn't do this for a living if i lost any of them......would you? could you?   or why would you?

lastly, for me another lesson learned...learn and live

joey

oh, there is hope...i could actually smell the coffee this morning, albeit i had my nose in the cup like it was a feedbag!...nonetheless it's  still hope...

 


Edited by durangojo - 3/18/12 at 11:21pm

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food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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post #2 of 7

Sorry to hear your sick Joey , I hope your recover very soon. ." Flying blind "  is hard especially when it comes to seasoning right. I can't taste anything when I'm sick,  relying on my memory, even then.

 

Rest and liquids and a good book.....I sure hope tomorrow will be a better day for you.

 

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post #3 of 7

Oh, my sista' Joey, you must be miserable, I just HATE being sick

... and it sounds like you're back at the Ranch having to cook with no

function of nose or tongue, I hope have a good sous chef  helpin' ya' out.

My husband gets mad at me because I DON"T taste as I go, I just use my nose. 

I know what something should smell like and I don't care for overly salted foods, I just put hawaiian Sea Salt on the table and you can always help yourself if you need it.  I just feel that salt is a personal preference, so I'm very lean on it when I cook. 

But what do I know, I'm just a home maker. 

Feel better Sis...

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thanks ladies for the tea and sympathy,as i so appreciate it, but my point was to ask what would you do if you lost your senses...would you, could you still, would you want to still cook, either professionally or at home?....for me, no...

kgirl, you are correct, i am not only back at the ranch, but back at the ranch in full swing...sous chef? i've read about them...maybe i can git me one of them someday! out here in pearce, arizona i would have more luck in finding  a boy named sue....maybe he could be my 'sue chef'....sorry, it must the fever!

joey


Edited by durangojo - 3/19/12 at 7:58am

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post #5 of 7

I'm not sure if I would. With me, when I have a cold (luckily not often) I loose my appetite as well. On the other hand, I know I have to eat and I rather eat healthy fresh food than pre-prepared.

I think a lot of they joy of cooking would go if I can't smell what I cook. So the answer would be: I would cook occassionally for people who really appreciate it, but that would be it!

 

Hope you get better soon!

Little home remedy: If I have a head cold, I try eat a chili dish (not he bean dish, but something with lots of chili peppers), as hot as I can handle and it clears up all my sinuses in one go

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post #6 of 7

Sorry Sis, to answer your question point blank, NO! 

When I don't feel well and have a head cold (or what have you),

the mister is on his own quite frankly,

and I have to tell ya' he's none too happy about that ...

I don't keep too many "convenience" type a viddles around this house  

... and I'm with butzy, when I don't feel well I tend to not eat anything, just drink lots of water...

post #7 of 7

Darn it, Joey.  hope you are all better by now.   What works for me (but you have to catch it early, you are probably past that now) is 1 Oregano oil,

or 2. zinc tabs.  I've also used Fenugreek & Thyme after the virus is gone and there is 2ndary infection in my brochial tubes and possibly lungs.

 

Take care!  Hope you feel better soon.  We're having a very early spring here, so I bet your biz picks up sooner than normal.

D

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