Something else I obsess about.

New food obsession (somerset crackers, cream cheese, gherkins)
somerset crackers, cream cheese, and gherkins

I have an … interesting relationship with food.
I like it well enough, and I don’t think I would prefer it if we all ate sustenance tablets or anything, but I find it so tiresome.

Craig and I have a well worn folio of recipes that we make. Curries, stir-frys (stir-fries?), Italian food, steak. When we lived in London and he did most of the cooking (seeing as how he was home from work at 5:05pm and I wasn’t home til near 7) we bought a cook book and he learned to cook more, and cook well. We are also very picky people, and our pickiness does not always line up*. It’s ever so complicated but it works for us.

I tend to fixate on food. For a while all I would eat for breakfast was crumpets with marmite. For the next little while it was english muffins, and at the moment it is peanut butter on crackers, or toast. At the moment I would eat vindaloo three times a week if Craig wasn’t there to roll his eyes and ask if maybe, just maybe, I could make something else on my nights to cook.

For a while all I craved for snack foods was hummus and pita bread. Then it was plain crackers. Now it is crackers with cream cheese and gherkins.

I’m a kind of like a pregnant lady with my strange strange food cravings, only without the little parasite.

I always have been like this. Fixating on flavours, or eating in order. I know it infuriates my family**. I get obsessed with a particular brand or flavour of say, museli bar, and eat them for months at a time. And then, all of a sudden, with no rhyme or reason, and usually when others could finally remember what damned museli bar it was that I ate, it would fade and I couldn’t stomach them.

This post isn’t going anywhere. Seriously. I just can’t stop thinking about crackers with cream cheese and gherkins.

p.s. I took the Baron-Cohen Autism-Spectrum questionnaire. I scored just as highly as I suspected I would. What do you think I scored? What did you score?

* We do however both abhor tomatoes. We are a no tomatoes household. Yes, seriously, tomatoes. Ick.
** It is a huge joke in my family about how I hate having my foods touch on a plate. But seriously, it bothers me. A lot. Especially if it’s something hot like, say, lasagne, and something cold like Salad. I would prefer a different plate for each.

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7 comments

  1. Kat · June 3, 2010

    Ugh I am the same. In very many ways, the same. Food cannot touch. Hot should not touch cold. I like to eat the same thing for breakfast for ages, then completely go off it. Sometimes though I hate eating the same thing for dinner more than twice a week. Dave can eat the same thing most days without minding.I'm not really sure why people love food so much. I like it well enough, but not enough to care more about cooking.I did have a really strong craving for chicken in pita bread pockets with salad and greek yoghurt last night, though, and it was awesome.And I scored 27! I am slightly nutty, but not totally there yet.

  2. Annie Spandex · June 3, 2010

    Vindiloo <3<3<3I hear you. There's a certain brand of frozen burrito that I have eaten every day for years at a time. I broke the habit last year when I didn't have a microwave.

  3. Crumble · June 3, 2010

    I kind of see food has something I have to do but I want to enjoy it at the same time. I try to do a good job when cooking but I have the tried and true meals that I tend to cook all the time but I'm not crazy about certain foods but I have to have Earl Grey tea.

  4. Sarah-Rose · June 3, 2010

    Kat – People who are super gourmet with their food kind of bug me. I know it shouldn't but it's just … I don't care about the crust on your damn corn reared organic meat product, or the roulade you served it with. But I do on occasion get tired of the same four or five meals we cook during the week. That's when we break out the ones that are slightly more difficult.I scored 30 on the AQ test. The other two people I know who took it scored 23 and 31.Annie – I love that when I cook vindaloo it makes me sneeze until I temper it with tomato puree. Mm, spicy!Crumble – I like food enough to want to enjoy what I do have to eat, but I can't be bothered with all the mess it makes too!

  5. Vitamin K · June 4, 2010

    I love love love food, but I'm not that picky (apart form being pescetarian). I love white bread and fried cheap food as well as caviar and blue cheese. :pAnd I don't really care what touches.I scored 25 on the test. I have my neuroticisms but I enjoy people and can usually read them pretty well.

  6. Laura McQuillan · June 13, 2010

    I'm the same with eating one food constantly for a while, then going off it. I'm verrrry picky and if I don't have a craving for something, or I don't know what I feel like eating, I will have a tantrum and not eat. Yes, I am 4. And I can't bring myself to eat leftovers that I saved especially for work if that's not the food I feel like!!

  7. Sarah-Rose · June 13, 2010

    Kim – Blue cheese!! Oh my. I've tried to get on board with stinky cheeses and I've only JUST managed to be able to eat Parmesan. I can't see myself ever eating Blue Cheese.Laura – I get the same thing, if I'm too hungry then NOTHING sounds good. And then I get cranky. Craig is getting better at just choosing something/anything for me to eat and making me eat it.

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