Uber Eats, Doordash, Postmates.
In place of having a girlfriend, food seems to be the next best thing. It is terrible however to love food in my case as I tend to “love” it too much; love handles, rolls and all the extra make up what my body physically looks like in my early 40s at this point. It’s easy to change that; eat less, eat healthy and just go workout.
In this new pandemic era we live in, outside activities are more of a great risk. Although a walk, a jog, yoga or whatever exercise you engage in would be good for you, you also run the risk of mitigating all of that effort by catching COVID. So what does a person of my age or any age where they can still be active do aside from get a certification in being a tweeting/gramming/tiktoking couch potato?
Cooking seems to be the solution for me. I have a dysfunctional relationship with getting pots, pans, mittens, and a bunch of recipes together as my brain is generally shot by the end of the workday. Weekends for cooking are also seemingly difficult as I don’t really wanna do anything outside of maybe washing clothes and cleaning. The cost of ordering from restaurants and feeling generally limited in options of anything decent makes learning how to cook a more attractive option.
I consider that the more palatable fear for me is not doing it right, but more whether the food I make has a taste. Consider Spaghetti; it’s the simplest of dishes to complete and one where flavor is paramount. Get the pasta, get the sauce, get the pot and the water. Let the pasta cook and the sauce, mix them together with parmesan and you have a dinner.
Well, that’s really all you have; something strapped together to have what is generally considered the third meal of the day. Each time I make spaghetti, it feels like I’m eating a bowl of shoestrings with some seasoning. If there’s nothing else I’d like to learn how to cook, it’s a god damn spaghetti dinner that doesn’t feel like you are consuming air.
I tried this recipe the other night and it had a little flavor, but not enough to be anything outstanding. I will probably research more recipes that give it more fire and sustenance. Given the upcoming snowstorm coming this weekend, I may be too late with being able to do this but it would still be good to have some stuff stored away for when the latest snowstorm stops.
It may be hilarious to think that of all the things I need to consider for my future, cooking a memorable and attractive Spaghetti dinner would be one of them. My aim is to have simple, reachable goals this year that have nothing to do with impressing the greater society and more of making myself more of a whole person. I’ll worry about whether anyone will remember me or even love me latter.
Come to think of it – making the perfect Spaghetti dinner would make me memorable.