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A few of my (un)favorite things...

While I am sure this wasn’t the intent, thinking of the things I don’t care about as much as I should for this writing prompt has made me a little bit sad. When I first saw the topic I was stumped for an idea which was bad, but also good. I couldn’t think of anything that I didn’t care about, at least a little. I liked that. That lasted for about an hour. Then I had an idea, and another, and another. Turns out I don’t care about a lot of things I feel like I should. I’m not sure if the issue is my apathy, or unrealistic expectations about how much I can care about at one time. But with multiple options now stretching before me, I realized I need to make a decision so I can stop thinking of new things I don’t care about before I never leave my house again. I went back to the list I’ve been keeping, closed my eyes, and pointed at a topic.


I really don’t care as much as I should about food.


Don’t get me wrong, I do recognize when I am eating really well prepared food and I savor it. And I eat enough food every day. According to the current fit of my jeans, probably a little too much food for the past several months. But I don’t fit into this new ‘foodie’ culture. 


If you asked me to name a favorite food I would hem and haw and change the subject. I’m one of those people who says ‘I don’t care, wherever’ when asked for a restaurant opinion because I really don’t have a preference (the favorite restaurant question is also a stumper for me). Most often when I’m hungry I’m not hungry for anything in particular. Food that makes my stomach feel full will do. 


I can’t taste the difference between organic and not. I have no idea if my food is local or was shipped from another continent.  I cannot pair my meal with the right wine.  I can cook, but I have a repertoire of about six things that I simply make over and over and over again.  They’re easy and satisfying so I don’t see much need to branch out. 


This works to my advantage in some ways.  I make a menu plan every week to grocery shop from, and never have to make an extra trip. I know the five aisles that I visit of my grocery store really well. On a Thursday I can look and see what I had planned to have for lunch as of last Saturday when I made the list, and not have to worry about making a decision.


Of course there are also drawbacks to this. There are a lot of foods I’ve never tried. I miss out on the adrenaline of cooking a new recipe and finding out how it tastes. I eat more fast food than I should, because it’s there.  


I should care about food more, not just as fuel but as an experience. I would eat more healthfully, and discover new things. Maybe I’ll use this as a jumping off point to care about the fact that I don’t care and change things. I will think about that. 


Now I need to go and make Kraft mac and cheese for lunch.



**This is my entry for Week Two of LJ Idol on the topic “I Don’t Care About Apathy: What I "Should" Care About – But Don’t“. I will post a link to the poll when it goes live. Thanks for reading!**

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Wow. I am torn between feeling bad about your lack of food love... to telling you NOO! DON'T GET INVOLVED.. THIS WAY LIES MADNESS!

Great Post!

Heh - I don't think I'll ever get totally caught up in food. But I had my first ever pear about a month ago, so I think continuing that exploration would be good.

Thanks for reading!

Maybe I’ll use this as a jumping off point to care about the fact that I don’t care and change things.

This is a great thought.

Aw thank you. It's hard to remain apathatic once you're examining what you're apathetic about.

Dude, I'm exactly the same way. I sort of think those of us who don't care all that much are more likely to have a wee bit tighter jeans (but my pt seems to be going well enough that I've run 3 times in the last 2 weeks. I see a future of running! Again!)

Though, I can tell the difference btw salad out of my mom's garden and salad in most restaurants (esp. East Coast ones). There is a definitely difference is freshness/quality. Local NYC produce isn't going to match it either.

What are your 5 recipes? I need to develop a 5 recipe system since things are tanking here in NYC and I shouldn't spend $10 on lunch everyday.

Yay for your running - that is great news!

I can taste the difference in some things - I just don't usually care enough to search out the better tasting stuff, or at least to put extra time into finding or preparing it.

Some of the most common recipies lately:
- turkey burgers (buying pre-made patties on toasted english muffins cooked on my George Forman Grill)
- macaroni and cheese with chicken (either pre-cooked chicken or if I'm feeling ambitious I buy chicken tenders and pan fry myself)
- black bean buritos: I buy pre chopped peppers and pico de gallo from the store and saute, add a can of black beans, serve on tortillas with shredded cheese, salsa, and avocado

I eat a lot of canned green beans or steam in the bag frozen vegetables as side dishes.

I think I'm somewhere between you and the foodies. I love trying new things but I adore the comfort of the old as well. :)

I'm willing to try anything, but someone has to serve me new foods, I don't ever buy them on my own.

Thanks for reading.

I'm right with you on this. Most of the meals I cook are just "meat with X in frying pan." As long as they satisfy my daily caloric intake needs, I'm happy....

Exactly. Ideally I spend less time preparing my food than I spend eating it.

I went through pretty much the same process with this topic.

Reading through the entries there are quite a few of us who aren't particularly apathetic about major issues even if there are areas of disintest.

I love food though I have to admit that I do enjoy sticking with what I like over getting into too much experimentation.

Heh - I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't really want to poke at my apathy - it does seem to defeat the whole idea.

I am always in favor of comfort foods over something new and fancy.

I liked your entry. I love to cook and love food but I sometimes have non-food moods where I don't care.

I think if I had more time, or were cooking for more than one, I'd be more excited about it.

Thanks for reading.

I might be more like you if I lived alone. But my husband is a fabulous cook so I've branched out a lot. After eating his mac and cheese, Kraft just doesn't do it! Nice entry.

I occasionally convince my boyfriend to cook when I'm at his place; he's really good at it. But on my own I just eat from the box.

Thanks for reading.

I am a total foodie, and this just amazes me. (This is not a criticism, btw.) I enjoyed your post and the perspective so different from my own.

I have friends who are foodies, and I love having dinner with them. I just haven't ever managed to find the time to start paying attention.

Thanks for reading.

I second rosepurr's comment here. Her and I saw foodie tendencies, but you give a strong voice to a different perspective.

I kind of wish I were more of a foodie, but my way is at least faster.


I'm with you. I just don't care much about food. I'm intolerant to alcohol so I never pair wine with anything nor do I care to. I don't enjoy a good meal. My SO is a great cook, loves to try new stuff and to be honest, I love what he cooks, but if he doesn't I will just throw something together. It's all the same to me.

It's been nice to find people who feel the same way I do about food. Especially in Northern CA the fact that I don't care when the farmer's market is makes me kind of an oddball.

Thanks for reading.

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