Saturday, May 05, 2007

That predictable am I?

I was a picky eater growing up but for my adult life I like to think of myself an adventurous eater. But lately I feel like all I do is eat the same thing day in and day out. Take for instance this salad that I am having today for lunch.
Its not all that different from this one I had the other day, is it?
or what about this one,
or this one,
or this one,or this one,
or this one,
Get the point already? All the elements are there: dark greens, some sort of fruit, nuts of some kind, cheese of some kind, and some other interchangeable element such as beets, fennel, chicken, or eggs. Have I fallen hopelessly into a culinary rut? Is my edible life comprised exclusively of yogurt, soup, salad, ice cream/ yogurt, salad, cup cake/yogurt, salad, salad, ice cream/ ice cream, salad, soup, yogurt, and the occasional turkey sandwich?

This is the part of my entry where I am supposed to make some kind of empty promise to change my ways, to introduce new and daring items into my daily grind. The question is, do I want to make this promise? Almost all of us eat the same foods day-to-day. We do it because its comforting, its easy, its cheap, and most of all because its predictable. Who wants to come home from a long day at work to attempt a new and venturesome dish in the kitchen, only to fail and go to bed hungry? I have my phases in the kitchen where i am on a desperate search for something new and exciting, and they are always fruitful, eventually. They are also nerve wrecking, chaotic, and unpredictable.
I guess i just don't want to be adventurous every day. I love trying new things, but I'm also not ashamed to say that I like to know what to expect. So bring on the yogurt, salad, soup, and lets not forget the ice cream shall we.


Vivian said...

Those salads look pretty adventurous to me. After all the are quite different, so what if they all have lettuce.

lucette said...

I love the salads--maybe think of it more as a salad template than a salad rut.
We had one of our favorite unchangeable dinners tonight: baked potatoes, tuna, a green vegetable--a standby dinner that's pretty healthy, but also comfort food.